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 .