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Many things hard to understand

I don’t understand how the Social-Democrats could sign, together with the Liberals and UDMR, the motion named “11 against Romania.” After all, the motion accused the very government PSD belonged to, until early October, of doing several things that included signing the accord with the IMF. The ensuing vote toppled the Boc government, replacing it with a caretaking Boc Cabinet, with a few ministers in charge of several ministries each, though it is obvious they lack the required skills.


I don’t understand what brings together three parties so different like PSD, PNL and UDMR, so that they can stand united at this moment. This ad-hoc coalition includes Social-Democrats, Liberals, and the party of ethnic Hungarians, which is affiliated with the EPP. As I understand, it is only the complete lack of confidence in president that keeps them together.


I wonder what might happen when the common enemy will disappear.


I don’t understand how President Traian Basescu can interpret the Constitution in his own manner and how he consults the parties only to nominate a completely different person as premier. Aren’t consultations precisely meant to see who has the best representation in Parliament, as the Legislative is the mirror of people’s opinions reflected through democratic vote?


I don’t understand why the president’s choice was Lucian Croitoru: “We need a prime minister competent in economic problems at national, but also at global level.” As far as we know, the Finance minister has the responsibility of negotiations with international financial institutions. Or, in other words, how comes we didn’t need such a premier until now?


I don’t understand how the head of state judges similar situations by different measures. Croitoru’s nomination “corresponds to the desideratum of having a politically uncommitted premier, set by part of the parliamentary parties,” Traian Basescu said. Then, why did he accept the idea of appointing an independent as prime minister, but not the person suggested by those parties?


I don’t understand how nominated premier Lucian Croitoru – a very pleasant person, enjoying much appreciation in the banking and financial world – can say that “Romania’s no. 1 short-term priority is to ensure the continuity of financing accords.” On short, medium or long term, the role of loans – from the IMF, WB, EC or any other financial institution, from Romania or abroad – is to serve a purpose (investment, road, store, anything) that would bring money, in its turn. The target may be getting out of the crisis, economic recovery, completion of investments that would boost domestic production – anything, but it cannot be just continuing a financial accord. This can only be a mean to achieve a goal.


I don’t understand how “the pensions budget is collapsing,” as the head of state warned, adding that the budget of salaries too is nearing the red. The same as I don’t understand why it took the president so long to realize that, without the IMF loan installment due for December, Romania might be unable to pay pensions and salaries in the public system. We are at the conclusion of Emil Boc’s term as premier. Isn’t he the same person praised by the president, who was even thanked by the president for the way he administered the country, not so long ago, when he was informed about the success of the no-confidence vote?!


I don’t understand the warning issued by various sources, related to IMF postponing its visit to Bucharest. Whom might they discuss with? With interim premier Emil Boc, with the nominated premier Lucian Croitoru (the economics expert), or with the premier supported by the opposition, Klaus Johannis?


I don’t understand what report on reforms could any of the these premiers present, as long as they inherit the “archive” with Boc Cabinet’s achievements, especially as this Cabinet – experts say – fulfilled none of the conditions set with the IMF, not even the crucial commitment to curb budget expenses. The same as I don’t remember any civil servant being sent into the 10-day unpaid leave promised by the government.


I don’t understand how nobody frowns when private companies already cut their staff by 25 pc, while the long awaited reform of the public sector remains only on paper. Apart from the railway sector and some petty restructuring in government agencies, the employees of the public sector fare very well at job, at an unprecedented time of crisis.


I don’t understand how both president and Finance minister can speak for days about the possibility of raising the VAT or the single tax quota, only to claim after some time that none of these will change. In their high positions of dignitaries of the Romanian state, don’t they know that foreign investors are very sensitive to this kind of regulatory changes, hence any sudden change may be interpreted as light-minded and can have serious consequences in terms of investment and of signals given by rating agencies?


I don’t understand how we cannot be saved by the European funds we must draw, after so much talk about them during last year’s elections. Where are these funds which, obviously, the previous government did not access? What sums did Romania receive in 2009 and why were we unable to escape crisis by putting them to good use?


I don’t understand how most politicians can promise things they have no intention to do? How can the PSD leader promise a one-year grace period for those who cannot repay their bank loans, at the height of economic crisis? How were politicians able to promise a 50 pc salary increase in the education system, in November 2008, and give them absolutely nothing now?


I don’t understand how all news channels incessantly speak about political problems, when Romania’s really big trouble is in the economy. Might this be because, anyway, nothing can be done in this respect? Some two weeks ago, the head of state said Romania won’t get out of crisis alone, as neither the Government, nor the Central Bank set as objective to get the country out of crisis.


I understand that vanities are too high in Romanian politics, that we are nearing the presidential elections and nothing, absolutely nothing matters when the presidential chair is at stake. I understand that what we ‘don’t’ do now will affect our lives for many years to come, but nobody seems to care about it.


Finally, I don’t understand how politicians can expect the average citizen to go and vote.

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