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German government bureaucracy

29 June 2010

Recently, some bureaucrats in Germany decided that business ownerswho employ contractors even those, like me, who've been in business more than a decade should provide certified proof that they (the owners) are not criminals.

So after spending 12 in highway fees to travel to Mlaga (the owner has to present himself personally) and paying 3.50 in administrative fees (which must behand-deposited at abank, and paid no later than 10:30 am), and having lost three hours of my day this morning, I received a stamped certificate of clean record, from a disinterested and newspaper-reading Spanish bureaucrat, whose salary my taxes pay, which states that I'm not a criminal.

I will now spend 5.00 to send theoriginal document (a copy won't do) via registered mail to another bureaucrat in Germany, who, after possibly glancing at it, will place it into a file, never to be looked at again.

Just ponder the waste of time and money, when this and similar, inefficiently facilitated and, I would hazard to presume, generally unnecessary bureaucratic procedures are multiplied by millions.

We are in the year 2010. Without leaving my desk, and within a period of about five minutes, I can login to AmazonGermany, place an order for a book to be delivered inSpain, and pay for it with anAmerican credit card and billing address. You would think that if Germany needed to confirm that I'm not a criminal in Spain, they could(electronically)contact Spain and simplyask.


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