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Relief for Piñera: congress approves tax reform to provide funds for education

Wednesday, September 5th 2012 - 06:20 UTC
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Chile's Congress approved on Tuesday major changes in tax laws aimed to provide funds for an overhaul of the nation's protest-hit schools, handing unpopular President Sebastian Piñera a welcome victory a month from municipal elections. Read full article


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  • LightThink

    Are there any persons who know ...

    What is the English meaning of Farsi(Iranian) “” BIM --- (bim) “” word ?

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 09:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ken Ridge

    Way to go Chile, the most level headed country in LatAm.

    Pinera may be the most unpopular leader since the 90's, but the country is steaming ahead with confidence, proving populist Governments don't work.

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • werowe

    As an American living here I am impressed that their congress can actually reach a compromise and get something passed. Of course in the USA the congress has been unable to pass anything in several years and only then with great effort. Lets hope the students here consider this a positive step and don't continue with their disruptive school seizures and protests that turn violent.

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 01:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    I agree.
    Unfortunately the anarchists who masquerade as students will just move along to the next protest.

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 06:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ProRG_American

    I asked a young Chilean visiting Los Angeles what the student protests in Santiago were about and he said, “We want free and open university education. We want to be like the Argentines”.

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Good to see Argentina doesn't have the monopoly on deluded souls.

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 09:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sergio Vega

    2@ Commonly, the goods ones are not the most popular.....(Bachelet is a good example on the other side)....
    3@ Yes, its very strange the law was passed because the leftist opposition have done up to the impossible to stop all the laws that will help the people and that weren´t even propossed during the 20 years of Disconcerted Alliance Gvts.
    4@ I disagree with you about the masquerades definition....they are part of the leftist students leadership and have been protected and incited by them to act as the beast they did....
    5@ Yes, we have a lot of stupid and blind kids that have nothing than sawdust filling their brain, so they are LEFTIST.....and act and speak so, violent, unconsious, immatures, ignorants....that would be very well in Argentina with your bipolar crazy president Mrs. Potox (excuse me, Botox), the thief...
    We don´t need those kids so, gladly would be sent to the borderline so they can enjoy the greatness of living there.....or better, almost living there or surviving there....You are an example, living abroad....aren´t you)...

    On the other hand, free Unis is a very bad business for the country because the most of those alleged “students” won´t finish their courses and will waste a lot of state paid (tax payers, really) years for be non trained labourers if they decided to work some day....if not finish as politicians (like Ms. Camila Pellejo [Skin], excuse me, Vallejo from Communist Party)....

    Sep 06th, 2012 - 03:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    @ Sergio... Very funny.
    Hey Sergio why can't the people see that the country has developed and improved so much? It is light years from where it was only 3 decades ago. Now many places in and around the large cities look the same as in a developed country. You see muchos piensan que la vida en el mundo desarrollado es todo jamón, but it not true you still have to work very hard and everything is so expensive. I wish that they could give Piñera and his crack team a little more credit and appreciation, they are after all doing a great job and not running up debt or a deficit like our neighbor.

    Sep 06th, 2012 - 11:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    If this is what the right is coming up with, the centre of gravity is really shifting! Hallelujah =)

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 10:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Can somebody in Chile or Argentina tell me what is
    'free education' and
    'free university education' .... and
    who pays for it?

    This appears to be what the 'students' want.

    Are there education courses in Chile that cover 'freedom' and what constitutes 'free'?
    Equally, are there courses that cover 'responsibility' and 'social responsibility'?

    I am totally in favour of these tax-changes designed to fund education but, without the educating of the students to understand the contextual nature of 'freedom and responsibility', this will simply be a movement of monies ... and the message wrt 'a free lunch' will remain unlearned.

    Sep 10th, 2012 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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