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Greek tax collectors run out of money for gas to collect taxes

Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up

Published: June 5, 2012

As European leaders grapple with how to preserve their monetary union, Greece is rapidly running out of money.

Government coffers could be empty as soon as July, shortly after this month’s pivotal elections. In the worst case, Athens might have to temporarily stop paying for salaries and pensions, along with imports of fuel, food and pharmaceuticals.

Officials, scrambling for solutions, have considered dipping into funds that are supposed to be for Greece’s troubled banks. Some are even suggesting doling out i.o.u.’s.


Editor's note: Is this the future of the US?

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Look on the bright side.

When Greece's and many more governments collapse, people won't be as ready to submit to the state. We'll probably have the biggest intellectual revolution since the Enlightenment.

It is an enormous simplification to speak of the American mind. Every American has his own mind.

~Ludwig von Mises

I am currently in Athens...

Been following Dr Paul for 5 years. Currently live in Bulgaria which neighbors Greece and is 50% cheaper in all aspects and taxes are much lower. I am in athens for vacation as the coffee shops and beaches are packed so the crisis still has not hit home. Funds are drying up and tax collectors seem to have no clue that their salaries are been paid with this money. I sat for 5 hours waiting to pay for property taxes the other day without anyone giving a dam about giving out information. The people have been so conditioned to receive handouts either from the government or their parents that they have no clue what real work even means. The worse part is that the government leadership is so divided which is affecting everyone in a bad way as the tv tells them their only hope is to have outsiders decide on their future. Getting out of the Euro would be a blessing as the power to decide on economic policies goes back into the hands of the local government. The Eurocrats are talking on both sides of their mouth, in one saying that Greece will be worse off by exiting the euro on the other side saying that their will be a domino effect of exits if it does happen. What are they trying to hide?? The best bet right now is to study what Iceland has done by kicking out the bankers and freezing their debt. This will allow tax receipts to be used for infrastructure and not interest on the debt as taxes can be lowered and people get back to work. The conviction of restructuring the government is missing here and the people still believe that bigger governments the answer. This will get way worse before they get any better here, as the politicians are easily swayed by money and influence. The nazi party got 10% of the votes in the election because only the radical parties are somewhat in line with the sentiments of the general public. Insanity ensues...

Can English speaking (English only) people live in Bulgaria?

Would they be able to work...communicate? Thanks!

NYTIMES...LOL...trying to

NYTIMES...LOL...trying to scare the Greeks not to vote for the Euzone exit. Elections are scheduled 10 days from today to choose whatever Greece would dump the Euro, so mass media is full of globalist propaganda trying to scare the greeks and the world.

this is messed up as well....

"European officials took a small step in that direction Tuesday by proposing a central authority for banking regulation, which would require countries to give up a bit of cherished sovereignty."

how far off are we to something like this? if we do restore sanity and freedom to our economy, it will still be a very chaotic recovery, much needed, but still chaotic. Reading this article reminds me of the Kings tax collectors who would burn villages and collect grain and livestock. The mafia at its finest. The people evading the taxes are patriots more or less who do not want pay a failing government money, especially when they know they wont get anything in return. It's amazing how simple"our" answer is, free enterprise and limited government intervention, yet, so many people still adhere to the powers at be and complete manipulation of the markets. How can they not see that it is straight conditioning? The ones who willingly give up their freedoms need to understand how those actions effect everyone.

Their motto is "Dont Tread On Me"...

Cant wait

for the world to realize the paper money we all use is not worth anything.

The scariest line is from Merkel...

...who's quoted as saying that "European leaders needed to find a way to create the political union that the world is looking for to complement their monetary union."

The NWO sure looks to be moving into its next phase.

Using their own masterminded financial crisis to coerce countries to fork over sovereignty for the promise of stability.

hitchiking tax collector

Good luck getting a ride ;)


Serves 'em right.


there is good news when tyranny self-destructs

Even in the face of collapse, they are in denial

the last quote says it all. This person thinks all they need is a government that will more forceably impose on the greek public to do what it says and give all of their money to gov't.

“Yes, we need change,” Mr. Nikolakopoulos said. “But things will only improve in Greece when we get a stable government that will impose its political will.”

No, Mr. Nikolakopoulos...you wil recover when you realize that the runaway,irresponsible government has sucked the people of your country dry and you reduce the size of the government to a very small level, while also pulling out of the Euro and giving your citizens a gold/silver standard.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

what he is saying is basically that

if people on the margin--those not already on pension plans or currently rely their source of income purely on work salary--would just somehow go away with their dissent. his idea of 'going away' perhaps constitutes of seeing a stable government in place and hence make no place for them to protest. all things would then become better, namely they could progress on with the bailout and their pensions would be saved, albeit a replacement plan with cuts in benefits with more future cuts likely to come.

subconsciously they know they can't compete with the working men, and the last thing they want to see is this thing coming apart and they have to work hard to save all over again. this is just another speech saying 'i wish the youth who don't have a job would just quietly shut up and take what is offered to them'. i am not sure what that is actually. 'become a government parasite or starve'?

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It is amazing to see the blatant tyranny

in a system that grew on promises of beneficence to the people. When will all citizens wake up?


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Some things just never change.

'Flogging a dead horse'? Interesting choice of words from this tax collector.


When is this going to stop

When is this going to stop being falsely reported as a "recession" and correctly reported as a "depression?"

Correctly reported, I made myself laugh...

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." -Benjamin Franklin

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