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Editorial - Living out of public pockets


25 November 2012 06:30 pm - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The public never had much faith in the government or its economic policy-makers; for the policies brought about by them often lacked sustainability and feasibility. Deliberately or otherwise, they only catered to the privileged few who only knew how to spend the public money most lavishly.

Hence, it is not a reason to rejoice when a politician or any other highly connected person for that matter, who has been the personification of extravagance, going on record to say, every comfort that surrounds him/her is brought from people’s money.
Perhaps, there is a reason why frugality was not made a mandatory qualification for the politicians, which has evidently given them the impression that coming into power is becoming a spendthrift.

If every move in the world market is going to decide the portion size of the common man’s daily plate of rice or his mode of transportation, the establishing of the government has not served its purpose. A responsible government cannot wipe their hands off the agonies of the people and blame everything on the world trends.

Sadly for us, economic prosperity is all about introducing new and colorful currency notes and hosting pageantry right round the country to show that we are an economically prospering nation. Who are the cheaters and the cheated? How long will this farce continue to haunt the country’s economy that is in dire need of a proper foothold?

The truth is that the government needs to seek a new monetary policy if not better policy-makers who have a more practical sense of monetary management. By allocating hard-earned public money according to the whims and fancies of the powers that be, the government is cheating on the people who elected them into power. At a time when traitors are separated from the patriots, the government needs to understand that, every move that is against the wish of the common man is an act of a traitor, even if it is committed by the government itself.

After all, people do not give the right to the government to allocate their money to maintain the state institutions incurring heavy losses nor do they encourage the rampant corruption in such establishments. Days would have been certainly brighter, had these white elephants been left to starve.
It has been a common practice that every time the cost of living hits the ceiling, people learn to live within their budgets. Their frugality certainly puts the government and its policy-makers to shame. The government’s responsibility right now should be to show that it is a reflection of the aspirations of its people by emulating their way of doing things.

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