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fern hill

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Brazil: Lula wins in a landslide
« on: October 29, 2006, 08:02:11 PM »
Yay. The left hangs on in Brazil. See what happens if the poor vote?

'Lula' easily wins Brazilian presidential vote

Last Updated: Sunday, October 29, 2006 | 6:57 PM ET
CBC News

Brazil's millions of poor turned out Sunday to give leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a resounding win in his campaign for a second term as president.

Silva, nicknamed Lula, had more than 60 per cent of the votes with most of the polls closed in the runoff vote. He beat centre-right challenger Geraldo Alckmin, a former state governor.

Silva had raised spending on social programs without hiking taxes, cementing the support of the poor. A Family Allowance program that provides payments to 11 million poor families, provided the children stay in school and are vaccinated, was very popular. ... -lula.html


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Brazil: Lula wins in a landslide
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2006, 08:13:33 PM »
Of course, the poor vote when the left has something substantive to offer them.

Lula's done a great job - he's helped make the income distribution in Brazil immensely fairer, without hurting the overall economy (which grows around 2-3% a year). We'll see the full results in time, when the kids who get to stay in school and stay healthy (both due to the vaccinations and the better diet they will have when their family has more money) are adults. I expect good things for Brazil in the future, and it is nice to see a Latin politician crafty enough to genuinely help the people while still staying moderate enough to avoid bringing down the wrath of Washington.


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Re: Brazil: Lula wins in a landslide
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2013, 10:44:17 PM »
Wow, twitter picture of protests in Brazil.

The protests over a hike in mass transit fares from $1.5 to $1.6 began 10 days ago in Sao Paulo, days before the opening of the Confederations Cup. The tournament brings together eight national teams from around the world in six Brazilian host cities.
[/size]The unrest rapidly spread to other cities with demonstrators focusing their anger not just on the transport fares but also on $15 billion the government is allocating for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup.
[/size]The demonstrators want these resources to be earmarked instead for health care and quality education in a country with vast economic disparity between rich and poor.
"Democracy is not the law of the majority, it's the protection of the minority." -Albert Camus 1913-1960


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