We, here in Greece, have been hearing the word “effort” since Samaras coalition government took power in June 2012. Some 20 to 30 times per day, we hear and/or read this magical word: EFFORT – especially when it comes to show the … efforts the Greek government make to get the country back in track. There is no chance you hear a government official speaking on television, radio or to newspaper without using the bingo-euphemism word EFFORT and thus more than one time pro interview or statement.
Effort : a vigorous or determined attempt (dictionary).
There are times when I think that the whole government pro-austerity rhetoric is packed in this one single word that is covering all the negative austerity impact on people’s real lives like melted chocolate. Then every government EFFORT normally translates into additional austerity measures in form of new direct and indirect taxes and levies and income cuts. All this is summarized in one word; in one title: EFFORT.
And at the very end, all this government’s effort to meet its commitments towards its lenders is just an ..attempt. That is an act of trying to achieve something, an act that normally is not certain to be crowned with success.
At the very end, all this government effort could land in failure and the government could then declare “it was just an effort“. No sense of responsibility and be blessed everyone.
As I mentioned above, we have been hearing this since last June. Today, it was the turn of German to get inflicted with the Greek governments’ effort.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday morning. Before their talks the two leaders held a press conference.
“I would like at the outset to make clear that our country is making enormous efforts, accompanied by great sacrifices, to get things back on the right path,” Samaras told reporters before his talks with Merkel.
“We are trying to win back credibility, among the peoples of Europe and among the financial markets,” he said, adding that Greece had adopted a raft of measures to achieve this goal and to get liquidity flowing to businesses again.
“This and investments are the two big elements which are necessary for our country, a country that is indeed suffering a great deal, above all from the scourge of unemployment, especially among young people.” (Reuters)
Antonis Samaras told also Germans about his government effort to combat tax evasion 🙂
A bursted government effort
In the context of the Greek effort Samaras’ government deputy FINMIN was forced to withdraw a clause in the new taxation system according to which certain professions like electricians and plumbers would not be obliged to issue receipts, if they had annual income of 10,000 euro in 2012. A government politician, MP or official ( I failed to take notes), told private Skai TV this morning, that this measure was aiming to representatives of these professions in small villages who do not make a lot of profit.
After a general outcry by other proffesional groups and taxpayers like employees and pensioners, the government effort to exclude certain guilds and potential voters from the tax burden was successfully withdrawn as a … bursted effort .