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Georgian firemen extinguishing “burning” prices2011-03-10 20:42
Population of Georgia tired of the struggle against inflation pursued by helpless authorities reacts to a new price leap with evil irony. Recently a citizen of Tbilisi called the fire brigade to a local store. When the firemen arrived at the "scene of accident", there was no fire. Later it turned out they had been invited to extinguish "the inflation fire" with customers suggesting that they put out "burning prices". Unfortunately, brave rescuers failed to fulfill the task. But at least they answered the call of their compatriots unlike Georgian leadership.
The president, government and parliamentary deputies from the United National Movement give no hope that the "inflation avalanche" that has swept through the country can be stopped. Mikheil Saakashvili and his supporters repeat numerous explanations of "the reasons for price increase and our faultlessness". Dishonest entrepreneurs, economic blockade on the part of "hostile" Russia, greedy China, etc are part of the list of ill-wishers responsible for weekly adjustment of price labels in Georgian shops. There is an impression that if the efforts wasted on inventing these justifications had been used to fight inflation, Georgia would have become the first country living in communism and cancelling money.
However, common citizens of Georgia gradually get used to having little money in their wallets. Constantly rising prices of basic foodstuffs that are part of each Georgian family's nutrient budget facilitate this unenviable process. Apparently, "100 cheap dishes out of water and flour" will be sold out in local bookstores since Georgian hospitality can't stand empty tables. Yet, there will be little variety on the menu, even at the noisiest and biggest tablefuls. Certainly, the world's best restaurateurs would envy Georgian women's culinary skills. But now they face a most powerful enemy of any cook - lack of food and money.