Our confinement budget

The mountain gave birth to a rat. I am not even referring to the increase in the minimum wage, because it will be insufficient to cover the increase in fees and taxes that will come. And they will come.

(As a previous point, I leave some notes on the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. Being a student in this house, I learned a lot there, almost everything I know about law today, and made friends with one and for life, at the same time my father won a lawsuit against that institution. I bow to the wisdom of the majority of its professors, especially the one who today assumes the functions of President of the Republic, but I do not deny that I have watched several episodes that make me not surprised at what is now coming to light. There I survived, even when they confused me with my father and tried to settle accounts with the wrong target, but I don't forget. And so I believe.)

The State Budget guidelines were announced with some pomp and circumstance, being advertised as containing but not austerity. I declare that I am tired of euphemisms and, even more, of false promises and, as such, I do not give in to a dilettante optimism that I see upset in the streets, with each step.

From the labor point of view, there is a single stimulus to highlight, that is, the prohibition of dismissals in cases where employers make profits. It is a fair measure, but one that knows little when one realizes that, after all, what it is all about is maintaining the level of employment and not preserving the concrete posts that already exist. Associated with this measure is the ineffectiveness of a judicial system to judge everything that is collective redundancies or extinction of jobs, it is easy to see that the mountain gave birth to a rat. I am not even referring to the increase in the minimum wage, at the rate of around 24,00 monthly, since it will be insufficient to cover the increase in fees and taxes that will come. And they will come.

All other measures, although presented as if they were an employment incentive, are beyond the comprehension of those who walk on the ground every day. For example, if on the one hand we are told about the reduction of withholding taxes, on the other hand it would be intellectually honest if someone said in a clear and crystalline way that taxes will not go down and that, in the end, the bill is exactly the same. In turn, such a revision in the rates seems to cover only and exclusively the workers of third parties, thus letting out the bulk of the precarious bonds (usually presented as job creation but which, as they themselves have, for their own harm, perceived , the first to be left to their own devices at the slightest shock).

We are told that this is the budget that we need. It is not. Even if we lived in the bubble that some of us live in while we are confined. The reality will try to demonstrate the opposite.

The author writes according to the old spelling.

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