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Deputy PM Says Tax Limits of Greek Society Exhausted

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As G-Pap goes from meeting to meeting with his hand held out making promises to asset strip and tax his country into oblivion, AP is reporting that Deputy PM Theodore Pangalos that the country's tax-ability is exhausted (and has exhausted for some time). It is truly astounding that this farce has gone on for so long even as it appears (from the riots/strikes/press) that everyone (serfs and lords alike now) sees through the plans.

Via The Associated Press: Greek Official: Ability to pay new taxes exhausted

 

 

Greece has "exhausted" its ability to pay more taxes to cover budget gaps, the deputy prime minister declared Wednesday, saying he himself can't pay a new emergency tax without selling property.

 

Theodoros Pangalos spoke as the debt-shackled nation faced fresh strikes and braced for another inspection by international creditors, starting Thursday, to decide whether to continue the vital bailout loan payouts.

 

Parliament approved a new emergency property tax Tuesday to be added to electricity bills later this year, as Greece remains under strong international pressure to abide by its painful deficit-cutting targets. Greece will go bankrupt by mid-October if it does not get an expected euro8 billion ($11 billion) loan.

 

"I believe that the tax limits of Greek society have been exhausted. I would say they have been exhausted for some time," Pangalos told private Mega television.

 

Pangalos, a 73-year-old Sorbonne-trained economist, is listed as owner or part-owner of eight properties and farmland in greater Athens and several other parts of Greece.

 

"The property I own was purely obtained through inheritance. Personally, I have never bought anything ... I will be obliged to sell some of these properties. There is nothing else I can do," Pangalos said.

 

Greeks have been outraged by the announcement of new austerity measures, including pension cuts and the new property tax, coming after more than a year of spending cuts and tax hikes.

 

In Athens, another 24-hour public transport strike Wednesday left commuters struggling to reach work, as unions lashed out against the austerity measures that the Socialist government hopes will get it access to crucial loans.

 

The strike left Athens without buses, subway services, taxis and trams. Customs and tax office workers were also on strike, while about 350 retirees demonstrated outside the Finance Ministry against the latest pension cuts and tax increases.

 

The heads of Greece's international debt inspectors are due back in Athens on Thursday to complete a review of the government's cost-cutting program.

 

International creditors have urged Greece's Socialist government to make deeper cuts in public payroll costs instead of repeatedly raising taxes.

 

Late Wednesday, more than 1,000 protesters from a Communist-backed labor union demonstrated outside the Finance Ministry, urging Greeks not to pay emergency property tax bills being sent to households this fall. Protesters burned copies of the tax notices during the peaceful rally.

 

"We're against workers paying even one euro for this situation," Iota Tavoulari from the union of pharmaceutical workers told The Associated Press.

 

"We know very well that none of the money from all the (loan) installments, received after really slaughtering the rights of workers, is going to support the workers. Not one euro to salaries, not one euro to pensions, and not one euro to social welfare," she said. "It is being paid to those who caused this crisis."

 

 

 


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Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:47 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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RISE UP!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:05 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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 Tax Limits of Greek Society Exhausted

 

 

wtf

same here in the US

taxed to death....a thousand cuts....every way you turn there is another tax

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:08 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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The only difference is that here in the U.S. we actually pay those taxes.  Just ask a house owner in New Jersey. 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:16 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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i feel your pain, having lived in new york

now in DE where at least there is no sales tax and lower property tax

small victories

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:32 | Link to Comment Long-John-Silver
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Ask people in (or have ran away from) Detroit if they are still paying property taxes on property they have abandoned because of those taxes.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:32 | Link to Comment NumNutt
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When I watch and read the news concerning the Greek/Euro financial meltdown, it feels like I am looking at a crystal ball and I am watching the future of California/USA financial meltdown. I don't think we have long to wait before we have our own shit sandwich, and everyone will have to take a bite to make it go away...

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:07 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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Well that was fast, wasn't it?  BTW the taxes raised so far?  The Greeks aren't paying them either.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 01:43 | Link to Comment Michael
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Ben Bernanke better get that fucking QE3 going soon.

I need to see the destruction of the world economy maximized for my amusement.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 02:55 | Link to Comment bid the soldier...
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Did you want that in 2D, 3D or IMax?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 03:08 | Link to Comment toto
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For the first time ever it is going to be in 4D.

Better than expected...........

............or worse?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 03:28 | Link to Comment bid the soldier...
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Gimme a hint.

Is the 4th D a time thingy or a space thingy?

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 06:53 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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in this case, the fourth "D" is for distraction(like europe while we self destruct)

there will be another movie playing in the theater at the same time

cell phones are allowed, and there will be folks discussing the other movie sitting next to you

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 13:30 | Link to Comment bid the soldier...
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I bet that other movie is "Gone With The Wind."

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:47 | Link to Comment Jack Burton
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Amen! The local governments won't stop till we are all taxed out onto the streets. Then who will pay their bloody property taxes? A family can only earn so much money working for wages, yet they tax anyone who even trys to keep a decent home as if they were friggen rich.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:53 | Link to Comment Manthong
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Nothing but the best for city and town government.. and their employees (who used to be civil servants but are now the priviliged government class).

