Socialism is funny because no one learns from it’s failures, even when it brings out the worst in people.
It was the rumours of an ‘island of the blind’ which first bought Angelos, a journalist, to Greece in 2011.
He had heard that on Zakynthos, something like two per cent of the population were registered blind.
All was not quite how it seemed, however, and it transpired that 61 of the 680 ‘blind’ residents were quite happily driving around the island.
In fact, an astonishing 498 of those 680 were not blind at all – or even partially sighted.
It’s funny how many people are suddenly are hard of seeing when a pair of broken eyes equals a government check. Likewise, when frivolous lawsuits are taken seriously a lot of people suddenly get butter fingers and spill hot coffee on themselves.
That wasn’t even the tip of the iceberg. The whole story is worth reading, but here’s another sample.
When the government chose to take a closer look at who they were paying pensions to, they found a slightly suspicious 8,500 pensioners had surpassed the milestone age of 100.
An even closer look revealed, 40,000 pension claims were fraudulent. It seems people were forgetting to register their loved ones’ deaths.
Virtually everything in Greece that will get someone a nickle from the government is drenched in fraud. (And for an example here, Google “Medicare fraud.”)
That noise heard by the Greeks this morning was a rooster crowing. As Margaret Thatcher noted about socialism, pretty soon you run out of other peoples’ money and the Greeks ran out yesterday. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to eat the chickens coming home to roost, those chickens may be eating them . . .
We expect to see the government laying claim to all bank deposits by the end of the month.
The last sentence was made bold to stress the irony. It’s funny when people use the government to snatch other people’s money, only to have that money snatched right back by the government. Greece’s best option seems to be pressing the rewind button and starting from scratch.