G as in Germany – G as in Greece.
Two countries, each great for the known reasons, and each with a character vastly different from the other.
The World knows how the Greek “situation” has come to be, the Greeks do not. No responsible political party has bothered to explain to the people what went wrong and why. The radical “left” stepped in to tell the nation its version of what happened and what the nation should do, moving the national “mood” to the left of center. No responsible political party has presented an objective explanation of the situation with an objective allocation of responsibility for the situation. No responsible political party has presented a plan, complete with figures allocation of sources and specific objectives for each segment of the Greek society, with which the country can climb out of the pit with the help of its Eurozone partners.
Why was the conduct of the Athens 2004 Olympics so successful? Obviously because an “iron lady” was in charge and she left nothing to chance, despite the delaying tactics of the present Minister of Finance, who was then the Minister under whose authority was the preparation of the stadiums and other venues and he wanted to have his way, for his own reasons. The very successful conduct of the games was an achievement for
The lesson of experience with the 2004 Olympics is that when given a goal the Greeks can display German-like efficiency and achievement, which leads to the question why are the Greeks left to wallow in misery instead of being presented with realistic solutions to their problems? The obvious answer is lack of leadership and that neither of the two leading parties has a well documented solution to the problem and with elections expected in the near future all those with a “plan” want to present it as an electoral platform.
The anger displayed in every occasion, with people exhibiting disdain, even aggression, when they see politicians is an example of despair. People are suffering the repercussions of the Gigantic National Debt and they see no light at the end of the tunnel; suffering with no expiry date.
When the Germans are angry they display anger with civility. Greek anger is not constrained. In
What will the political platforms of the Greek parties present? An attractive story of Economic development? Based on what? NEW tenets? A New socio-economic contract? Will they borrow something from the German book of success?
Will they want to reduce “Government” by passing to private enterprise a number of activities which the public sector is engaged in, as is the case with
Will the two parties promise (and materialize the promise) to do away with the development-killer bureaucracy? German public sector executives will be installed in the Greek public sector to help reduce the “killer” bureaucracy. Will, after they are gone, the Greek public sector revert to its old poisonous ways, with the help of the political parties?
Will they push for the exploitation of the national resources under the ground and under the sea bed?
Will they push for a close cooperation between farmers’ cooperatives and private sector knowhow, to thus enable the farmers to gain more by processing (where advisable) and marketing, in partnership with private sector expertise, their output?
Will they wage war on waste? Forty customs houses are to cease operating. Will their installations be put to other uses, to save the public sector money, will they be abandoned and save the country rental payments for unused installations, or will the government keep paying the rents, for no, obvious, reason?
Will they diligently yield the axe on the expenses of local Government? Persistent talk and facts known point to the possibility of great opportunities for savings there.
Will the Greek politicos, finally, adhere to the doctrine of the separation powers and separate the legislative from the executive? Today’s challenges require expertise which politicians, let alone the political operatives who constitute the parties’ nomenclature, do not possess. Accomplished individuals should undertake the executive function with the politicos legislating in accordance with the requirements of the executive. Of course in
Will they accept that the tax payers should not finance the political parties, which, any way, cater to the interests of the “pressure groups”? Voluntary financial support, in full view of the country should replace the current stipends and no public employee, paid by the tax payers, should be engaged in the service of the political parties. Will they accept this?
Will they accept that the Unions be financed solely by their members contributions, so that the tax payers do not finance what, in effect, is a political apparatus in the service of political parties?
Will they bind themselves to reducing deficits to near zero, indeed since from June 2012
Will they restart the Economy by wiping out all the dis-incentives to investments and provide meaningful incentives to investors?
Will they collaborate with private enterprise to plan economic growth and prepare plans for specific projects to be presented to foreign investors?
Can a Greek Government do all what should be done, in the way that it should? A Government of Technocrats? Yes, definitely. A government from and of the parties who brought the country to its knees? Very doubtful.
The American solution to recession has, successfully, been expansion instead of austerity. This seems to have been, finally, understood by the Germans who now heed to the suggestion of the EU leadership, which, until recently, they have ignored, that growth is urgently required to pull