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:31 | Link to Comment Louie the Dog
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Government workers are the Ruling Class.  It is our duty, the peasants, to insure their high salaries, their short careers, and their lengthy pensions.  Now go back to work, a clerk at the DMV needs a raise.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 00:03 | Link to Comment FreedomGuy
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Hey, a bus driver in NYC deserves $140k/year with premium benefits you scab lovin' capitalist bourgois non working class pig!

If you piss off that DMV worker you won't get your tags. No tags, no driving. No driving no work. Cops spot you and jail! All for pissing off a DMV worker. Yup. We should have more government workers...like national healthcare! Piss them off and you won't get a doc appointment or admitted to the hospital. Instead of checking your insurance they will check your tax records for the last five years before admitting.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 00:08 | Link to Comment FreedomGuy
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Yes, they are going into past years looking for money, too. I've just gotten a small bill for a 2007 error and a big IRS nastygram for 2009. I don't have the money and they've taken a shitload of money from me the last three years as I lost my job twice and had to cash out 401k's and got a severance.

They will never stop until government changes. Fighting them is futile. It's like punching the fog.

 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:09 | Link to Comment Cheesy Bastard
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If the tax limits of Greek society are really exhausted, then they should be given shorter days and more vacation time.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:05 | Link to Comment Gene Parmesan
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This would seem to be the official announcement from the Greek government. Should be interesting to see how it's received by the rest of the world.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:57 | Link to Comment piceridu
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Signor Fibonacci, 

Il suo gusto per armi da fuoco è impareggiabile. 

 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:05 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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Mrs.Carberry: Fecking Greeks!
Colm: It isn't the Greeks, it's the Chinese he's after.
Father Ted: I'm not after the Chinese!
Mrs.Carberry:I don't care who he gets as long as I can have a go at the Greeks. They invented gayness!

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 07:50 | Link to Comment covert
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down with the nhilism of greece

http://expose2.wordpress.com

 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:48 | Link to Comment FunkyMonkeyBoy
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We are all slaves of the New World Order.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:51 | Link to Comment nah
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i know rite arent we supposed to get numbers and barcodes so they can shut off the polution at the level of individual citizen

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:12 | Link to Comment AbelCatalyst
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My guess is Greece gets the $$ THEN gives up. Think about it - if you knew you were done financially wouldn't you try to find $ before declaring, knowing you'll have nothing left.... It's fraud, but isn't that what Greecs has been doing all along? They know they're done. They know they're going to be booted. They know they have no $ left. They know it's the end game... Why not make one last money grab?!

Equities shoot to the moon on initial announcement, then the final nail - a perfect final chapter... Just sayin - it could happen....

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:28 | Link to Comment CPL
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Would you loan a friend money if his checks bounced every month in the last year?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:10 | Link to Comment Putty
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No. I would lend him your money. That's what is happening here.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:14 | Link to Comment CPL
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lol!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:27 | Link to Comment knukles
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And take my cut for arranging the transaction.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:35 | Link to Comment knukles
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@

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:20 | Link to Comment Die Weiße Rose
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the US Fed, Goldman Sachs or some other pay-day Loan Shark are selling ninja loans to fools right now.

Remember AIG ? How else would Greece have faked their way into the EU ?

Remember ENRON ? Nothing has Changed !

this whole financial system is corrupt and needs to fail!

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. managed $15 billion of bond sales for Greece after arranging a currency swap that allowed the government to hide the extent of its deficit.

No mention was made of the swap in sales documents for the securities in at least six of the 10 sales the bank arranged for Greece since the transaction, according to a review of the prospectuses by Bloomberg. The New York-based firm helped Greece raise $1 billion of off-balance-sheet funding in 2002 through the swap, which European Union regulators said they knew nothing about.

Goldman Sachs earned about $24 million underwriting Greek government bonds since 2002, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Goldman Sachs underwrote 10 bond sales. Prospectuses for six of them, obtained by Bloomberg, contain no mention of the swaps. The other four couldn’t be obtained.

Goldman could face legal liability “if it could be established that they were knowingly hiding risk, and therefore knew or had reason to know that the bond disclosure documents were misleading,”

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=asBNXSLtlN9E

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 00:34 | Link to Comment Cosmicserpent
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GS faces legal liability?! Those motherfuckers need to be stood up against a wall and shot. After a fair trial of course. MOTHERFUCKERS!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:41 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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male or female.

for extra credit: "define female friend."

extra, extra credit: "define female fiend."

extra, extra, extra credit: "insert your dollar amount to your female fiend here:__________________."

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:08 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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77n: Jill Clayburgh / Leon Redbone

Olympia Cafe

Pete Dionasopolis.....John Belushi
George.....Dan Aykroyd
Nico.....Bill Murray
Sandy.....Laraine Newman
New Waitress.....Jill Clayburgh
Male Customer.....Garrett Morris
Female Customer.....Gilda Radner
Benefit Lady.....Jane Curtin

 

A busy diner owned by the blustering, mustachioed Pete Dionasopolis. He rings up a sale on his cash register. Greek music plays quietly in the background throughout the sketch. The phone rings and Pete answers:]

Pete: [into phone] Hello, Olympia Cafe! ... [yells to George, the cook] Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

George: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

Pete: [into phone] No. No fries, chips. ... [yells to Nico, the counterman] Four chip!

