Thursday, June 23, 2011

Taki for Primer Minister of Greece!

He would end the BS, and not be afraid to stand up to the banksters and crooked politicians. He explains the way things are now:

Here’s the scoop on poor old Hellas, that sad little EU country given a temporary reprieve from being hauled to the municipal dump: Greece will default sometime in 2012. If there are any doubters around, this prediction comes from the great oracle of economics Taki, the very same Taki who smelled a rat even before the Greek government was caught red-handed cooking the books under the advice of the poisonous giant squid, Goldman Sachs. The latter took its giant fee and went back home in order to continue screwing the innocent. The Greeks stayed on the beach and are now paying for past follies.

The trouble is that no one responsible for the disaster has been punished. An ex-minister of defense under the socialist government of ten years ago, one Akis Tsohatsopoulos, was said to have 180 million Euros in his private bank account. The bum had no family money except his ministerial salary. The newspapers screamed bloody murder to no avail. He threatened to reveal the truth about defense-contract kickbacks, so the “conservatives” clammed up. The result was a typical Hellenic fiasco. He kept the money and everyone went to the beach.

How can anyone take these Greek politicians seriously? Constantine Karamanlis, dead for years, called the military junta crooks, but Taki knew better when he sent food packages to the wives of the coup leaders while their husbands rotted in jail. Karamanlis oversaw the first period of corruption when he talked Greece into the EU back in the early 80s. Andreas Papandreou, father of the present Greek premier, was known as Ali Baba because he and his forty ministers turned lying and stealing into a Greek art form, a far more profitable endeavor than building useless edifices such as the Parthenon. Another Karamanlis, a nephew, fired a metaphorical coup de grĂ¢ce into the economy when for five years he sat on his very fat ass and watched the public sector steal whatever was worth stealing.

Do you follow me? The only Greeks whose hands are clean are that tiny minority who keep government away from their businesses. Managing a business in Greece is a bit like running a diner on New York’s mean streets during Don Corleone’s time. Sooner or later some wise guy—the government—will come in and demand a cut. Business in Greece is dependent on political influence, and without it there is no business. I haven’t got the space, nor the patience, to list the cases I know of Greek Americans who brought money into good old Hellas in order to start a business and got screwed out of it by government officials. It is very simple. If one wants to conduct business in the birthplace of electrolysis, one has to bribe government officials, and government in Greece is thoroughly, totally, completely, 100 percent corrupt. I was forced to sell a real-estate/hotel complex now worth one hundred million Euros for less than one tenth its value because I refused to pay a bribe to the National Bank of Greece to lower the 35% interest I was paying. Dumb? Definitely. This was twenty years ago, but it gave me great pleasure to walk away and return only on my boat to check out the women on the beaches. Some of you old-time readers may remember that just about then some gangsters also blew up the boat I had inherited from my old dad. I refused to pay them part of the insurance money I collected...

Read the rest here.

If after reading the above in full, you aren't convinced Taki is the man that he may be too old at 74, read this.

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