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Montevideo, January 19th 2022 - 00:24 UTC
Brazil's economic growth may accelerate to a 3.5% annual rate in the second half of the year after the approval of pension reforms, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said in an interview with TV channel Globo news. Read full article
REF: pension reform will pass within four months:
It's utterly believable:
The Bolsonaro government opts for censorship, violating national transparency laws to hide the fact that it’s pro-rich pension reform is unnecessary for the Brazilian population.
By Paulo Moreira Leite
The Bolsonaro government’s censorship proves that reform will only happen through dictatorship. In refusing to allow public access to the economic data used to justify the pension system reform, Economic Minister Paulo Guedes’ team is paying tribute to the inspiration for its project – the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, which implanted a similar pension system reform when Chile was submitted to the most bloody dictatorship in Latin America.
... In this climate, the Bolsonaro government takes refuge in censorship for an obvious reason. They know that the data would confirm, in detailed manner, the arguments being made by critics of the reform and that this would ignite the country, showing how, if passed, it will affect the poor and less protected while preserving all the privileges for the rich. This is how they plan to rip R$1 trillion from the pockets of the majority of the Brazilian population, forcing them to work more, pay more and receive less for their retirements.
Considering that they need a 3/5 majority of congressional votes to approve the main changes, the fear of the government is clear. It is afraid that the resistance will grow large enough to block Bolsonaro’s allies from raising enough votes to pass the measure.
Incapable of facing democratic debate, the Government appeals to ignorance and censorship, in the hopes of evading a right guaranteed by the Transparency Law. We’ve seen this movie before, and it ends in tragedy.
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