Today is so called “Prinsjesdag”. This day is filled with a lot of ceremonial activities. The queen is taken to the parliament by the gold carriage and horses. Security is arranged by the royal guards in official outfit. The queen gives a state of the kingdom and unfolds the plans for the next year. Later in the day the Secretary of Finance takes “the suitcase” which holds the plans in financial detail for the next year to the Government and presents the plans there.
The plans for 2011 are rough. The past two years the Government has overspent which led to larger budget deficits. The next few years those deficits needs to be repaired, which means huge cuts in expenses and costs. Basically this means that everyone will have to pay a little extra. Sad, but true. I have no clue yet how the plans will affect our situation. It also depends on the plans that the new government is making. I guess we’ll see.
This article made it to the frontpage of our national newspaper. It writes that a Piper Saratoga landed on the I-85 near Atlanta during the morning rush hour. It’s a miracle that there were no injuries. The link at the end of the article is a link to a movie on YouTube.