Nico: Four chip!

Pete: [into phone] What to drink? No Coke. Pepsi. ... [yells to Nico] Four Pepsi!

Nico: Four Pepsi!

Pete: [into phone] All right.

[Sandy, the stern, dark-haired waitress is training an awkward new employee.]

Sandy: [to the new waitress] Just do what I do, huh? [demonstrates what to say to the others] Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

Sandy: Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

Sandy: Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

George: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

Sandy: Three chip!

New Waitress: Three chip!

Sandy: Three Pepsi!

New Waitress: Three Pepsi!

Nico: Three chip! Three Pepsi!

Male Customer: [paying his bill, to Pete at the cash register] I see that you are training another new waitress again.

Pete: [making change] Yeah. But she won't stay. They all want money! You know? Even him! [indicates Nico who stands by, grinning stupidly] I bring him over from Greece. I give him free food. A nice place to sleep in the back. But, even now, he's always asking for money! Ehh! [pushes Nico back to work] Come on, get out of here.

Sandy: Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

Sandy: Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

George: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

Sandy: Two chip!

New Waitress: Two chip!

Sandy: Two Pepsi!

New Waitress: Two Pepsi!

Nico: Two chip! Two Pepsi!

Female Customer: [sitting at counter, to Pete] Hey, uh, I'm almost done. I, uh, better order that stuff to go.

Pete: Ah! I like you. You eat fast. All right, what to go?

Female Customer: Um, I want a cheeseburger, Pepsi and a bag of chips.

Pete: [yells] Cheeseburger! Pepsi! Chip!

George: Cheeseburger!

Nico: Pepsi! Chip!

Pete: Sandy! C'mere!

Sandy: [Pete exits as Sandy stands at the cash register with the new waitress who hangs up her coat before Sandy explains the system] Okay, when Pete goes, you have to stand by the cash register but don't touch it. Pete is the only one to touch the cash register, huh?

Benefit Lady: [enters with placard, goes to counter, talks to Nico] Hi! Uh, we're having a benefit for the Tagart twins -- you know, the little boys that ate the balloon -- and I was wondering if I could put this poster in your window. [Nico doesn't understand a word she's saying but nods anyway] I can? [Nico shrugs, the benefit lady is delighted] Oh!

Nico: [to the benefit lady] Cheeseburger?

Female Customer: [to the benefit lady] Look, um, he doesn't understand English. All he knows is "Cheeseburger" ...

Nico: [to female customer] Cheeseburger?

Female Customer: [George brings her order in a bag] Oh, hi, George, look, uh, I wanna tell you this joke, okay? [indicates Nico] Oh, tell him too -- it's real funny. Um, this guy says to the owner of a restaurant ... [George translates in Greek to Nico] Uh, I got some bad news for you and some worse news ... [George translates] Uh, the bad news is ... [George translates] ... that there's a fly in my soup ... [George translates] Uh, the worse news is ... [George translates] It's the best part of the meal! ... [An amused George translates the punch-line but Nico doesn't understand so George repeats it. Nico still doesn't get it, shrugs apologetically. George gives up, gestures to the customer that Nico is not too bright, hands her her order, and heads back to the grill.] Thank you. [rises, pays at register, and exits]

Sandy: [phone rings, Sandy picks up, speaks into phone] Olympia Cafe. ... To go? Okay. ... [yells] Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

George: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

Sandy: Two chip! Two Pepsi!

Nico: Two chip! Two Pepsi!

Pete: [returns, shoos Sandy and the new waitress away] All right, come on, come on, come on, come on, let's go, come on, move, come on!

Benefit Lady: [to Pete] Hi! Um, we're having a benefit and I was wondering if I could put this poster in your window.

Pete: Sure. Five dollars.

Benefit Lady: No! No, no, no, you don't understand. It's a benefit.

Pete: [upset] Look, you come in here, you don't even buy something, you want me to put something in the window?!

Benefit Lady: Oh, okay, I'll buy something, I'll buy something.

Pete: Okay, what'll you have?

Benefit Lady: Uh, I'll have a club sandwich and a tea.

Pete: No club, no tea. Cheeseburger.

Benefit Lady: Okay, I'll have a cheeseburger, well done.

Pete: All right, cheeseburger. What to drink?

Benefit Lady: Ah, no tea?

Pete: No tea. Pepsi.

Benefit Lady: Ah, do you have root beer?

Pete: No. No root beer. Pepsi.

Benefit Lady: Grape. Do you have--?

Pete: Pepsi!!

Benefit Lady: I don't think I want anything to drink, thanks.

Pete: Okay, tea. [quickly pours her a tea]

Sandy: Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

Sandy: Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

George: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

Pete: [upset, to the new waitress] Hey, hey, yo! Hey, you! You don't say it right! Okay? Listen. [with Greek accent, spoken quickly and without pronouncing the "s"] Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

Pete: Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger!

Pete: No, no. Cheeseburger!

