Friday, May 27, 2011

Wait, what?

One in an series that takes a look at some rather incredulous and/or ridiculous goings-ons in our world of late.

We all understand that Greece is a bit of a hot mess right now as they are being crushed under the weight of the unfunded obligations of their statist utopia. Perhaps what might best illustrate how it is that they got there would be to be informed of some of the reforms that are being undertaken currently there in Greece.

The Finance Ministry has made public a list of 136 professions that will be liberalized from July 2 as part of the economic reforms Greece has been encouraged to make by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The reform means that those seeking to enter these professions can do so freely, without restrictions on the number of people in the sector or limits on where they can set up their businesses.

The professions in the list published on Monday range from taxi drivers to beauticians but do not include some of the key so-called closed professions.
(italics, ours)

Wait, what?

You mean to tell us that someone, somewhere and somehow was telling Greek citizens that they couldn't enter the construction market, that they couldn't open a retail business or that they couldn't become an engineer?

Rioting in the streets, however, appears to be an open shop gig.

Well, this all would explain a few things about the Greek death spiral. KT has more on the subject, here.


K T Cat said...

Thanks for the link! I'm finding my theology and economics taking a strangely intersecting path.

K T Cat said...

Oh, one more thing. The Greeks have a supremely regulated society. Whenever anyone here talks about how we need to regulate this or that, a question to ask is where between present day US and present day Greece would you like us to land?