Let’s face it, as well as a logical desire to improve, we are also motivated by envy, the desire to be better than our neighbor, partner or friend. This results in situations when seen from the perspective of the cold numbers are at least curious. Suppose I am a President of the Autonomous Community. As usual, I will fight to get a good piece of pie in the allocation of regional funding. For simplicity, imagine that last year received 10,000 million euros, and that accounting for 10% of the total deal. Case a) Because of the crisis and the rising deficit, we all have to tighten their belts.

The total share is reduced by 10%, to 90,000 million, but I get my business and part minor only 5% I “lost” 500 million euros, but is considered a great success. Case b) The pie stays the same as last year, and again I receive the 10,000 million, ie keep my hand in the same proportion. However, the Autonomous Community to another neighbor and is similar to mine in terms of economic development, population, level of transfers, etc., have improved (obviously, there are others that have gotten worse.) I complain bitterly of the cast, and I remember the Government has a historical debt to my community, and that the fiscal balance of my Self (which simplified, would be the difference between the taxes paid in the territory and the services it receives from all public authorities) is negative, I have a lot to recover. Case c) Because of the crisis, the government decides to allocate more money for everyone is satisfied. Passes from 100,000 to 120,000 million, ie a 20% increase. However, the Autonomous Region which address only get additional EUR 1,200 million (12%). Receiving heavy criticism from the opposition and within my party, because we have been clearly harmed by the partition. Of course, as the latter have lost out in relation to others, but if it were you the President of the Community Autonomous, which would you prefer, “being in the” case “or the” c “?