In the article from Reuters the Greeks have the same problem as Northampton. Greeks are angry no politicians have been punished for the corruption. So am I. Northampton has lots of visible corrupt deals like Pay-to-Play, the insider Insurance deals, the unbid Video contracts, the unbid contracts with lawyers, the unbid township Bond Placements, the Richboro Schoolhouse deal, the no-interest Spread Eagle Inn Mortgage deal, the $10,000 revenge Tapping Fee, the $10,000 payment in lieu of trees to get a building approved as well as scores of similiar shakdown’s, payoff’s and extortions that are not just unpunished, they are not even under investigation.
The three Republican supervisors and their friends defend the practices as the way to help Northampton but my taxes, fees, sewer bills, water bills and all of the other extractions have increased six hundred percent. Here’s the article from reuters that started me thinking about Northampton’s Corruption.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Greeks vented their anger at the nation’s political classes in Athens on Sunday, staging the biggest in a week of protests as the government seeks backing for yet more austerity.
The huge crowd packed Syntagma Square in front of the Greek parliament, booing, whistling and chanting “Thieves! Thieves” as they pointed at the assembly building.
“We’ve had enough. Politicians are making fools of us. If things stay as they are, our future will be very bleak,” said a 22-year-old student who gave his name as Nikos.
Unlike the violent protests last year when radicals clashed with police, the peaceful crowds on Sunday were made up of ordinary Greeks, some of whom brought along their children.
Greeks are angry no politicians have been punished for the corruption they blame for the crisis, as well as the dire state of the economy and waves of austerity demanded under the terms of a 110 billion euro ($157.5 billion) bailout from the European Union and IMF last year.