With news about Greece, headlines always talk about “budget cuts”. Rarely, if ever, does anyone mention increasing revenue to solve Greek economic problems. It seems to be taboo to point about the Greek peoples’ aversion to paying taxes.
I read one article awhile back about a professor, who was hired to find ways to help improve tax collection. He developed an effective method and presented to the government. Nothing happened, so he quit. But, he did inform foreign journalist that his plans were thwarted by politicians and bureaucrats, whose main interest was maintaining the status quo, ie. tax evasion.
It seems that is easier for Greece to borrow money and default on payments, as well as demand assistance from the international community, than it is to demand honest payment of taxes. At least there is a slight parallel to the United States, except that no one is demanding payment from the wealthy, only little guys. In every country, those are the folks to suffer at the hands of power and wealth...which are interchangeable.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.