It must be acknowledged, in addition to a logical desire to improve, we are moved by envy, wishes of being better than the neighbor, partner or friend. This gives rise to situations which, analysed from the cold prospect of numbers they are, at the very least, curious. Suppose that I am a Chairman of autonomous community. As usual, I’m going to fight to get a good piece of pie in the allocation of regional funding. To simplify, let us imagine that the previous year received 10 billion euros, and that 10% of the total that supposed to distribute. Case to) due to the crisis and the increase in the deficit, all we have to tighten the belt. The total deal is reduced 10%, 90,000 million, I business and that my part is only minore by 5% have lost 500 million euros, but it is considered a great success.
Case b) the pie remains the same as last year, and back to receive 10 billion, i.e., I maintain my part in the same proportion. However, the neighbouring Autonomous Community and some other than It is similar to mine in terms of economic development, population, degree of transfers, etc, have improved (obviously, there are others that have worsened). I complain bitterly about the cast, and I remember the Government has a historic debt with my community, and that the fiscal balance of my autonomy (which simply put, would be the difference between the taxes paid on the territory and the services that it receives by all public authorities) is negative, I have much to recover. Case c) because of the crisis, the Government decided to distribute more money, so everyone is satisfied. Passes from 100,000 to 120,000 million, i.e., a 20% increase. However, the autonomous community which I am only get 1.2 billion additional euros (12%). I receive strong criticism from the opposition and within my party, since we have been clearly prejudiced in the partition. Of course, as in the latter case have gone losing in relation to others, but if you were the President of the community Autonomous, what would you prefer, can be in the case or in c?