A Bulgarian's Budget (Re)Capitulation
Bulgaria's Cabinet has adopted the 2013 Budget projecting a 0.2 pp GDP growth increase(!). Nonetheless, it can't avoid a 2012 recapitulation unless the world comes to an end in December.
Are the new highways enough for Bulgarians? Apparently not; although "every metro line leads to Sofia University", PM Borisov's popularity has plummeted.
But why are Bulgarias so dissatisfied? The minimum wage will hit EUR 160, pensions will go up, education and healthcare will get some more money. Every Bulgarian borough now boasts a mall, bar, disco, hypermarket.
Sure, Bulgarians are getting further away from their National Revival values, putting a highway from the bars in Sofia's notorious College Town to the discos in Sunny Beach before libraries, theaters, schools, parks.
Obviously, the (re)capitulation is for us – who allowed those in power to tolerate election fraud, reduce Southeast Europe's largest observatory to starvation, look on as students in Bulgaria's top university fight because of the bureaucracy, while their classmates get wasted with cheap vodka at another "university party" in the "College Town".
So why is it that what crosses my mind is the fable about the crowd hungry for "bread and games", and the herd needing a shepherd?
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