Spaniards, Exhausted by Politics, Warm to Life Without a Government


“No government, no thieves,”

If this isn’t an anthem for our times I don’t know what is.

Good for Spain. The Parliament has no clothes. And you know what? People are getting on with life.

That isn’t to say that there is no “government” at all in Spain. There is. But Madrid is in disarray and as such the national politicians can’t do the damage they usually do. In fact while the central government has been paralyzed the Spanish economy, long in the doldrums, may have turned a corner.

(From The New York Times)

Spain’s leaders warned that having no government would mean chaos and deprivation. Instead, more than anything, the crisis seems to have offered a glimpse of life if politicians simply stepped out of the way. For many here, it has not been all that bad.

“Spain would be just fine if we got rid of most of the politicians and three-fourths of government employees,” Rafael Navarro, 71, said inside his tiny storefront pharmacy in Madrid. Too little government is better than too much, he said.

Amen to that Sr. Navarro. Amen.

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