"After me, the Deluge" - Louis XV

Very dark is the future of a country where the rulers do not lift their gaze beyond the few years of the mandate conferred on them by citizens.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


The president of Costa Rica prefers short-term actions to address the fiscal crisis, while leaving open the tap of privileged public wages by which the future of the nation drowns through.

It is clear that immediate measures need to be taken such as reducing tax evasion and smuggling, and cutting abusive pensions. And it is quite possible that in order to maintain the rule of law taxes also need to be raised. But not closing, RIGHT NOW the growing cascade of state payroll costs that is multiplying every year, means mortgaging the future of the Costa Rican economy. However, president Solis postpones dealing with the topic, because its impact would be felt "only after 15 or 18 years."

Unions of public officials, advocates of privileges that clearly exceed what is rational and even counteract the constitutional provision that says "wages will always be equal for equal work under identical conditions of efficiency." (Article 57 of the Constitution of Costa Rica), made ​​a show of force and threatened to "take to the streets" if anyone insists on a review of these privileges, and even want to prevent further discussion about them.

There is no doubt that removing the absurd reality of the excessive remuneration of a large part of state officials -not all- will have a political cost for the government that approaches the job, but that is precisely the duty of a ruler: to assume and resolve the country's problems, in particular taking care of the impact of their actions-and omissions- on the future of those governed. And it is how these serious problems are tackled which marks the difference between statesmen and improvised politicians .

In management terms, President Solis is not taking into account the fact that the sooner the costs of exit from a crisis are assumed, the less time will be spent suffering from the measures taken to overcome it .The best example of this is modern day Greece.

When in the eighteenth century Louis began his early reign they called him "The Beloved" but he ended up being repudiated. They say it was at the end of his days, with France ruined and with revolution imminent, when he expressed his disregard for the tragic times to come, with the phrase "After me, the deluge."

See the article in Nacion.com "Luis Guillermo Solis argues that public wage reform would take effect within 18 years".

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