When Crazy Talk Becomes Common Sense
May 26, 2014 By Cezary Kaźmierczak
The government has just announced that we will have to work until we die, because our retirement benefits will be so low that we will have no other option.
My colleagues and I have for years been saying that there will be no pensions whatsoever (unless you consider the zl.400-600 a month that you may or may not receive 30 years from now to be a pension).
Disgraceful opinions of this kind were until now dismissed as crazy talk. That's what people said to my face and that's what I heard from people who were kind enough to tell me what others thought about me.
But I gather that, as of today, I’m no longer a crank, at least when it comes to pensions. I don’t know how this sudden change will be explained by supporters of Their Lordships the Civic Platform, who have ruled over us for seven long years. But I know that it will be explained.
Seeing how these people were able to explain that Kaczyński’s zl.1 trillion for investment was irresponsiblenonsense while Tusk’s zl.800 billion was a “prudent activation of assets,” they will surely find a way this time as well.
I am no stranger to this either. I have been miraculouslycleared of being a crank before, over the euro and over pension funds (OFE). Especially over pension funds.
Because when it comes to the euro, the PO does not want the single currency any more, even though it is going to great lengths to keep this a secret, saying that it does want the euro. It's just that opponents of the euro are no longer stigmatized.
The miracle of being cleared of allegations that I'm of unsound mind was most visible on the issue of pension funds. When His Eminence Donald Tusk changed his mind about the funds, the very same people who had called us cranks started - instead of falling silent - to voice opinions which had repulsed them the morning of the very same day.
His Lordship the Prime Minister is hard on his supporters. Indeed he is.
Given the above, I have this little dream that perhaps Prime Minister Tusk will change his mind one more time and decide to simplify the tax system. And then we'll have another miracle and all of a sudden, a payroll tax and a flat-rate corporate income tax will no longer be deemed unrealistic fantasies or crazy, impractical pipe dreams. Instead, they will morph into common-sense reforms undertaken by our heroic Prime Minister.