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Brazil Lula’s Choice Words for His Critics: ‘Idiots, Ignorant’

Brazil Lula's speech Once again this Saturday, August 1st, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, reiterated he has no plans for a third mandate and anticipated he would reject a proposal from members of his own Workers Party for a constitutional amendment that would allow him to run again for president in 2010.

"It never crossed my mind. Furthermore I told members of my party to stop thinking of a third period for Lula because two are more than enough," said Lula da Silva in an interview with a radio station from Belo Horizonte.

The Brazilian president has one of the highest sustained support ratings in recent history, currently at a "relatively low 69%" given his record.

The transcription of the interview rejecting any attempts for a third consecutive mandate was broadcasted nationally. "Two is enough, three is imperial." he said, among other things.

Lula also called "idiots" and "ignorant" those who openly oppose his social financial aid plan for the needy, known as "Bolsa Famí­lia" (Family Allowance) which is extensive to millions of Brazilian families.

"There are still people so idiotic and so ignorant that continue to say that social aid plans are for lazy people because those who benefit don't want to work," he underlined.

According to a measure published in the country's federal register, the Diário Oficial, the basic benefit offered to low-income families under the program will increase to 68 Brazilian reais (US$ 36) monthly from 62 reais (US$ 33) currently. This represents a 10% increase effective next September.

Brazil's Bolsa Famí­lia program as of June served a total of 11.4 million beneficiaries throughout the country with incomes below 140 reais (US$ 75) per month.

The 10% increase, which is expected to cost the Treasury an additional US$ 200 million, was criticized by the opposition and daily Folha de S. Paulo, describing the decision as "electoral" since presidential elections are scheduled for October 2010.

"I'm not going to feel offended anymore with these attacks and comments, that "Bolsa Famí­lia" are handouts, demagoguery and so many other things. These people believe and have always believed that people live in precarious conditions, in a favela (shanty town) because they want and because they don't like to work or study: ignorant nonsense."

"The ignorant in Brazil don't know that the country is divided between those who had a chance and those who didn't," emphasized the Brazilian president, who is of extremely humble origin.

Statistics from the Institute of Applied Economic Research show that Lula da Silva's social programs helped lift 16.5 million Brazilians out of poverty between 2003 and 2007.

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  • João da Silva

    ch.c
    [quote]Sorry Joao….but…but…but….YOU were Highly Criticizing HIS HANDOUTS more than once ….which are not handouts…but SOCIAL help or stated otherwise.Wealth Redistribution !
    [/quote]

    No, ch.c. In a roundabout way we are talking the same thing. We teach people to fish, but not to give them the fish (unless they do not have the right conditions to fish, in which case, we give the fish-It is called Charity). I truly believe that all the humans are talented one way or other and if you give the right incentives , they would take care of themselves and help others. For example, a couple of weeks ago, an old lady was having difficulty in climbing down the stairs of a Supermarket and she looked at me and asked if I could give her a hand. I did and offered to take her home in my car. She politely thanked and told me it was a short walk.

    In this aspect, my “uncle” is doing the thing the wrong way. No matter how much he increases the value of the “Bolsa Familia”, it is not going to bring dignity to “Real Brasilians with dignity”, but indeed lots of votes from the “povÀƒ£o”. BUT….BUT…., that is a SAD,SAD,…..World.

    BTW, I am not running for any elected post next year and even if I do, I would not win!!! Too Cartesian and too late to change. 😀 😉

  • ch.c.

    Please do let me join you in your applause
    Sorry Joao….but…but…but….YOU were Highly Criticizing HIS HANDOUTS more than once ….which are not handouts…but SOCIAL help or stated otherwise.Wealth Redistribution !

    My critics on that subject, if you re-read my many many many comments were that HIS SOCIAL & WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION ARE…. WELL WELL WELL….TOO LOW !

  • João da Silva

    ch.c
    [quote]Joao…Da Silva…..hopefully you know now what your “uncle” is thinking about you. [/quote]

    He no longer [b][i]just[/i][/b] thinks but has started expressing his thoughts in [b][i]words[/i][/b] to describe me and his other “nephews”. 😥

    [quote]LET ME WARMLY APPLAUDE…INIACIO !!!!![/quote]

    Please do let me join you in your applause. 😀

  • ch.c.

    For once……
    LET ME WARMLY APPLAUDE…INIACIO !!!!!

    The only problem is that the increase doesnt not equal to US$ 200 million but more than twice that !

    Joao…Da Silva…..hopefully you know now what your “uncle” is thinking about you.
    Have you not written critics time and again…against his handouts to the poors through the Bolsa Familia !!!!

    Ohhhh and there is also a big VOLUNTARY DISINFORMATION in his statement, just to hide the real truth.
    The Bolsa Familia will be Brazilian Reais 36.- and not US$ 36.- ! Quite a difference again !
    It originally started at Brl 25.- and did not went up to 68.- !
    And there was and still is a cap per family.
    Initially it was Brl 100.-
    So now the cap per family should be around 130/140.- Brl.

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