From the cycle – I have been an idiot, am I still one now?

These are a few quotes from our Romanian Selectmen. Translations below:

Not only Americans have bad politician quotes. Us Romanians have them too!
Not only Americans have bad politician quotes. Us Romanians have them too!

“Exista aici, in aceasta sala, tineri care au murit in revolutia din decembrie 1989”
— Viorel Catarama

There are young people in this room who died in the 1989 revolution…

“Lumea are voie sa aiba doua conturi; unul in lei, unul in valuta si inca unul pentru economii. Mai mult nu” 
— Florin Georgescu (fost ministru al finantelor)

The world needs to have two accounts: one in lei (romanian currency), one in foreign exchange and one for savings. No more than that…

“S-au verificat toate actele pe fostii trei ani pe care am fost primar”
— Marian Vanghelie

All paperwork was checked on the last three years on which I was a mayor.

“A garanta proprietatea inseamna a limita dreptul omului asupra proprietatii lui” 
— Ion Iliescu

To guarantee property means to limit the right of the man over his property…

“Bancile sunt conduse de bancheri in toata lumea in afara de Cismigiu si Herastrau”
— Bogdan Balthazar (director de banca)

Banks are ruled by bankers all over the world except Cismigiu and Herastrau (two neighborhoods in Bucharest)

“Becali e un brand. Eu la Avicola Iasi pot sa fac pui Gigi Becali, daca vreau” 
— Gigi Becali

Becali (his name) is a brand. At the poultry factory in Iasi I can make Gigi Becali Chicken if I want to…

“Doar prin hazardul inconstient social nu se putea ajunge in sfere atat de aureolate si in plan financiar”
— Cornel Dinu (antrenor de fotbal)

Only through the unconscious social hazard you could not have reached in such aureola-ted spheres and in financial plans…

“Dumnezeu e cel mai tare serviciu de informatii din lume – stie tot, chiar si-un fir de par” 
— Gigi Becali

God is the best secret service in the world – he knows everything, even a hair strand.

“Familia e sfanta, pe cand patria….cum sa va spun patria e sacra’
— Dumitru Dragomir 
Family is saint, while the country,… how should I put this, the country is sacred


“Destinul meu a fost marcat de soarta”
— Dan Iosif

My destiny was marked by fate…

“Omul este o persoana umana”
— Gheorghe Hagi 

 The human is a human being

 
“Este vointa lui Dumnezeu ca eu sa pasc acest popor”
— Gigi Becali

It is God’s will that I should graze this folk.

“Domnul Ion Cristoiu a spus despre mine ca sunt corupt pe vremea cand nu eram, in 1993”
— Viorel Hrebenciuc (parlamentar P.S.D .)

Mr. Ion Cristoiu said about me that I was corrupt when I was not yet corrupt, in 1993.

Eu sunt pe toate listele de corupti si arestati, dar nu am nicio greata”
— Viorel Hrebenciuc

I’m on all the lists of corrupt people and arrested people, but I don’t feel any sickness.

“Sigur ca am auzit de El Nino. E numele unui cantaret de muzica latina, nu?”
— Loredana Groza

Of course I heard of “El Nino”… He’s a latino singer, no?

“La noi, sefii de partide sunt ca vacile in India
— Antonie Iorgovan

In our country, politic leaders are like cows in India

“Domnul Iorgovan e un fel de electron sarit de pe orbita”
— Adrian Nastase

Mr. Iorgovan is like an electron off his orbit.

“Am invatat putin limba braziliana!”
— Loredana Groza

I have learned a little Brazilian tongue.

“Fiecare are gusturile lui in muzica.. N-are cum sa asculte toata lumea numai Schopenhauer”

— Costi Ionita

Each to their own when it comes to music… Not anyone can listen only to Schopenhauer!

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