24 Dec 2010

President's Lula last speech - and last lies

In his last and longest speech on national television, President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said goodbye to Brazilian people by ranking a series of inflated data on his administration.

The speech of 11 minutes, was aired yesterday at 20 o'clock. In it, the PT said that the minimum wage in his government had a real gain of 67%, a more modest figure than the 74% quoted by Dilma Rousseff, elected president during the campaign for the Brazilian "Planalto" (Presidential Palace), but also a deceptive remark.

From 2003 to 2010, the minimum wage had eight readjustment, which in total reached 53.5% over inflation.

In the 2002 campaign, Lula promised to double the purchasing power of the minimum wage in four years.

When talking about education, the President also cited skewed data on the Budget, saying the area has tripled in expense. In reaching this result, the president ignored the accumulated inflation over the period.

The president also repeated speech heralded by the Ministry of Education according to which 14 federal universities were created during his administration. Of these, only five are in fact new. The others are the result of expansion, merger or break-up of educational institutions that already existed.

When talking about poverty, the president said he had promoted "greater social mobility of all time."

There are no statistics that cover periods more remote, but Sonia Rocha study published in 2000 by IPEA (Institute of Applied Economic Research) estimated that the proportion of poor in the 1970s was nearly halved, from 68.3% to 35.3%.

Using another methodology, the researcher Marcelo Neri of FGV, estimated the drop in the participation of Class D and E in the population of 55% in 2003 to 39% in 2009.

In addition to list of deeds of the government, Lula said the Brazilian managed to chase away "the wave of failure that hung over the country."

"If we governed well, was mainly because we've got rid of the trend that made elitist political leaders of this great country to rule for only a third of the population," he said, criticising his predecessors.

Lula also urged Brazilians to support Dilma as they supported him and to do not ask him about his future. In an emotional tone, says he will live "the life of the streets."

The speech was recorded on Monday in the library of the presidential palace. The speech was written by publicist John Santana, who campaigned for Dilma, revised by Minister Franklin Martins (Communication) and Lula himself, who also gave some suggestions.

Good riddance.
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