The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree

by Benjamin Nathan-Serio

In Spain, a country where more than half of young people of working age are unemployed and more then a quarter of the workforce overall is in the same category, the government with the aid of the media has effectively poisoned the quotidian lexicon of it's people.

On the street, in commercial centers, in households, the financial crisis is on the tongues of everyone you meet. Things like "...well, we're lucky to have work at all" and "... the way things are going we can't hope for better..." are essentially a mantra repeated day after day.

As a result or perhaps more accurately, exploiting the opportunity, the government has begun to enforce and create new laws. They're putting sanctions against businesses (mostly medium sized and small) for the smallest violations. This, with the excuse of generating money for the state.

But what about the behaviour of the state?

This Wall Street Journal article talks a little about allegations against the head of the ruling party Mariano Rajoy regarding unlawful handling of funds. And the situation seems to make a lot more sense. Everyone is taking the piss. No one wants to pay the system. And the very, very few who take it upon themselves to follow the letter of the law, find themselves supporting the weight of a majority of "free-loaders" and quickly find themselves wrapped up in an agonizingly confusing exercise in futility. Joseph Heller could write three more sequels to Catch 22 based on the Spanish legal system.

In Summary:

In Spain a chorizo, aside from being a very flavorful type of cured sausage, is another way of saying thief. The saying goes: "There is not enough bread for so much Chorizo"

Indeed, in Spain what there is plenty of, is bread (See Marie Antoinette's PR disaster regarding cake circa French Revolution). And this abundance on Bread in Spain makes me wonder: Perhaps the abundance of "Chorizo" is in fact due to this omnipresent Bread...