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Brazil: Bolsonaro hints appointing STF judges involved “gifts”

Friday, October 29th 2021 - 09:40 UTC
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Video footage portraying Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro asking how much it would cost to appoint a Supreme Federal Court (STF) judge has gone viral Thursday. Read full article

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  • Jack Bauer

    “Hinted” ??? that's putting it rather mildly.......Bolsonaro has done a damned sight more than just hinted...over the past few months he has distributed R$ 17.2 billion - in the middle of a financial crisis - to politicians in order to guarantee their loyalty... 67% over the “gifts” distributed in 2019, and the largest amount since 2015 (by Dilma, desperately trying to avoid impeachment)....

    In other words, distributing taxpayer's money to avoid being impeached and to continue his life's mission of trying to be re-elected in 2022..

    In practise, he is transferring the right to determine how the Federal budget will be spent, to Congress, which implies that a fair share of those R$ billions will be destined to personal bank accounts.

    Oct 30th, 2021 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    You get what you pay for... ;)

    Nov 01st, 2021 - 11:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    imoyaro

    Agree.....but in Oct 2018, it was either the pyscopath (who lied like hell in his campaign, using other people's good reputations to boost his credibility), or, another 'post' of the ex-con.

    There wasn't much to pick and choose from.

    Nov 02nd, 2021 - 11:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • FortHay

    Jack / imoyaro,

    What's the alternative? Personally, I agree with the adage that all politics is local and we should exert influence and pressure there. In the remote NE fishing village where I live part of the time, we have formed a neighborhood alliance to either pressure the existing municipal administration to finally fulfill their decades long promise to bring piped water in, or replace the mayor with someone who will honor their word. It is tricky and complicated work, but holds out the promise for real positive change in the lives of the villagers. I have little time, energy or interest to waste on presidencies. Brasilia is a long way from the jangadas bobbing in the surf there.

    Nov 02nd, 2021 - 11:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    Jack, I agree with you wholeheartedly. As I get older, it seems there's never a real choice anymore. FortHay, you have my sympathy, for what it's worth. You'd think a federal government would have thought that piped clean water for every community would be a national priority, but hey, just look at Flint, Michigan, one of many towns in the US that no longer have safe water, even if it is piped. Take care guys. ;)

    Nov 03rd, 2021 - 08:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    FortHay

    You clearly live in a secluded paradise, however you can't isolate yourself from the consequences of dirty politics.

    I don't know how long you've lived there, but even decisions taken in Brasilia, by our pyschopath and his loyal followers in Congress (handsomely paid for being loyal), eventually filter down, even to the level of your small 'município'....as you are experiencing....decade old promises never fulfilled, what else is new ?

    I'm glad to see you are optimistic about putting pressure on the local authorities, but rarely do public interests prevail over the personal.

    I presume you are fully aware of the latest gimmick, the “PEC dos precatórios”, which by what I gather, will affect quite a few in the NE. Just a small demonstration of how Brasilia's tentacles reach everywhere.

    Good luck !

    imoyaro

    Regarding politics in Brazil, like in many socially underdeveloped countries, you rarely get the opportunity to try to elect an honest politician....it always boils down to voting for the least bad, the lesser of two evils..

    Nov 04th, 2021 - 04:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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