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June 26, 2022

Who needs so much democracy?!

Invited to the event of a friendly publication the other day, President Traian Basescu made an alarming – in my view – plea for removing some important landmarks of democracy. Occupying for the time being the office of president, prime-minister and finance minister, as well as maharajah of PDL, our character also stepped back into his former shoes of Bucharest mayor for a moment or two. Condemning the only legitimate referendum of the last few years, where the power had already managed to introduce its diversionist questions designed to fool the population, Traian Basescu made one very important announcement: the people of Bucharest will not be asked if they want to continue to elect their sector mayors and councillors, after all. Who needs so much democracy?! Too many parties, too many mayors, too many local councillors. They can all go, because there will always be a man capable of thinking and acting for all of them. One who will spend the best way he thinks (differently than the more than 2 million inhabitants of the city) the EUR 4 bln which is the budget of the capital city. A referendum is only good in a year with presidential election, to turn the Parliament into a Grand National Assembly, to fool the people into voting for you, as an initiator of the referendum. A referendum is not good to tell us what people think about abrogating very important elections. The sectors of Bucharest are the size of cities. The political legitimacy of spending comes from the vote. Mrs. Udrea’s friend wants to please his favourite blonde and put another EUR 4 bn in her hand, apart from the billions she already handles at the Ministry of Development.

None of the projects upheld by Traian Basescu these last few days was mentioned in his election campaign. Back then, he promised everything will be fine, he bragged about raising salaries and pensions. Now he argues electricity, heat and natural gas subsidies must go, knowing the move would lead to genuine tragedy for millions of low and even average-income people in this country who already pay ROL 6 M utility bills for one-bedroom apartments. He did not say a word about terminating sectors and local councils in Bucharest in his 2009 campaign either. As far as the country’s administrative re-organisation by renouncing on counties is concerned, my biggest fear is that Traian Basescu and the PDL politicians are just empty boxes where anyone can hear the echoes of UDMR and its strive to ethnic regionalisation. The Hungarians can afford to tae these anti-national steps because they know they can blackmail a government fighting for survival.

In his ‘factotum’ speech, the president addressed many other subjects. In conclusion, I would say that, under this regime, Romania is like a woman in infelicity. In full economic crisis, in serious instability and amidst major fears, a man comes to her and says: ‘Tomorrow you must move out of your home, you also have a hospital appointment for a difficult surgery and your husband has just been fired from his job’. This could be a summary definition of the current ‘state reform’ patented by Traian Basescu.

He, the providential hero, also spoke of ‘the terrible, hostile atmosphere which hampers the emergence out of crisis.’ He referred to journalists as ‘the coryphaei of discouragement’. You, the readers, are in the best position emergence we are mad for not being able to see the ‘good times’ we are living. Just express yourself, wherever and whenever you can. (‘Jurnalul national’)

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