George: [thinks an order is being made] Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

[Pete, George, and the new waitress all yell "Cheeseburger" back and forth, faster and faster, until the waitress explodes in fury:]

New Waitress: [throws her ticket book] I can't stand this place! [runs behind register to grab her coat] It's, like, nuts! I'm just getting out of this place! This is crazy! [grabs coat] Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

George: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

New Waitress: [keeps ranting] Pepsi! Chip!

Nico: Pepsi! Chip!

New Waitress: [putting on coat] Cheeseburger! Pepsi!

George: Cheeseburger!

Nico: Pepsi!

Benefit Lady: [trying to calm her] Hey, it's okay! It's okay! Everything's gonna be fine now. [to the employees, who watch dispassionately] Can somebody get her a glass of water?

Pete: No water. Pepsi.

Benefit Lady: All right, a Pepsi!

Pete: One Pepsi! [But Nico merely stands there, watching the distressed waitress until Pete hits him several times with a menu] Pepsi! Pepsi! Pepsi! Come on!

Nico: Pepsi!

Sandy: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

George: Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

[We end on the image of numerous burger patties sizzling on George's grill.]

[ pull back to wide shot of studio, with SUPER: "coming up next... How To Beat The Solar System" ]

[ fade ]

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:21 | Link to Comment juggalo1
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TLDR

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:37 | Link to Comment old naughty
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Cheeseburger, chips and Pepsi, got it.

And Leon Redbone is?

Will you have one for Ireland?

...then Portugal...Spain...

Oh, perhaps even a re-write so Pete stays a few minutes longer  for his Greek role?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:14 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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"And Leon Redbone is?"  Musical guest.  Sang "shine on harvest moon"

Speaking of getting shined on, Gully Foyle left off the punch line:

Pete: Tell ECB 'no pay'.

Sandy: No pay! No pay! No pay! No pay! No pay! No pay! 

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 00:43 | Link to Comment IrritableBowels
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Fuck off.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 03:43 | Link to Comment Lord Welligton
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Ever hear of YouTube?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:44 | Link to Comment Schmuck Raker
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We? -1

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:49 | Link to Comment Edward Fiatski
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O-la-la. Default inevitable - you can't milk a hairy Greek tit.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:01 | Link to Comment X.inf.capt
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can we get this over with, please...

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:08 | Link to Comment DormRoom
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after Greece, they will have to deal with Portugal. Then Ireland. Then Spain, Then ...  It's only inning 1.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:09 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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And California, New Jersey, New York, the UK, the U.S., Belarus, Ukraine, old ladies in Florida, college graduates in Nebraska..........what else did I miss?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:15 | Link to Comment X.inf.capt
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WEST, your great, man, isn't this getting tiresome.. I wish it would end.. so we could start rebuilding...

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:16 | Link to Comment Cheesy Bastard
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It is rather taxing.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:08 | Link to Comment Fate
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O no you di'en't...

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:34 | Link to Comment Long-John-Silver
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Detroit went over the cliff years ago.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:36 | Link to Comment Stoploss
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Asia. Japan, Russia, pretty much everyone except you know who, Sweden. There, complete.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:43 | Link to Comment X.inf.capt
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dorm, this greek story is starting to bore the shit out of me...

its been greek week here on the HEDGE...

GREEK WEEK!....F*CK GREEK WEEK!

ITS BTFD WEEK,...BABY!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:13 | Link to Comment CharlieSDT
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Can't at least this inning only have 3 outs?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:07 | Link to Comment DormRoom
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USD carry trade unwind will destroy all markets.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:19 | Link to Comment zorba THE GREEK
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Please don't talk about hairy Greek tit, it gets Zorba very excited.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:49 | Link to Comment Cassandra Syndrome
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Another telephone conference call perhaps?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:51 | Link to Comment Edward Fiatski
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Only a Pap-Merkozy porn film leak will stall the fall in the markets, if only for a second!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:26 | Link to Comment youngman
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I´d rather have the Italian Berscoloni bunga bunga porn tape thank you

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:53 | Link to Comment Outlaw Of The W...
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Dino: Tell me something. What's a beautiful broad like you doing with a malaka like this? Huh?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:17 | Link to Comment Schmuck Raker
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Gary: What can I tell ya Dino - she likes malakas.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:54 | Link to Comment BetTheHouse
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Meanwhile, at the ECB: *** Fingers in ears ***  I'm not listening!! la-la-la! Greece will not default! Greece will not default!Greece will not ....

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:13 | Link to Comment DeadFred
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Speaking of the ECB what's point spread on the vote tomorrow where the German's are supposed to hand over their country to the ECB?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:54 | Link to Comment cynicalskeptic
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But wealthy Greeks can pay for camoflage nets to hide their swimming pools from the tax man........

Too many of the southern European economies - you too Italy - seem to view taxes an an 'optional' thing.  The wealthy (and many others who are not) who can afford to pay simply don't - they think it's a game not a civic responsibiity.  They want all the benefits - and they have been many of late in these countruies (far better benefits than many of the Scandinavian nation) but nobody wants to pay for them.  Democracies all seem to implode when their population gets greedy and demands more of government than they are willing to pay for - and the politicians oblige until the whole mess becomes unaffordable.  There's a difference between a 'safety net' for society and whoilesale giveaways and in Greece the government has been giving money away with early retirements, generous public salaries - and way too many government employees.  The Germans and others ghave a right to be po'd.

