Theft during Videnov Era Detrimental for Today's Bulgaria
There is a connection, which exists in my mind between the wholesale theft of state assets in the Videnov era and the crumbling state of Bulgaria's schools and hospitals and the treatment of its pensioners today.
It is more than 10 years since the collapse of the banking system turned dozens of criminals into the super-rich. They all got rich virtually overnight by stealing from taxpayers, depositors and creditors. They do not make anything, they do not pay taxes and they do not provide employment other than for teams of lawyers and bodyguards... the circus is always in town in Bulgaria!
There is still no shortage of people in public life, business and administration today whose only reason for living is to further betray their country for a few pieces of silver. They want to get rich quick and there is plenty of evidence that the present Government (and political set-up) will continue to allow them to do it. The SAPARD affair and the Ovcharov affair show the willingness of our leaders to go on trusting 'insiders'. The consequences as 'outsiders' see it, are entirely predictable.
Your contribution to our understanding, dear Editor, should go a little further than referring to thieves and traitors as "ex-bankers". Otherwise Bulgaria is destined to go on repeating the mistakes of the past!
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