In 1956, in the face of servitude, “we chose independence instead of occupation.” Then, a “new generation of communists” came in 2006, the PM said, recalling the austerity measures introduced by Socialists, including increased taxes, fees on doctor visits and sky-high utility prices, not to mention the elimination of the 13th month pension and family benefits. The Left deceived families into taking out foreign-currency loans, and drove the country to the brink of default, he said, adding that when “we raised our voices, they answered with tear gas and rubber bullets,” which “we will never forget.”
Viktor Orbán then recounted how we got payback with a landslide victory, delivering Fidesz a two-thirds majority; however, it took years to make up for the destruction of the Left. Since 2010, 1 million new jobs have been created, foreign currency loans were “kicked out,” taxes have been reduced, and the minimum wage next year will be higher than the average wage under the Socialists, he said. In addition, multinational companies were taxed, and overheads were cut to the lowest levels in Europe. Now, the country’s economic situation allows for the 13-month pension to be rebuilt, young people will be exempt from the personal income tax next year, and families raising children will have their PIT refunded.