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Commenting article: Boyko Borisov and His Ministers Fiddle ... as Bulgaria Falls Apart!

Recently we have seen yet again the Bulgarian government boasting to anyone who will listen, how wonderful they are and an example to any country by way of their behaviour in Bulgaria and the EU.

Everything in the garden is rosy!

If you live in Bulgaria you might be excused for wondering if they are talking about the same country, where things have gone backwards for most normal people since 2007 and the future prospects appear depressing. In order to balance the budget Finance Minister "Scrooge" Simeon Djankov, has cut back on everything and made the poor even more vulnerable in these desperate times, when food and utility prices are rising at an unsustainable rate. The safely nets have been removed and it's a sink or swim mentality that's now being created.

Richie - 16 Mar 2011 // 18:42:47

I've heard such complaning so many times from so many Bulgarians. But I'm wondering why the majority of Bulgarians believe that things have been getting worse for the past two decades, while statistics show that things are improving all the time.

If you expect the state to take care of everything, you should move to a country where taxes are up to 5 times higher.

temujin2 - 16 Mar 2011 // 21:28:34

Bravo to whoever can live in this.

hercules - 26 Mar 2011 // 18:12:23


By your statement about Bulgarians continually complaining about how things are in Bulgaria and the improvement for them over the last twenty years, proves that you are not one and have no awareness of how things really are here.

Taxes at 5 times the rate they are here equals 50%….. is that what you are paying in your country ?

Mihail - 27 Mar 2011 // 22:26:07

"In order to balance the budget Finance Minister "Scrooge" Simeon Djankov, has cut back on everything and made the poor even more vulnerable in these desperate times, when food and utility prices are rising at an unsustainable rate"

When were times not desperate? Are you getting a higher salary now or before (in real terms)?

Food prices are rising because of the membership in the EU and the control that the Bulgarian organized crime groups have on the agricultural section. On top of that the Bulgarian Lev is tied to the Euro, which pretty much ties the hands of the Bulgarian government on the control of exports/imports as well as other monetary policy.

"Everywhere people are going through the rubbish bins looking for anything to eat, sell or wear.... does this sound like Utopia Mr Borisov ?"

This is emotional and unfounded. People have always been in this condition, ever since the socialists gave all the nations wealth to their friends through hyperinflation.

Things ARE consistently getting better. Balancing the budget means we are not borrowing money from the IMF and other places to finance our politicians and bureaucrats. It takes a great deal of courage to do these things in the present environment.

Most developed countries have neglected their environment during their growth periods. When the country becomes wealthier we can address these issues.
Nevertheless we must keep them scared that they'll be thrown out of office.

Mihail - 27 Mar 2011 // 22:32:19

About the taxes,

The income tax in Bulgaria should even be discussed. It has no effect.

What affects people is the huge value added tax on food, the ridiculous tax on fuel, and probably the tax on cigarettes.

The tax on food should be removed emediately. That would solve most of the problems of poor people, since they mostly own their houses.

The energy tax should also be lowered, most of that money goes to the wrong people.
The energy sector needs to be reformed so people can buy gas directly from the company that imports it to BG, without the middlemen.

hercules - 27 Mar 2011 // 23:14:54

I agree with some of the things you say but it lacks any empathy and as you know nothing is going to change the Bulgarian mentality.. balance budget or not !!

Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 00:26:47

It might seem it lacks empathy. But there are two sides to this, the immediate gain and the hidden costs.

People should think about when was the last time they gave money/help to someone in need. There are organizations in Bulgaria that deal mostly using their own resources and try to help people in need. Create/join any of these organizations if you want to help, stop relying on the jokers in the parliament.

Is it empathetic to borrow and enslave the children to pay for the old people that had it good back in the day? I say no to state welfare on the grounds that the money is not going to those in need. No empathy for the ruling class whatsoever.

All a politician needs to do is buy off the people in need by using the taxes collected from the above sources. No thoughts for the future, no vision for the country, just a simple program for the peasants and a sellout to the world governmental organization.

Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 00:29:18

Oops. "world governmental organizations."

hercules - 28 Mar 2011 // 10:30:05

Wishful thinking.... Maybe a revolution is required?

Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 10:38:03

No, I think we need to invest in a time machine and go back in time to the sunny days of communism.

Besides, our guardians, US and A and the EUSSR will never give us permission to have our own revolution.

#11 - 28 Mar 2011 // 13:48:58

interesting, but no, i don't think so

hercules - 28 Mar 2011 // 14:46:04

Unfortunately Communism and Marxism are not compatible with human nature !

Nellieherself - 28 Mar 2011 // 18:25:56

"Unfortunately Communism and Marxism are not compatible with human nature !"

Neither is Christianity, Islam, democracy, or any law and order type of social system. It is to be hoped that civilization, education and culture train people to control their base instincts so that they can live in society and not be selfish and corrupt wild beasts.

Mihail - 28 Mar 2011 // 22:20:11

Actually most religions are very compatible with human nature.

Marxism and communism are not even compatible with logic and are based on historical fallacies.

For instance, Marx assumes that people had no propensity for private property when they lived in small tribes (this is based on his deductive reasoning, as most philosophy is).
Anyone who's had a child knows it's in human nature to "own" things and try to protect them from other people.

Nellieherself - 29 Mar 2011 // 02:40:52

"Anyone who's had a child knows it's in human nature to "own" things and try to protect them from other people."

And what are the most basic things we learn in kindergarten?

1. Don't fight.

2. Learn to share.

3. Help each other and be a team player.

4. Be brave.

5. Have faith.

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