The problem isn't just that they receive a monthly net salary of €10,000 to €15,000 [$12-18,000] -- more than members of the national assembly in Rome get -- without working terribly hard. The assembly rarely convenes and the turnout is usually quite low. Even the fact that almost a third of the Honorables have a criminal record, are being sued or are under investigation is a cosmetic blemish at most. The true problem lies in what they have been doing: The political class in semi-autonomous Sicily has been doling out jobs and cash so lavishly over the years that the region is at risk of financial collapse.We're not there yet. Not even close.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
and you thought Congress wasn't worth it!
Whatever your complaints about the U.S. Congress, withhold them for a moment to consider the regional assembly in Sicily. Spiegel reports: