In fact, Dilma went out of her way to say that taking care of
’s social commitments is expensive and the burden will be felt moving forward. (Duh!) Brazil
“It is [economic] growth, together with strong social programs, that will enable us to vanquish inequality in income and in regional development.”
“This involves high costs for the whole of society, but it also means that everyone is guaranteed a pension and universal health and education services.”
She reminded the titans of business that the national petroleum company, Petrobras, will remain guided by federal policies. There was no talk of the wizardry of the private sector or the “logic” of lining the pockets of the rich so they can create jobs for the rest of us.
“The prime agent of [a modern policy of investing in research and innovation] was and is Petrobras, the historical symbol of Brazilian sovereignty in the production of energy and of petroleum. My government will have the responsibility of transforming the enormous wealth from the Pre-Salt layer into a long-term savings account.”
Right on down the list Dilma spoke out for the neediest Brazilians. There was no walking back campaign promises or gratuitously tossing conciliatory bone after bone to the opposition.
I did a few word searches on Dilma’s speech. The results demonstrate the distance between what passes for liberal rhetoric in the
USA and here in : Brazil
Woman – spoken 10 times
Poverty – spoken 9 times
Social – spoken 11 times
Health – spoken 9 times
Education – spoken 6 times
Commitment – spoken 7 times
Tax Cut – spoken zero times
I know, I know – this is just a speech. Let’s see how it goes. But you know what – I’ll bet a good sum that Dilma outperforms Obama in the toughness, fighting, and commitment categories. Just sayin’. (Sorry President Obama, I know you have done a lot, but nobody disappoints like a friend and ally.)
President Lula left office with an 87% approval rating.
Conventional wisdom is that President Dilma will in large part continue the policies established by President Lula, with some tweaking around the edges.