Brazil: We Have No Roadmap


Brazil: We Have No Roadmap

The Lula administration still lacks an action script. The President’s
Workers Party should have
started drafting one 12 years ago, when
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ran for President for the first time. What

we hear is that we must resume growth. But we remain
generic. We need a true Action Plan.

by:

Carlos Chagas

 

We may well be living the hora da virada (turning point), however slowly and gradually, with the lowering of
interest rates, higher taxes on bank profits, funds approved for important infra-structure works and the first results of the
Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) Program. However—and I’m not trying to talk like the
Joãozinho of the joke (the man who
only thinks of one thing)—I must say this: the Lula administration took power without the benefit of a roadmap for action.

While acknowledging that the administration chose to start off by following the previous economic model,
avoiding thus any possible `earthquakes’, the government still lacks an action script, now that neoliberalism seems
to be fading out. The PT (Workers Party) should have started drafting one 12 years ago, when Luiz Inácio Lula da
Silva ran for President for the first time.

Between then and now, a plan could have been drafted which would have been an alternative to globalizing
interests, containing concrete proposals about what to do to reduce unemployment, expand the domestic market,
multiply production and socially integrate the country.

Just generic enunciations

Taking into consideration the optimistic perspective of abandoning the economic policy which made our
lives hell for so many years, the conclusion may be that there was nothing to do besides generic enunciations.
Something about what to do, but nothing about how to do it.

Of course time goes on, realities change and new conditions demand constant alterations and
improvements, but things could be different now if there had been, since the beginning of the campaign, some alternative basic
plan. Some kind of textbook, permanently perfected and adapted, and ready to be implemented by the PT.

Maybe not right on January 1st, so as not to traumatize conservative segments, but at least ready to be
announced at an opportunity such as the one coming up now. Let’s consider unemployment and the need to lower it, for
example. What will president Lula do? Should the government be talking about how to do it? Okay, we should help small
and medium size companies with easier-to-obtain credit, but on what terms? In what parts of the country? Which
credit institutions will be involved? Government-sponsored labor fronts able to rebuild and even implement roads, yes,
but which fronts? How to finance them? On what terms? Covering what kinds of workers?

Expanding the domestic market—another example. What mechanisms should be used? Wage
increases? Lowering production costs by decreasing the tax burden? Or should we hit only the richest Brazilians, starting
with the huge fortunes, the inheritance tax and the high salaries? Direct incentives to local governments? How are
we to channel the necessary funds? Larger subsidies to agriculture? Which products? Limits on superfluous
imports, yes, but which ones? Multiplication of agricultural production by advancing on big lands in the interior? Or
improvements in productivity?

Agrarian reform? Further distribution of land with no detriment of the concentration into huge estates? Easy
credit for the interior? Should we adopt transgenics or commit to a new and massive attempt with wheat? What about
subsidies for cattle raising? Should we explore biomass as a cleaner and cheaper source of energy? What about the
overall social integration of the country—should we do with welfare planning only? Or get all programs together into a
single one? Should we give incentives to domestic savings? Using which alternatives?

Again the question is where, how and when. Because the truth is that no program, not even an incomplete
one, has been put forward by the PT, with all its economists. What we hear is that we must resume growth. But we
remain generic. We are missing, it’s very clear now, a true Action Plan from the government.

Two faces of the same coin

Congresswoman Jandira Fhegalli, of the PC do B (Brazilian Communist Party) did not run in defense of
Fidel Castro, with the big buzz in the press still going on about the death conviction of two Cubans who tried to
escape to Miami. She reminds everyone, though, that they were convicted in accordance with the laws of that country.
And she asks why do newspapers and newscasts not give the same treatment to the hundreds of death convictions
taking place in the United States, also in accordance with those laws. After all, the death penalty doesn’t exist only in Cuba…

And he even flew in the presidential plane…

A comment overheard in the more orthodox segments of the administration and the PT who don’t accept
the possibility of any dialogue or understanding between Lula and José Alencar, after last Thursday, in Salvador,
when the vice-president restated in public the criticism made to the financial system: "And he even used the
presidential plane at his disposal…"

Carlos Chagas writes for the carioca daily
Tribuna da Imprensa (Rio) and is a representative of the Brazilian
Press Association, in Brasília. He welcomes your comments at
carloschagas@hotmail.com 

This article appeared originally at Tribuna da Imprensa –
http://www.tribuna.inf.br

Tereza Braga is a freelance Portuguese translator and interpreter based in Dallas. She is a
carioca who has lived and worked in the U.S. for 19 years. Accredited member of the American Translators Association.
Contact: tbragaling@cs.com  

 

document.write(“Email this article“);

Discuss it in our Forum

Send
your comments to Brazzil

To
Top
/ Go
Back

MAGAZINE
/
CALENDAR
/
FORUM & CHAT
/
BRAZZMALL
/
LINKS
/
MUSIC


CURRENT ISSUE
/
NEWS
/
AD & CLASSIFIEDS
/
THATS BRAZILIAN
/ CONTACT

FRONT PAGE


Forum Site Map
/ Old
Forum
/
Old Forum1
/
Forum B
/
Old Board

Constitution
/ 4
/ 3000
/ Archive
/ Privacy
/ Daniella
/
Investment in Brazil

 

 

 

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Raising Interest Rates Is Not A Whim, Says Brazil’s Finance Minister

Brazil’s Finance Minister, Antonio Palocci, declared that rising interest rates is not “capricious” and ...

The Reconstitution of a Crime: How Brazilian High Officials Broke the Law

Last March 16, the minister of Finance, Antônio Palocci, received a visit from the ...

Brazil Gets Four Medals in Mathematical Olympiad

Brazilian students are bringing home two gold medals, one silver and one bronze from ...

What’s Real with the Real?

What really happened in Brazil since the Real came under attack by currency speculators ...

The Yanomami Bluff and Other Myths

Forgotten by the Brazilian authorities for half the millennium, relegated to the condition of ...

Cuban leader Fidel Castro

For Brazil Castro Is Respectable But a Little Old-Fashioned on Ethanol

Brazilian Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, compared Brazil to a pilgrimage place or a Mecca ...

These Kid Rapists Shocked Brazil and Got Stiff Jail Sentences. Guess What

In August 2003, six City Council members and six businessmen were arrested and later ...

Brazilian Executive Jet Phenom 100 Passes FAA Test in Texas

Brazilian Embraer's first Phenom 100 customers have successfully passed the practical test with the ...

Brazil's Rio Grande port in Rio Grande do Sul state

Brazil’s Port of Rio Grande Expecting Record Grain and Ore Shipping

Brazil's Port of Rio Grande, located in the city of the same name, in ...

Brazil Cinema: The Best Shots

In Premiere Brazil, MoMA introduces the first of what will be an annual film ...