Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, (from Greek: κλέπτης - kleptēs, "thief" and κράτος - kratos, "power, rule", hence "rule by thieves") is a form of political and government corruption where the government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of its officials and the ruling class at the expense of the wider population, often without pretense of honest service. This type of government corruption is often achieved by the embezzlement of state funds.
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Over the past years posting on p.ie I've seen the term kleptocracy used quite a few times but really never paid attention to it. In recent months, however, as the government have been more barefaced in imposing cuts on services and it's outgoings it has continued to borrow €13bn this year to maintain its income.
Last evening I realised that the government earns more from my work than I do - 10% more - as it takes 55% of the cost of employing me (albeit including employers PRSI), and from the remaining 45% I pay VAT, DIRT, Duty, Excise, VRT, Household Charge and probably a few more I can't recall. PS posters immediately rallied to discredit my calculation, simply because employers PRSI isn't a tax I pay, but deliberately missed the point.
I guess I'm just positing that maybe the government isn't as incompetent as we've assumed they are, but maybe this is a genuine case of a kleptocracy where the people of the country are actually and deliberately being fleeced to serve the "inner circle" of politicians, senior civil servants and anyone they allow into their tents.