Tuesday, September 25, 2012

No money? Bilbao wastes €150,000 in opera and bullfight tickets for politicians

There is no money anymore  they say time and again when it comes to keep the expenditures into fundamental social services like health care, subsidies for the unemployed, pensions, education, public housing, etc.

But then there are all those other programs for which there is always money: some are absurd developments like the high speed rail or a second Guggenheim museum just a few kilometers from the first one in the middle of a natural reserve, others are the mercenaries that defend their privileges: the police and the armed forces... and then there are their salaries and complements, often absurdly high and undeserved. 

In this city of Bilbao, the town hall spends €130,664 in just nine months in tickets for the controversial bullfights or the elitist opera. In 2011 the total figure we paid in tickets for the politicians was exactly €149,894.28. 

In this sense the municipal group of Bildu (Basque Nationalist Left) decided to reject these absurd privileges and has demanded their overall suspension, suspension that will probably not be accepted because they are just laughing of us. 

And this is just an example of the ongoing plan of austerity for the commoners, growing profits for the elites that is being applied in Bilbao, in the Basque Country and most of Europe.

Source: Bilboko Branka[es].

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