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Tusk: A Liberal Trapped in a Socialist Body
May 29, 2014 By Tomasz Wróblewski   
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We were devastated by the recent confession of the Polish prime minister, a liberal trapped in the body of a socialist. The liberal in Donald Tusk has come out of the closet and told television viewers that, personally, he does not like taxes and how they make life miserable. As a liberal deep inside, he would love to lower taxes, but he just can’t because there would be no money left for those in need.

We spent the whole weekend trying to find ways to set the liberally-minded prime minister free from the confines of his socialist body. And we’ve come up with a list of what we think should be cut here and there in a delicate piece of financial surgery to allow to Tusk live a life of truth and have sufficient funds to cut taxes (instead of raising them the way he’s been doing year by year by freezing the tax brackets, raising VAT and making the tax office greedier and greedier...) Here’s the list of spending cuts that could help Tusk suppress the socialist in him and bare his liberal soul.

Cuts in spending on buying the government’s peace of mind

Privileges for the uniformed services - zl.13 billion
Teacher’s Charter - zl.10 billion in totally unjustified costs
Pensions for miners - zl.8 billion a year
Farmers’ Social Insurance Fund, minus those who really need it - zl.3 billion a year
Enterprise Restructuring Fund - zl.738.4 million

Cuts in spending on keeping up appearances and making a good impression

A program to build modern work relationships - zl.770 million

discrimination programs - zl.20 million
Commissioner for Children’s Rights - zl.39 million
Commissioner for Patients’ Rights - zl.11.315 million
Insurance Ombudsman - zl.7 million

Cuts in spending on all kinds of regulatory agencies that regulate what’s already been regulated by law, to name just a few:

Office of Electronic Communications - zl.103 million
Office of Rail Transportation - zl.27 million
Energy Regulatory Office - zl.36 million

Cuts in spending on agencies established to supervise land that should have been privatized long ago

Mine Restructuring Company - zl.424 million
Agricultural Property Agency - zl.270 million
Military Property Agency - zl.193 million

Cuts in spending on projects that should be in private hands by now

Public television - zl.1.45 billion
Newspaper subsidies - zl.950 million
Support for fisheries - zl.560 million
Support for theaters - zl.253 million
Polish Film Institute - zl.144 million
Polish Tourist Organization - zl.89.5 million
Government-sponsored textbook for first-graders - zl.9 million
Assistance to art galleries and exhibition bureaus - zl.7 million
CBOS polling center - zl.3.2 million
Subsidy for the Polish Press Agency (PAP) - zl.2.5 million

Scrapping holdovers from the communist era

Agricultural Property Resource of the Treasury (land left behind by former state-owned farms) - zl.873 million
Agricultural Consulting Center in Brwinów - zl.15.5 million
Volunteer labor units - zl.217 million
Polish Horse Racing Club - zl.5.6 million
Tomasz Wróblewski
Vice-president of the Warsaw Enterprise Institute.
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