Voracious Beast or Rating the Others
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Voracious Beast or Rating the Others
25. 5. 2015

Losing the feeling of superiority over one’s environment is a painful experience. It holds true of everybody from professors to politicians, artists to athletes, men and women. It can be a debilitating experience for anyone forced to realize every morning, again and again, but always anew, the supremacy of the winner. This is solved either by work or taking to the bottle. But the winner can be also “sidetracked”, alas, sometimes the way it was with J.F. Kennedy—by an invitation to Dallas… Recently the government—with a minister of finance of media notoriety—passed a document which states: “In the framework of gradually raising the share of biofuels as alternatives generated by renewable sources of energy in transport, it is necessary to proceed from the realistic fact that the 10-percent goal in 2020 cannot be reached by low-percentage addition of biofuels to motor petrol and diesel fuel (…) and therefore it will be prudent in the near future (…) to…, which opening is followed by a long list of measures to be taken, including for example a broader use of both pure biofuels and high-percentage biofuel mixes especially in the field of agriculture, civil engineering, mining or transport companies, for the propulsion of Czech Railways vehicles, etc.

Losing the feeling of superiority over one’s environment is a painful experience. It holds true of everybody from professors to politicians, artists to athletes, men and women. It can be a debilitating experience for anyone forced to realize every morning, again and again, but always anew, the supremacy of the winner. This is solved either by work or taking to the bottle. But the winner can be also “sidetracked”, alas, sometimes the way it was with J.F. Kennedy—by an invitation to Dallas…    

Recently the government—with a minister of finance of media notoriety—passed a document which states: “In the framework of gradually raising the share of biofuels as alternatives generated by renewable sources of energy in transport, it is necessary to proceed from the realistic fact that the 10-percent goal in 2020 cannot be reached by low-percentage addition of biofuels to motor petrol and diesel fuel (…) and therefore it will be prudent in the near future (…) to…, which opening is followed by a long list of measures to be taken, including for example a broader use of both pure biofuels and high-percentage biofuel mixes especially in the field of agriculture, civil engineering, mining or transport companies, for the propulsion of Czech Railways vehicles, etc. In addition, the document on the implementation of these measures proposes that the consumer tax act be amended. I gather you might already start to infer what corruption-prone government and what finance minister have endorsed this outrageous encouragement for one-man business. You are right. It was the cabinet of Prime Minister Petr Nečas with Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek. The government passed the document with such long-term “oligarchic” perks (p. 101 here - in Czech only) by its Resolution 804 from 8 November 2012 (here - in Czech only). At that time, Andrej Babiš was a man “behind the scenes”, who cried corruption. Nobody screamed and no one talked about oligarchs. Influential people working behind the scenes are always more dangerous than those in the limelight.

Two and a half years later, this same Miroslav Kalousek—now a “rank-and-file” member of parliament—supplies the media with the argument (here - in Czech only) that previously no one had considered furthering support for a single entrepreneur: “Until Andrej Babiš joined the government, nobody contemplated extending tax reliefs beyond July 2015.”

Miroslav Kalousek called the incumbent finance minister’s empire the “voracious beast called Agrofert” (here - in Czech only). This is reminiscent of what the Bolsheviks said in Lenin’s days. I’m not siding with anyone: all I say is that this beast employs more than 30,000 Czech citizens who produce something and hearing such pronouncements from someone who has been living off the establishment fat, including taxes paid by the “beast”, for over 20 years now, is somewhat uncalled for.

P. S. What Jaromír Jágr said on Sunday before last should be cut in marble on all government buildings, or still better, posted on all toilet doors: “I don’t play on myself anymore, I play for people. When I go there and see all eyes and hopes pinned on me. If you can’t pay them back, it’s one hell of disappointment. And that kills me.”

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