Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This week’s news, and that of the next few weeks, will be concerned with the “mensalão” scandal and the Brazilian Supreme Court’s conducting the trial. The Curmudgeon will ask a few questions and answer most (but not all) of them.
Q: What was the mensalão?
A: According to the prosecution, the mensalão was a scheme whereby a gang of elected politicians and their racketeering private citizen cronies, took public money and distributed it to political parties in exchange for votes in favor of government proposals . . .