Editorial: Hope is out and taxes are in…

The government of Mr. Tsipras may stand out for its inconsistency in words and actions, but there is one section where it is…

Editorial: Hope is out and taxes are in… | tovima.gr

The government of Mr. Tsipras may stand out for its inconsistency in words and actions, but there is one section where it is absolutely and ideologically consistent. That is none other than taxation. The cure-all for every problem is to introduce new taxes or raise the existing ones.

Although they stress in all tones that their main duty is to protect the more vulnerable sections of society, they appear willing to raise indirect taxes. That is taxation that unfairly affects everyone across the board, irrespective of income.

After they raised the VAT on dozens of products last year, now they are prepared to increase the VAT even more to cover the fiscal deficits. Clearly for a left wing minister the 400-to-500 million euros that the people will be called to pay via this tax hike do not constitute a reduction of income, but a little present to state coffers…

That is not the only increase that is being planned. Fuel, tobacco, telecommunications and cable television are also considered, because clearly these products and services are for business tycoons and not the people. They do the same in any sector of the economy that is still standing and producing. Just like in tourism, where after the VAT hike they are planning to introduce a special tax for each overnight stays.

The Tsipras government is the social justice upon which the left has invested into a general leveling. Anyone with an income over 20,000 euros is considered rich, anyone producing must be punished.

The infamous plan for productive reconstruction that Mr. Dragasakis was preparing and we still expect has been replaced raising absolutely every tax. The fact the economy is sinking, businesses are shutting down and people are unable to pay the existing taxes, does not concern anyone in our leftist government.

People are running out of patience though. Even the government’s most fanatic supporters cannot endure the leis and instead of hope, they are seeing one tax after the other come out of nowhere…

TO VIMA

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