Revolution in Brazil

Revolution in Brazil

Sergio MendesJune 20, 2013

By John Seiler

Heroic! I’m inspired by the people of Brazil, who are sick and tired their socialist government. AP reports:

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Brazilians again flooded the streets of the country’s biggest city to raise a collective cry against a longstanding lament – people are weighed down by high taxes and high prices but get low-quality public services and a system of government infected with corruption.”

Sounds just like California. They even have our great beaches and weather.

“That was the repeated message Tuesday night in Sao Paulo, where upward of 50,000 people massed in front of the city’s main cathedral. While mostly peaceful, the demonstration followed the rhythm of protests that drew 240,000 people across Brazil the previous night, with small bands of radicals splitting off to fight with police and break into stores.”

OK, breaking into stores is bad. The enemy is the socialist government, not private businesses that somehow have managed to survive despite the high taxation, preposterous regulations and government corruption.

“Mass protests have been mushrooming across Brazil since demonstrations called last week by a group angry over the high cost of a woeful public transport system and a recent 10-cent hike in bus and subway fares in Sao Paulo, Rio and elsewhere….

“President Dilma Rousseff, a former leftist guerrilla who was imprisoned and tortured during Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship, hailed the protests for raising questions and strengthening Brazil’s democracy. “Brazil today woke up stronger,” she said in a statement.

“Yet Rousseff offered no actions that her government might take to address complaints, even though her administration is a prime target of demonstrators’ frustrations.”

Typical politician. She tries to ride the wave of discontent that her own socialist policies caused. I wish the Brazilians well. Maybe they can show us Californians how to fight an out-of-touch autocracy.

Meanwhile, here’s a YouTube of the great Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66:

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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 21 June, 2013, 08:36

    A huge issue there is not just the bus fares. Its about spending billions of dollars on sports stadiums. That is money not spent on the poor, on health care, on roads, on clean water supply, garbage pick up, ect. The Olympics may be in trouble because of this issue.
    This is why I’m against taxpayer funded sports stadiums. The vast bulk of the money goes to the millionaire players and billionaires owners. And the players cans still go on strike if they don’t make enough millions. The poo people get nothing.

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