On the other hand, the Greeks should also be nmad at their former poolicticians who - with the help of Goldman Sachs - lied like hell to get into the EU in the first place.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:02 | Link to Comment philipat
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"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship"

-Tytler (Probably)

 It might also be relevant that almost 50% of US citizens now pay NO Federal Income taxes. Just a thought.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:15 | Link to Comment nmewn
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"It might also be relevant that almost 50% of US citizens now pay NO Federal Income taxes."

Exactly...and accordingly to the North Carolina governor (Perdue) and the former federal budget director (Orzag) this thing mislabeled as a "democracy" seems to be inhibiting the grand bargains & schemes of the oligarchs...typical...


Too Much of a Good Thing

Why we need less democracy.

"So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic."

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/magazine/94940/peter-orszag-democracy

Another fascist prick.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:37 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Another Ivy League, fascist prick.

fify

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:39 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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I saw that.  What a fucking cunt.  As if their campaigning is what has kept them from fixing the economy.  Their campaigning time is about the only thing that has stopped them from fuckin us even worse.  I say let's have elections every 2 weeks, not 2 years.  Then these fuckers could focus less on fucking us and more on keeping their spot.  Complete gridlock is the only thing that can save us.

Is this twat related to the Perdue chicken family? 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:07 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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Speaking of cwm: I present Okie, czarina, Hahvahd Perfesser Elizabeth Warren, who, oh by the way, knows how to run your life better than you do:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20110042-503544.html

and this on CBS NEWS!

There's a utube of her ... er ... wisdom

- Ned

{I've gotta' find the RAH snippet on how Nemiah Scudder got elected.}

[Ed. -- Here's Elizabeth Warren, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOyDR2b71ag

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:37 | Link to Comment Havana White
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New Meat, you're a stupid fuck.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:19 | Link to Comment SoNH80
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Come up to New England, these Hahvahd Yahd moonbat elitists wear pretty thin.  E. Warren window dressing for the BHO-era Bankster Takeoff....

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:06 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Edit: Perdue was a lawyer.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:56 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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was she a chicken lawyer perhaps?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KeFMZAoOOjE
here's a potential litigant no less.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 05:44 | Link to Comment nmewn
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lol...I believe she (and they) are just a tad too chicken to really resolve the issues at hand here DV.

The debt must be allowed to be destroyed.

There's a pissed off tidal wave of citizens (in countries across the globe) coming at them, questioning their wisdom, competence, motives and their fealty to them...to the public, they supposedly represent...and their fallback position is always the same in times like this, they want to change the rules again to benefit themselves only.

It won't be long now, appeals to patriotism will begin very soon by these very same elites who just said we should sit down, shut up and submit to the machine they have created for us.

Welcome to the Machine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foCzlvXKWTA

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:44 | Link to Comment philipat
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Great thinking. Tell you what, let's start a new party that promises only the top 10% will be required to pay Federal Income taxes. That would end well?

 

Suggest you read the quotation from Tytler again.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:50 | Link to Comment Judge Holden
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Why are people like you so retarded?  When your income distribution looks like this (http://sbgypsy.blogspot.com/2011/08/us-asset-distribution.html), who do you think is going to end up paying the most in income tax?  Eventually wages will get cut to $1/hr in real terms and you people will be angry that they don't pay any of that in tax either.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:01 | Link to Comment X.inf.capt
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the ONLY reason we havent seen serious austerity measures here is because were coming up on an election...

then look out!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:49 | Link to Comment zen0
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Democracies often devolve into totalitarian states. See Greek history.

 

This is why the Founding Fathers established a REPUBLIC, not a DEMOCRACY.

Y'all been duped by your state education.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:55 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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'spect u gotta' get the difference btwn the quote and the poster.   Just sayin'

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:00 | Link to Comment Schmuck Raker
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What education?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:48 | Link to Comment Esso
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I think they might've been referring to the K thru 12 prison/indoctrination complex.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:15 | Link to Comment mayhem_korner
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Democracies often devolve into totalitarian states.

Yes, in large part due to the fact that narcissistic statists eventually dupe the populus and navigate their way into elected positions.  Then the cycle repeats as a new wave of psychopaths unseat the incumbents under the guise of "change."

It's like replacing one plank of a ship at a time.  Eventually, you have an entirely new vessel in the mold of the original, but with none of the original identity preserved.

