Saakashvili buying supporters for a song06.08.2010 | 11:00
Mikheil Saakashvili continues singing odes to his liberal economy. However, he understands perfectly that he cannot feed people with songs. Thus, Georgian president made up his mind to give "symbolic presents" to his supporters making up a single democratic choir with Mishiko, or, in other words, reward them on the basis of their performance. The point, though, is that the Georgian leader tends to dip his generous hand in public treasury.
There is no such thing as free lunch and, of course, Mikheil Saakashvili does not give any presents for free. If the presentee turns out to be unwanted, the present can always be taken back through the state mechanisms. This is the way Nino Burdzhanadze was punished once for her switching to the opposition.
"Give me my toys back!" - the indignant Georgian president demanded, having ordered the tax authorities to collect property tax from Mrs. Burdzhanadze for the country house that had been given to her for a symbolic price of 1 lari. The tax approximately amounted to 1,25 million laris.
1 lari... Well, we have heard about it before. The figure of one seems to be Mikheil Saakashvili's preferred number, for he charges the same price for country houses and Georgian football clubs. Perhaps, the president closely associates this figure with himself, the beloved and only support of the Georgian people and, naturally, Georgian market economy.
According to the law of constancy, if something is lost somewhere, then something has to be found in the other place. Having lost his faithful Nino Burdzhanadze, Mikheil Saakashvili decided to borrow another supporter from the enemy's ranks, evidently to spite someone. The former oppositional journalist and the image of the Imedi "breakaway" TV company is now sitting in Sakrebulo; according to some data, she is doing it to pay for the apartment that was given to her family as a governmental incentive. The TV company itself, which once belonged to Badri Patarkatsishvili who died under unclear circumstances, is currently in the hands that are more loyal to the authorities.
Ultimately, one of these days, the Monitor independent studio presented a film providing some new facts about the state property transference to certain people for a symbolic payment in exchange for echoing the Georgian leader. For instance, according to the short documentary, 70 facilities have been given out to satisfy the needs of the governmental party and solve the problems of Saakashvili's regime supporters.
For example, Alania radio TV company paid - you are going to laugh at it - just 1 dollar for a two-storeyed office in the center of Tbilisi. Is it possible that Mikheil Saakashvili wants to implant his mad propaganda into Russian minds with South Ossetia's help? Or, is he going to scold South Ossetia for its disobedience, the latter being also covered by the company's network? Well, one should bow low to the Georgian president for his zeal but I believe they will perfectly do without him.
As for the Georgian leader, he deserves a sentence for squandering state property. There is a relevant article in the Georgian Criminal Code; still, our economic expert Giorgy Khukhashvili believes there is no use calling upon the democracy law in an authoritarian country:
- When someone gives you something, you become dependant on this person in a way - this is the game rule of the authoritarian regime. Georgia has got the so-called aristocracy of talent integrated into the government; they need it to support the authorities, sustaining them, providing certain promotion and, of course, "political stability". Such technique was used by all authoritarians when the government itself became the state. Real democracy is out of the question. The property in a democratic state is the property of each citizen; it is not a single person deciding whom to give and from whom to take. Legislation is never respected in authoritarian countries. The "right of a phone call" becomes superior to any law or even Constitution. The law may be perfect but it is to be complied with by common people, not the government. Democracy rests upon three pillars: constitutionalism, parliamentarianism - the development of a balance between the branches of government - and a free judicial system. That is true according to the law but in practice the judicial system is fully controlled by the government via such "presents" method.
But even if Saakashvili miraculously gets behind the bars, Khatuna Kalmakhelidze will surely get him out of any trouble and everyone will see that her appointment as head of the penitentiary system was not for nothing.