OPINION

Taxpayers in despair

The ease with which Greek politicians slap new taxes on top of old ones is almost impressive, especially given their intense reluctance to adopt cost-saving measures such as closing down parts of the public sector that serve no real purpose.

After three years, some effort is finally being made by the government to address the country’s real problems. In the meantime, however, law-abiding citizens with a sense of civic duty have been pushed to despair by overtaxation, without there seeming to be an end in sight.

Greek politicians must see that if they continue along this path, the middle class will eventually lash out and people will stop paying taxes, either because they simply cannot or because they are no longer willing to watch their last reserves being taken away from them and thrown into useless departments in the public administration or to fill the gap created by tax evasion by others.