We home-schoolers teach this.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:59 | Link to Comment Freebird
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Meanwhile, is everybody ready to btfd at 1480ish

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:40 | Link to Comment SoNH80
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Orszag.  Ugh!  Another Princeton cocksucker indeed.  THIS is our "ELITE", Science Club geeks with bulging Adam's Apples and prominent noses, SO much smarter than us (LOL!) running our lives, for OUR OWN GOOD!  See, e.g., M. Bloomberg, R. Emanuel, B. Bernanke, et. al.  Fuckers.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:52 | Link to Comment Judge Holden
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Yeah, you mean like the free-loading bottom 40% of the country that makes .4% of the income? http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-18-2011/world-of-class-warfare---the-poor-s-free-ride-is-over

 

Correction:  The bottom 40% take home .3% of the income.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:57 | Link to Comment mjk0259
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What human institution is not temporary in nature? Dictatorships have been collapsing pretty quick lately and not many kings around. We don't have real democracy in US anyway - can only vote for two parties and both are pretty much the same.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:19 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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Greece alternates between military dictatorship and socialist utopia.  They don't care about any democracy stuff.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:34 | Link to Comment Elliott Eldrich
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The hell of it is, almost 50% of US citizens happen to have nothing. As in no savings, no assets, less income than it takes to pay for the bare necessities, etc. Hardly a "lucky ducky" scenario. If they were living high on the hog, that would be one thing, but they're not. They pay nothing because they have nothing. Res Ipsa Loquitur.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 12:55 | Link to Comment RKDS
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Thank you.  This is why those shrill shrieks are so ridiculous.  It's the same with unemployment.  Unemployment is no flippin' party.  It pays maybe 40% of your salary for 26 weeks.  When mortgage/rent alone eat up about 40% of your paycheck, how much of the good life can you live with the couple bucks left over?  I swear, the people who squeal the loudest about unemployment have never been on unemployment.  And they'll find they've been digging their own graves too with the class warfare rhetoric when SFHTF.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:58 | Link to Comment Dantzler
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@philipat

try Alexis de Tocqueville

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:55 | Link to Comment MacedonianGlory
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Pangalos had last year 850,000 euros income

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:06 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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"My name is Theodore Pangalos and I made my money the old fashioned way.  I inherited it.  Oh yeah, and I ripped it off from my countrymen by spewing bullshit as far and wide as the eye can see and the ear can hear." 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:10 | Link to Comment warchopper
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Good point. If he is unable to pay his coming tax bill, how in the world are ordinary Greeks going to pay theirs?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:42 | Link to Comment MacedonianGlory
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The funny thing is that Pangalos voted "yes" for this Socialist tax. And now he says he has no money to pay while he has annual income of 850 thousand euros.

He is a Karagiozis

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:01 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Panglossian indeed. "I had to sell some property that's been in the family forever" he says. What he didn't say is "I JUST BOUGHT A WHOLE FRICKEN ISLAND HARDY, HARDY, HAR....

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:57 | Link to Comment Iriestx
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And they'll have a rumored fix for this tomorrow AM and we'll melt up +400 on no volume based on that rumor.  It's amazing, if they can keep Greece on the edge of default they can continually manufacture one rumor after another about how the latest problem is now fixed and float the market +200 anytime they want.  They don't even have to fix anything.  

 

They've priced in the latest 'Greece is saved' rumor to the tune of about 3000 points by now. 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:13 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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Don't forget about knocking down gold and silver. 

I can't figure out why Greeks, Irish, Portuguese, etc. aren't converting all of their money into metals.  They should be shaking that their Euro accounts will get converted into something else and then "devalued" for their own good, of course.  They should get some Argentinians, Brazilians and Russians on the phone to hear how quickly their money can lose value.  Hell, they could talk to some Americans from 1933 that could tell you how quickly a government can devalue its currency 75%. 

FDR stood for "Fucked in De Rear".  Just ask dollar holders. 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:26 | Link to Comment philipat
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Gold is being pushed down by the Central Banks to ensure that China doesn't doesn't start to get any difficult ideas. It won't matter because they will do it anyway through other dollar-denominated commodites which will provide better returns that Treasuries. And of course six pack Joe will be stuffed again.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:01 | Link to Comment mjk0259
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Greeks, Irish , Portugese can easily move most of their money to a 'safer' country's bank in Euro's.

If they end up with a new currency which presumably plummets against the euro, they can just withdraw  it gradually and convert to the new currency. 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:01 | Link to Comment Calmyourself
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Bravo, do we not have a few Greeks to tell us why there has been no general run on Greek banks?  This is vitally important to understanding our end game.  Is the Government pushing advertising touting bank safety or some FDIC like scheme?  Why are the Greek banks not empty of deposits at this point?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:17 | Link to Comment Placerville
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What is so ridiculous is that Greece is the smallest of the problem countries.

It's been a constant stream of BS about talking about talking about having a meeting to talk about it some more.

This is worse than the games played at kindergarten.

 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:22 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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here's the latest one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im16Uj62WPU&feature=player_detailpage
yep. looks good for the opening. still...gonna need a clean-up committee once the victory is achieved.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:55 | Link to Comment Sequitur
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And on and on it goes. Got fatigue?

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:56 | Link to Comment TyIer Durden
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Yes, I am very happy about this. Definitely the way to go.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:04 | Link to Comment iDealMeat
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Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:05 | Link to Comment TyIer Durden
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MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT!!!!!!!!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:07 | Link to Comment X.inf.capt
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how did tyler approve your account, WTF!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:15 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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I think a case of Schlitz and a Tombstone pizza changed hands on that one. 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:33 | Link to Comment HiHoAg
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My hedge is Thunderbird and Totinos....

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:54 | Link to Comment long-shorty
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that is the best account ever. says great things about this site that it got approved.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:08 | Link to Comment X.inf.capt
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Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:28 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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Eat more chickn.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:33 | Link to Comment X.inf.capt
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hey, ned, had my first troll fight, some fools were talkin' trash about you....

