Ireland has a population of about 6.3 million people. That is one sixth of Californian. They had to borrow 90 billion buckos just to stay afloat! How could this country with such a small population have so much debt? Why is it only the property owners responsibility to pay? Wow, lots of questions. If all those people refuse to pay, how will the authorities deal with it?
Here is a quote from the article that reminds me of Prop 13 somewhat. It also reminds me of the recently passed tax for Fire passed by fiat here in California.
" The charge this year is a flat-fee €100 ($130) per dwelling, but is expected to rise dramatically next year once Ireland starts to vary the charge based on a property's estimated value. Anti-tax campaigners have urged the public to ignore the tax demand, arguing that the government doesn't have the power to collect it."
How can a shortfall of 90 billion representing 10% of GDP be possible at all? Maybe the politicians pensions and utter ignorance in budgeting might have something to do with it? You decide. I can see this spreading around the planet as government sending is out of control. When it gets to the level of the property owner, where it can become a lien forcing the sale of their land and home, you have the possibility of revolution.