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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon asks his readers to put yourselves in President Dilma’s shoes and ponder what you would do if you were President now. You know your political support has almost vanished. You know your economic austerity program (which you personally loathe) has no chance of success without that support.

Except for one thing. You know that, if you revert to the corrupt spoils system begun by President Lula back in year 2002, you might, just might, survive the next three years in office.

Once elected, Lula took several steps to ensure . . .

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