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:45 | Link to Comment jomama
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you're like a 7 year old who just got a new super soaker.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:42 | Link to Comment old naughty
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@ TyIer

You again?

Five meats and 7 !s

MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT !!!!!!!

Oh sht, thats an "I"

never mind...

 

 

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Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:07 | Link to Comment Rockfish
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You sound like my 3 year old grand daughter throwing a tantrum. 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:25 | Link to Comment iDealMeat
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My computer froze and I had to reboot..

I was going to say:

" Stay out of the comments, you're being a chatty little bitch today.."

 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:21 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Wow. -10 votes. The mouth breathers are really spiking up da'shite. LOL

Woman in the red dress peeps clawing at the illusion of fraud.

Quite classy, and these candidates will be lined up thru Obama care medical requirements. At the end of the day, planned obsolescence will arrive in the 5 day mail service postbox.

But Atomizer, I'm about to retire. How can we generate new contributors to pay into the system so my investment is fore filled? Can you help this retired guy out?

Yes I can old man.. Your fucked in believing in rainbows of gold treasures. Your years of prosperity lead you to believe in big government watching over your nest egg. At the end of the day, your money was being used to attract new sucker's to pay off the monies the government didn't have to pay under an agreement through SS/Medicare payroll deductions.

Perhaps you need a new Headhunter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPpUFBVSyWs

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 00:47 | Link to Comment totem
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Tyler has split himself into "good Tyler" / "bad TyIer"... which one is which is a matter of perspective.

Timmy says he can deduct the bad one though, so that's good.  Or not.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:56 | Link to Comment sangell
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Well then, start selling Pangalos. If you 'inherited' that much, been a senior government official and NEVER bought any property in your entire life, I'd suggest you've been living large and never paid much tax to begin with. Time you started.

In fact, its time the EU stopped fooling around with you deadbeats and you started meeting real 'debt collectors'. The kind that take a baseball bat to your kneecaps. You've got the money, you just don't wanna pay and you thing by threatening to collapse the whole European economy you can get out of your debts. I'd rather see you hobbling on crutches!

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:03 | Link to Comment Dr. Acula
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>I'd rather see you hobbling on crutches!

Proof that taxation = robbery

Increasing the collection of taxes will only accelerate the economic self-cannibalization and destruction of civilization.

 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:10 | Link to Comment sangell
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This guy is a senior figure in the Greek government. He didn't get there yesterday. His ilk borrowed the money to win elections. If he's got multiple properties ( and I bet they are nice ones) let him sell a few. The notion that government officials can run their nations off a cliff, leave the people with the bill and retire to some grand estate has got to end.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:11 | Link to Comment philipat
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Remember, though, that in Greece NONE of the professional classes, Doctors, Lawyers etc) who collect fees direct from clients pay ANY taxes. The grey economy is far larger than the real economy. So whilst I agree with the essence of your point, Greece is very much a special case and cannot expect to survive through the ongoing generosity of hard-working (And taxpaying) neighbours.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:39 | Link to Comment Dr. Acula
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If the grey market is as large as you say it is, then Greece will do just fine.

And the right thing to do is to tear up the Greek bonds. The bondholders who contracted with the Greek government to rob unwilling third-parties and to enslave future generations deserve nothing.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:49 | Link to Comment philipat
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I would suggest that anarchy was the cause not the solution. As you suggest.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:51 | Link to Comment Dr. Acula
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When it comes to human society, there is nothing more rationally structured than a spontaneous web of relationships based on voluntary exchange. In such a free market, security and arbitration services can be provided just like any other economic good - these work like an immune system to keep the market healthy. Statism means the violent abolition of that portion of the market, and the errection of a criminal monopoly that destroys market price information for those services. Like a retrovirus, statism destroys the free market's immune system. Statism is like HIV, and Greece is in the terminal stages of AIDS.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 05:06 | Link to Comment mjk0259
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Thus the high quality of life in Somalia where there effectively is no state and in most of Russia where the security services are generally available to the highest bidder.

 

Highest quality of life is in places with relatively strong governments that aren't completely dominated by ruling class - Australia, Canada examples.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 14:43 | Link to Comment ffart
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Russia has hardly ever been in a state of anarchy. In fact I would put it right up there with Canada in terms of statist governments. My question about Somalia, is if they're so damn poor how do they afford the guns and bombs to kill each other with? And if all they do is kill each other how have they all not starved to death in the first place. Unfortunately, I think the answer is foreign intervention into their affairs by organizations such as the U.N.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:08 | Link to Comment philipat
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But I do agree that Greece should default and that the Banks holding the bonds should NOT be bailed out. There is too much capacity and the taxpayers of neighbouring countries shouldn't be expected to pay for either Greek profligacy or the stupidity of the Banks who allowed them to be so. Do what Sweden did and temporarily nationalise them, first wiping out all the bond and equity holders, boards and managements. The Banks are performing no socially valuable purpose anyway.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:04 | Link to Comment Withdrawn Sanction
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The bondholders who contracted with the Greek government to rob unwilling third-parties and to enslave future generations deserve nothing.

