So the European Commission President Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso (who, believe it or not, is more free market oriented than most in that entity) is upset that some Member States are opposing the expansion of the EC's budget, which means that a 2011 budget has not been approved which might mean the EC works on a month by month basis.
Tough. Time to wake up to the real world.
When he says "Those that think they have won a victory over 'Brussels' have shot themselves in the foot. They should know that they have dealt a blow to people all over Europe and in the developing world"
He is so wrong. People all over Europe don't want to pay more to your unaccountable, unaudited monolith of bureaucracy and socialism.
Taxpayers are already reaping what has been sowed as overspending by their national governments has created mountains of national debt, and continued deficit spending that is growing those mountains. They all face spending cuts in national budgets, and many also face tax increases.
On what planet does Mr Barroso think Europeans will be disappointed if they pay more for his bureaucracy and its socialist inspired programmes (which are basically subsidies for inefficient farmers or development assistance for former Soviet bloc economies)?
No. It is time for European taxpayers to stand up, to tell their feather-bedded MEPs in Brussels a big no to more spending.
The most the European Commission ought to expect next year is a ZERO budget increase, which would be the case if it went to month by month approvals hopefully.
What I'd like to see are cuts, of the kind that would help match the savings of many Member States cutting spending. 33% next year would be a good start. The same again the following two years, and by then what's left is enough to fund the windup of the European Commission into a small monitoring team to ensure barriers on free trade and investment within Europe are maintained. Those who will complain the most will be some thousands of people in Brussels who will need to find real jobs, thousands of farmers who will face having to sell goods for a living rather than live off of subsidies and those who seek the lucre of EC construction projects in the east and south.