The question of making Portugal also an important, intellectual and thinking issue is missing.
Portugal is today an aged and smoldering country. It is a country with a median age of 44 years old, increasingly risk averse and increasingly unsuitable for all generations. It is a country where young people do not have the same professional opportunities as 70% of workers under the age of 35 per month of 950 euros, where pensions are low, and where there are still more than 600 thousand people whose work is underused. It is a country where public services do not meet the demand of citizens, but where the tax burden sets new records every year. It is a poor country, but where taxes are paid from rich countries. In short, it is a country where you don’t earn for the cost of living, but which is one of the most indebted in the world.
The title of this article refers to the electoral program of the Liberal Initiative. Portugal growing – this is what IL presents as a goal. Because it is economic growth that we need in order to break the stagnation in which we have languished. In 2009, GDP per capita in Portugal, on a purchasing power parity basis, represented 83.0% of the European Union average. In 2015, it had dropped to 77.5%. And in 2020, the latest data available, it was even higher, standing at 76.4% of the European average. But Portugal shrunk, all those in the European Union who in 2015 lived worse than us or were closer (Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Poland, Croatia and Hungary) or countries in the countriesam (Lithuania and Estonia). The exception was Greece, which with our sharing of choices of policy options in the latter.
GDP per capita in purchasing power parity
The economic recovery of 2021 was insufficient in Portugal. Candidate for prime minister, António Costa, incomprehensibly exults in a GDP growth rate that reached 4.6% last year. It is incomprehensible why the 4.6% growth in 2021 represents only a recovery of just over half of what was lost in 2020. There is therefore no reason for exultation. Still on the subject of 2021, if 4.6% is cause for great satisfaction, what can we say about the growth of Lithuania (expected at 5%), Hungary (7%), Estonia (9%), or the incredible Ireland (14%)?! Anyway, the best consideration for Portugal, a country that thinks for its lack as well. It is possible to do better, as other countries show. Much better.
Making Portugal grow means reducing the tax burden, eliminating bureaucratic inefficiency and legal uncertainty, and removing the State from the economy. Putting Portugal to grow means investing in a State that is primarily intended as a regulator, which ensures the quality of contracting and provision of public services, but not in a State that provides services that does not do the job. Putting Portugal to grow, empowering itself as people in the conduct of their private goals, aiming at saving resources in the sector, benefiting the action of public institutes whose results justify taxpayers. Elevating Portugal and growing with quality means rising to all social levels, educating everyone with quality at the same time, to strengthen, instead of time, those who want to do good and life are untied. The choice in these choices is between the socialism you block or the liberalism you unblock. I vote for liberalism (and IL).
Note: The author chairs the Honor Committee of the Liberal Initiative for Legislative 2022