Inquiring minds are reading the ANSA article portraying Italy as demoralised and in decline in the social and economic thinktank Censis’s annual report on the state of the (Italian) nation. The report said Italy had endured the recession with ”an evident struggle to get by and with painful marginalization in the labour market”.
The report further stated that almost 40 percent of Italians are without savings and that an incredible 91 percent of families had a single breadwinner who was unemployed and were at risk of poverty. The thinktank also said Italian society had become too apathetic and needed to rediscover its ”desire” to avert the same kind of decline of motivation and respect for the law.
”We are in a society dangerously marked by emptiness,” the report said, citing episodes of domestic violence, bullying, promiscuity, petty crime and overspending as examples of how Italians are seeking to deal with a widespread malaise.
Over two-thirds of Italians, 68%, were either worried (28%) or very worried (40%) about not having a big-enough pension for a dignified lifestyle when they retire.
The report conceded that the state of Italy’s public finances, with the government passing a hard-hitting austerity budget earlier this year to rein in the deficit, made addressing these issues even harder. Senate Speaker Renato Schifani said the report highlighted the complexities of the current social and economic climate and the need for legislators to be brave enough to make ”profound choices” in parliament. Consumer associations Federconsumatori and Adusbef said the study portrayed a ”distressing” picture, adding that they calculated Italian consumers’ spending power had fallen 9.6% since 2007.
They pinned the blame on the country’s political class and said the current instability made things even worse, with a confidence vote due on December 14 that could cause Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s government to fall.
Proving, once again, the age old saying that “A democracy gets the government they deserve” by showing that the Italian electorate feels it is the politicians fault for following what Italians wanted. In other words…it the politicians fault, not the voters for electing them.
How dare them!
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