"We pretend to work; they pretend to pay us," has been a joke throughout the Soviet managed economy for some time. It is a slogan that infers a passive coexistence without communication between the citizen and the state. Judgement aside, officials before Baltic independence were not elected by the people and not likely to respond to public sentiment.But even now, that attitude has echoes in present day relations with public employees who work for us in offices and Parliament.It is an "Ain't it awful?" response to deficiencies encountered in the continual poverty plan covering a range of se...
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