Often enough people mistake my skepticism for pessimism. Especially those that are activating in the political arena and with whom I happen to disagree. Most of the time my reply is that I try to be as realistic as possible and assess the situation based on their policies. Last time I was called a pessimist last night on a TV show. Besides the answers given last night the graph below shows another reason for being skeptical regarding long term prospects of the Romania.
In the last three years potential GDP growth moved from 6% to almost zero while the public debt doubled as % of GDP. I hope now the source of my skepticism clear. (red and blue lines two different measures of potential GDP growth on the left axis).