Oh, they deserve something....but it's something we dont discuss in polite company.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:34 | Link to Comment strenue
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Its the Greek political economy that will fall on hard times. Wah, wah, wah, wah.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:01 | Link to Comment PulauHantu29
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Better check the Acropolis Tittle....G Pap may have sold the same RE a dozen times....or more.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:19 | Link to Comment goldsaver
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Yup. Linda Green signed all the legal forms on that one too.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:01 | Link to Comment monopoly
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We know very well that none of the money from all the (loan) installments, received after really slaughtering the rights of workers, is going to support the workers. Not one euro to salaries, not one euro to pensions, and not one euro to social welfare," she said. "It is being paid to those who caused this crisis."

Well said. They got it right now. Man, this is going to get so ugly.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:03 | Link to Comment zebrasquid
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Burn, baby, burn

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:03 | Link to Comment Gringo Viejo
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I've been preppin' for years......no wasted effort here......

Urban Zombies........come heavy......

All decent CITIZENS welcomed in my house.................

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:04 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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It is funny to see the unions act like they are the standard bearers for workers everywhere.  Just today I got to see all the union guys building the lack of "Freedom Tower", union carpenters protesting on 2nd Avenue and some other union protesting on 3rd Avenue.  Oh, and I got to see one of those giant rats inflated on 45th or 46th Street.  You know the rats I'm talking about.  The ones that the unions use to intimidate anybody that won't give them what they want.

In none of these scenes did I see people that I would want my name associated with.  Instead I saw groups of people that looked entitled, arrogant and really fat.  They must be paid well because how else could they be that fat?  And I won't even mention all of the NYPD (unionites) with their little wheeled carts standing around, waiting to strip their fellow citizens out of their constitutional rights and dreaming of their cushy retirements. 

 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:12 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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safety pins are good answers for inflatable rats (and police pension plans)....slow leaks they won't even know is there until it's too late...

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:05 | Link to Comment chump666
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Kick Greece out before the whole EZ implodes! Eurobonds will be a tax on the whole EZ just to bail out useless ecomomies.  Merkel is sending Germany headlong into a major vote backlash... which isn't a good thing with Germany's past etc.

Take the pain!  Europe gets maybe 6mths of a depression/turmoil after Greece is booted out.  Italy gets their sh*t togther, as does Spain and the EU survives. Just.  If Germany does the 40% + tax on the German people via Eurobonds...Germany leaves the EU/Euro.  Then the whole region collapses into a total mess + China crash = the end.

Just kick out Greece ASAP...and quickly restructure their union. Otherwise they are f*cking doomed.

 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:32 | Link to Comment Rynak
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Better idea: Kick germany, france and the netherlands out auf the EUR.

I'm serious, and i'm saying this as a german. The above three countries are what turns the EMU into the economic structure that it is.... to the disadvantage of all populations in the EMU, and advantage to a bunch of parasites, whom i really don't give a fuck about.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:30 | Link to Comment chump666
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The Greeks didn't even tax their shipping industry! I mean it's a free lunch 24/7 and Germany/France/Holland are going to pay off debt of the Greeks!  Aint gonna happen.  It's disgusting and not how the free markets work.  If you are a sh*t business you go bankrupt, if your country is a sh*t economy it goes bankrupt. Simple.

Respect for the Germans and Dutch

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:37 | Link to Comment traderjoe
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When one goes, they'll all go. That's why the PTB are working so hard to keep that from happening.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:15 | Link to Comment Bunga Bunga
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Pangalos owns 58 properties, has half a million a year income and can't pay 7.000 Euros. http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2011/09/28/millions-greeks-cry-over-the... They need to change the rules immediately: TRTPT (too rich to pay taxes).

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 21:12 | Link to Comment mjk0259
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That is funny, especially this part 'Pangalos confused the tax with the ’7,500 potato chips he eats per meal’;

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:06 | Link to Comment monopoly
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We going to test the recent lows in Asia tonight. Gold just broke another support. 1,585 now. Never said it was easy. I imagine all the new comers are long gone. At some point this will reverse and move much higher. Exactly why none here are on margin. RIGHT???

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:26 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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My whole fucking life is on margin.  Just kidding.  I just wanted to type that.  I thought it would be pretty cool.  Move along. 

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:36 | Link to Comment Schmuck Raker
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"Gold just broke another support. 1,585 now."

Sorry, that's my fault. This afternoon I bought a couple hundred dollars worth of Oct calls. What can I say, no horse races today.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 22:27 | Link to Comment mayhem_korner
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>80 oz @ $897 avg cost.  All physical, no margin, not all in one location, well protected and only accessible by me.  Heavy maples rounded out by a mix of pre-1933, buffaloes, philharmonics, pandas, and kruggs.

I'm not losing sleep over a 1,585 paper price.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:09 | Link to Comment Peak Everything
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I don't get why the average Greek person still has money in their banks.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:14 | Link to Comment pasttense
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I think it is reasonable to have your monthly expenses in the local bank, but not your long-term wealth.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 20:27 | Link to Comment WestVillageIdiot
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They should have their monthly expenses in their sock drawer. 

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