By following the Twitter accounts of some presidents and, based on what they publish, one would believe that the country they govern is doing wonders, without poor people, without crime and, of course, without corruption. They inaugurate a splendid building, hold a very successful meeting with some business sector, remember that on a day like today, but in such a year, such injustice was committed against the people (yes, they are also historians), and most importantly, they underline how, unlike the previous government and what the opposition would do, the current leadership does not make such and such mistakes, and advances from success to success.
After finding out «the first figure», what you need to know is how much higher ranking politicians are involved in the efficiency of public institutions. In this sense, let us focus on three aspects of reality where governments traditionally focus: health, education and security. How we measure the level of involvement, you ask me, and it’s very simple. Does the president or deputies, like their children, go to a public hospital at the time of surgery or treatment of teeth? Do your children and nephews go to public school? That way we can measure it.
Can the president attend the football derby without escorts, without fear of the «brave bars»? That’s where you measure safety. And here we must remember that free education does not exist, nor does free medicine. That a student doesn’t pay a share does not mean that the teacher does not charge a fee. Just because a patient does not pay for a consultation does not mean that the doctor does not charge a salary. Just because a thief isn’t arrested doesn’t mean the cop doesn’t get paid. And where does the money come from to pay for this? Yes, from taxes.
Indoctrination in schools, where students are generated, who at the age of 18 do not know how to search, and do not even consider the first of the figures in economics, is precisely responsible for the fact that the majority of the population believes that there is free medicine, or that the politicians on duty are convinced that the public medical system works. Unfortunately, it takes 12 or more years to produce a young man who knows maybe who Adolf Hitler was, but who does not know how many policemen there are in his country and how much money all these policemen represent each year.
Inside of this majority of population includes the entire elite of well-trained journalists who never ask any question that would reveal this degree of involvement of any politician in the issue of public services. In other words, no one asks the president, «When was the last time you used the services of a public hospital,» or «What public school do your children attend? No, journalists only follow the GDP libretto, from the right, the left, the opposition, the ruling party, and so on. So, without critical education and without an independent press, things are just going to oligarchy.