- Feb 17, 2011
If you don't change the tax system - both the structure and enforcement - nothing else will change here. I don't hear any of the candidates talking about that.
That basically means changing the entire country. It means changing the entirety of the enforcement mechanism and/or convince those that stay that they have more to lose than to gain by accepting bribes in lieu of taxes. It means convincing everyone that has taxes to pay that they have more to lose than to gain by evading taxes. It means confidence on the part of the public in the government's ability and will to govern well (and vice versa). It means changing the the culture, indeed the very fabric of society here.
At some point, the problems become systemic enough that only a true patriot and idealist would care enough to take on everything and everyone rather than just go somewhere where life is better. Frankly, I don't think the requisite changes can happen here absent a dictatorship, and even with a largely honest dictatorship (again, pipe dream) the chances of success are rather dim.