quarta-feira, 5 de abril de 2017

Editorial: The impasses of the Brazilian political system


Resultado de imagem para Renan Calheiros/Kátia Abreu

Sincerely? I even wanted to be present at this dinner offered by Senator Kátia Abreu (PMDB-TO) to the PMDB morubixabas. Not by the companies invited by the senator - for the simple fact that I choose my friends for the principles - but because of the menu offered: fritada de aratu, a crustáceo of reddish color, whose meat is very tasty. His capture involves some very curious rituals, taught to this editor by José do Nascimento, the Crab Man, in our wanderings with the pupil of the São Lourenço mangroves, here in Goiana, Pernambuco. Miss those days, Jeep! The afternoons in the fishing colony of Ponta de Pedras, savoring that traditional fish sausage with the fishermen; The calories of sururus and bluebirds - now banned - with those cold beers in Dona Irene's hut; The finger of prose with Professor Carminha and Serginho da Burra. Go, Serginho! I did not want to remember those afternoons, as Tavito would say.

Turning to the national political reality, let the record be made that the PMDB summit met to deal with the somewhat complicated relationship with the Michel Temer Government. Complicated, we would say, since Senator Renan Calheiros refers to the leader of the Government in Congress, André Moura (PSC-SE) as a murderer, in reference to a homicide charge that weighs against him. The rebellion of the PMDB chiefs is emblematic, as we emphasized yesterday in editorial, because it is about adopting measures - such as the Pension Reform, for example - that do not fit in with a democratic agenda. As sociologist Sérgio Pinheiro (USP) has defined, once this government has taken office as an interim, its agenda is absolutely incompatible with the full functioning of a democratic regime, where the candidates would have to dispute the voters' Accountability. This is a non-negotiable agenda with the electorate. The Moremitebistas who have to continue in public life, disputing the vote of the electorate, have realized the need to take their foot off the accelerator of this neoliberal agenda - at least for now - to preserve their mandates, guaranteeing the privileged forum. None of them wants to be heard directly by Judge Sérgio Moro, who is listed as the majority, in the course of the investigations of Operation Lava Jato. Renan, for example, responds to 12 inquiries, 9 of which relate to Lava Jato.

Senator Renan Calheiros has insinuated that President Michel Temer has no way out. The exit would be the proposal of a Welfare Reform, not so radical, with a less heavy burden to be paid by the parliamentarians in the elections of October 2018. Renan, then, stuck to the marrow in Lava Jato inquiries, will try to Reelection to the Federal Senate and intends to maintain power in his home state, with the re-election of Renan Filho (PMDB), to the State Government of Alagoas. As journalist Josias de Souza remarked in his blog, on other occasions, these caciques met in the Jaburu Palace, possibly with the presence of Michel Temer, to address the political inability of former President Dilma Rousseff. What about Temer, considered as a great political articulator, now with a great embarrassment to be equated with his parliamentary support base?

Analyzing our political system gives us a bad discomfort. You can not see that light at the end of the tunnel or even a short-term exit. In the face of the crisis of the Dilma Government, the solution found by these gentlemen, distinguished representatives of our Legislative power, was not the construction of an agenda, a consensus that guaranteed the governance and health of our already fragile democratic institutions. On the contrary, they took advantage of their vulnerability to strike it, away from the Presidency of the Republic. Today the country is stuck in gigantic impasses, plunged into a recession and with stratospheric unemployment patterns, with public finances in tatters at all levels, be it at the federal, state and municipal levels. The State of Rio de Janeiro does not have the money to keep the police vehicles on the streets in their regular rounds, which has contributed to a frightening increase in violence rates. When we spoke that these marches of foolishness would throw the country in that quagmire, no one would listen.

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