“Rouba mas faz” vs “New Brooms”

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Portuguese part of the title is a shorthand description for politicians who manage to get elected and re-elected because they get popular things done even though they have feathered their own nests, and that of their cronies, with public money. The phrase arose over sixty years ago in the City and State of São Paulo, being first applied to its former Mayor and Governor Adhemar de Barros, who was also a well-voted Federal Deputy.

In later years, both Paulo Maluf and Orestes Quercia were Mayors and Governors in . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.