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The pension is not excessive

Пенсия лишней не бывает

In the Russian media slipped the discontent of bureaucrats that independent journalists and bloggers have the nerve to say pompously announced to increase the pension of retirees has not led to the desired result.

Instead of servile manifestations of gratitude, some irresponsible old men and old women began to Express their disappointment received a raise. Moreover, since January of 2019, a significant part of pensioners has become even more to complain about rising prices, especially for food, and to think that even an increased pension is not enough (worthy) life.

Bureaucrats have to accept that in fact a significant number of non-working pensioners will receive an increase of less than a thousand rubles, since it will not be made in the amount pre-specified in the law amount, and by simply increasing their pensions by 7.05 % !

So that the disabled old men and old women (especially in depressive and subsidized regions of Russia), which have a small pension, for example, 7000 – 8000 rubles, will receive an increase of approximately 490 – 560 rubles instead of the loud voiced the sum of 1000 rubles.

It is especially noteworthy that the said one thousand rubles – the average amount of gain throughout Russia. Well, as the average temperature in the hospital. In General, non-working pensioners who have a pension were 40 000 – 60 000 rubles a month will receive an increase of about 3,000 – 4,000 rubles, and the rest in accordance with his modest pension.

Maybe the main thing here was to mislead people and beautiful promise to increase pensions every year for five years to divert the attention of workers prior to raising the age of retirement ? But this is only a guess.

By the way, that in these five years, from the pocket of each worker (from 60 to 65 years, with the exception of certain categories of citizens) can be removed up to one million rubles unpaid pensions, bureaucrats somehow silent.

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And one more suggestion. Maybe the purpose of the idea of raising the retirement age of workers is not whether to begin to pay them the pension with 65 years, and to cease to pay them earned (!) pension now ? Then everything becomes clear.

Ceasing to pay pensions to workers with 60 years (they would work to 65 years) bureaucrats, thereby, will save possibly hundreds of billions of rubles a year. And this means they may become used to the rotten boat of the Russian bureaucracy drowned. But it is also an assumption, to think and to believe a law has not prohibited.

Meanwhile, Russian bureaucrats may continue to engage in “cuts” and the grandiose “construction of the century” type of construction high-speed rail lines, possibly on top of the Caucasian mountains or the North pole or the construction of a bridge to Sakhalin, where for several years going to close last coal mine. By the way, produced at the Sakhalin oil and gas export in significant volumes tankers and gas carriers-LNG.

In General, if in previous years a working pensioner received not only salary, but also earned (!) he retired, and now this in Russia will not. As they say, was yours, was…

Generally speaking, many Russian bureaucrats wondering – why are some workers, a significant number of whom may not live to retirement at 65 years of age, dissatisfied with their promise to pay a pension, increased in average by 1000.

And certainly they don’t understand why the discontent expressed by some Russian pensioners who received a handout. Think less than promised in words, raise, but according to the law..

Unfortunately, the promised increase in their pension, which promised non-working elderly, will soon turn into dust. When they begin to obtain this increase, the monthly expenditure of Russian citizens is likely to grow much more than a thousand rubles a month, compared with the beginning of 2018.

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There is still need to say “inflation expectations”. They depend on the so-called “consumer expectations” of citizens and, very importantly, from the “expectations of firms”, which, in anticipation of the appearance of “extra” money in the pockets of pensioners and workers, will start to gradually increase prices on their goods and food to either reduce the weight of packaging (up to 900 and even 800 grams), or sell the chicken eggs in packing on nine eggs for the price of a dozen.

Moreover, in Russia have appeared in selling the package to eight eggs (probably for the price of nine eggs). And it is quite extravagant approach of distribution networks is the offer to buy has risen in price eggs apiece !..

By the way, it is appropriate to recall a popular Russian saying: one hand gives, the other takes (back). If we wouldn’t observe such a thing ? So, according to the forecast of “Rusprodsoyuz” the VAT increase of 2% ultimately can lead to increased consumer prices for food (on the counter) in the first quarter of 2019 at 8% !

Given the forthcoming rise of prices for food, goods and services, we can assume that it is missing the egg (which should be included in a well-established measure of food – “a dozen eggs”) can become a symbol of popular discontent, mobilization of pensioners and workers of Russia in the struggle for their rights and life.

The larger the bagel promise to the elderly, the greater the donut hole they will get.

(Paradoxes of social policy)

Sergey Paliy.

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