Brazil’s Ex-Minister Pans Lula for Bush Bashing and Third World Mentality

    Former Brazilian Finance Minister Mailson da Nóbrega says President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva could win next year’s presidential election, but says much will depend on the opposition’s tactics.

    Lula’s chances will be boosted by the "macroeconomic outlook" for 2006, which da Nóbrega describes as being one of the best in the last eight years. He foresees no risk of the government giving in to political pressure and changing its economic policy.

    "Lula knows this would be a mistake in economic terms and suicidal in political terms," said da Nóbrega in a wide-ranging interview with Brazil Political Comment, a recently-launched site, which covers the Brazilian political and business scene.  

    In other comments, da Nóbrega says Lula’s foreign policy is based on a Third World agenda, is marked by anti-Americanism and is "one of the worst in the history of Brazil".

    He describes the pension system, introduced by the 1988 Constitution, as a "fiscal disaster" which is holding back Brazil’s development.  

    Da Nóbrega also discusses his forthcoming book "O Futuro Chegou – Instituições e Desenvolvimento no Brasil" (The Future Has Arrived – Institutions and Development in Brazil).

    "I believe Brazil is migrating to a new development model, which will be marked by democracy, a market-oriented economy, and be founded on strong economic institutions with social policies focused on the poor.

    "The transition will be long, difficult and risky but I believe we will arrive there. The signs of this future can already been seen."

    The interview is available in English and Portuguese at  

    You can also read John Fitzpatrick’s article Brazilian Parties Start Long Haul in Fight for Presidency in which he claims that the forthcoming presidential election campaign will be a no-holds conflict, marked by dirty tricks and mudslinging. Here is an excerpt:

    "In early October I was talking to someone closely involved with the São Paulo PSDB leadership who said that the Workers Party (PT)… was wrong if it thought the ongoing political crisis was running out of steam. Something would occur which would show Lula that he would not have a clear run at a second mandate next year.

    I assumed he was referring to some ambush the PSDB was preparing for just before next year’s election. "Oh no, it will happen sooner, perhaps this month," he said. Events in the last few days of October show he may have been speaking the truth."

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    • Show Comments (3)

    • Guest

      Maybe if one had to pay money to write a post, it would keep some of the wackos from writing absurd (“modest proposal”) posts.

    • Guest

      Let\’s get into serious business here,sh
      Let’s start:
      Hey, look at this,” (The Future Has Arrived – Institutions and Development in Brazil). book. THEN….
      “I believe Brazil is migrating to a new development model…
      What model ? New model? There wansn’t even an OLD model. No adjectives necessary here,right?

      People of Brazil behold:

      “The signs of this future can already been seen”
      Where did I see that stupid slogan before?
      By the way, “future can be seen”? Where? When?

      What’s even better. The brazilian people ALWAYS believe in this crap.

      OH, my…

      Look here’s a math question for you.
      How do you double the so called ” Renda per Capita” ( I hope I wrote it correctly)?

      Simple. Kill half of the population and ALL politicians.

      Isn’t that nice ?????

    • Guest

      Brazil has other fiscal disasters !
      1) as per an article yesterday in this same site, 30 % of GDP is of pirated goods, involving by definition no taxes.

      2) Underground anmd undeclared economy is 40 %. No taxes either.

      3) Low tax collection on the remaining “taxed” economy”.

      This explains then why Brazil has one of the highest tax rate in the world !

      If you would collect all taxes, tax rates could be reduced dramatically and still give more money to the government !!!!

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