How to oppose a budget
by Elias Blum
This speech was delivered by an opposition parliamentarian, quite recently, in the context of a budget debate. I will not tell you which country. The fascinating, perhaps worrying, thing is that it is such a familiar tale – it could have come from almost anywhere:
It is a great misfortune in our country that 98% of the masses are held hostage by 2% of the ruling elite. The feudal, intellectuals, industrialists, senior bureaucrats, business tycoons – along with the land and money barons – which constitute this dreaded to 2% have held the poor, meek, humble, oppressed and suppressed 98% of the populace hostage […].
All budgets in the past have therefore represented the privileged 2% population and this one is no exception. They have always been feudal, industrial, multinational bankers and business oriented. In spite of having a brilliant financial vision [….], the honourable Finance Minister , a dream team at the helm of affairs, a heavy mandate and ample opportunity the Government has miserably failed to provide a budget that offers any relief whatsoever to the poor or the middle class of the country.
It seems to be the Government found it impossible to break this strangle hold of the powerful ruling elite and the bureaucrats; it can only be claimed to be a budget of the elite, by the elite and for the elite, and it will only make the rich richer, and the poor poorer.
Mr. Chairman! cries of anguish can be heard at the length and breadth of this fair land of ours, while inflation marches relentlessly on and the people are desperately attempting to manage the personal budgets an apparently wild and apparently merciless Government demands more from the people than they have to give. How are the poor and the humble masses suppose to manage when prices are not controlled, subsidies are removed on consumer items and tariff on utilities used by the poor are so harshly and heartlessly raised.