Monday, October 09, 2006

Not Your Father's La Dolce Vita?

Italy's electorate finds out that H.L. Mencken was right to say that Democracy is the political theory that the people know what they want, and deserve to get it...Good and hard:

Bologna, October 9 - Premier Romano Prodi and Economy Minister Tommaso Padoa Schioppa defended their budget plans on Monday after a weekend of criticism from industrialists and even some centre-left mayors.

Speaking at a conference of entrepreneurs in Bologna, Prodi expressed determination to press ahead with the 34-bn-euro budget package he and Padoa Schioppa have devised to bring the budget deficit below 3% of GDP.

"The government's duty is not, at the moment, a duty to make people happy. It is a duty to give the country a direction," he said .

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