On Sunday evening, Brazil’s lower house of Congress casted their votes in favor of impeaching the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff.
Protesters against and supporters of Rousseff have been flooding the streets for demonstrations during the past week, and now the decision to carry out the impeachment will be in the hands of the Senate.
So what got Brazil into this predicament you may ask. Years of corruption and poor decisions have landed Dilma Rousseff in a pot of hot water for which I truly hope she will be punished.
The most important factor in this proposed impeachment is the covering up of the government’s actual deficit in 2014. Apparently the government’s accounting paperwork was fudged to make it seem like Rousseff had fixed the deficit.
On top of this issue, several members of the Brazilian Congress are facing corruption charges as well, not to mention the Petrobras scandal where a cartel was created to essentially sell off contracts, then overcharge the company. Billions of dollars changed hands throughout the company itself and even to politicians. Rousseff was the chair of the Petrobras board from 2003-2010, making her just as accountable for this scandal as the deficit scandal.
It is pretty easy to see why the people of Brazil are sick and tired of their government. Everyone is essentially playing the average citizens for fools.
Years of skyrocketing government spending with little to nothing to show for it, unending lists of scandals and blatant corruption, and the constant threat of the collapse of their economy has made for a very volatile atmosphere in Brazil.
The Summer 2016 Olympics are supposed to be held in Rio, and the political turmoil is not anticipated to be anywhere near over.
The problem in Brazil is obvious. The rich, political elite who hide behind parties have convinced the people of Brazil they are for them, the workers, when in fact this is very far from true.
I wouldn’t go as far as calling Brazil a socialist state, but it certainly holds some of the negative connotations that relate to socialism. The rich who prey on the poor by claiming they will do anything to help them has been a common theme in socialist and communist countries. This is something that is slowly being introduced and accepted into America.
Why can’t we learn from history and see that the power belongs to the people and not in the hands of the political elite? People flee from countries that embrace socialism or have corruption issues.
I have yet to hear of anyone running for his or her life from a free market capitalist country.
I hope the people of Brazil take matters into their own hands and throw out every single dirty politician and recreate their country’s government into something that is respectable.