Opinion: Three “neat, plausible” solutions to finance Brazil’s emergency aid

America’s original Curmudgeon, H.L. Mencken, famously wrote: “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible and wrong.”

Ribeirão Preto, SP – (Opinion) As Brazil’s Executive and Legislative branches debate how much to give to needy citizens, and for how long, the question that no one wants to answer is, “How will we (meaning those of us who pay taxes) finance it?”

Cash payments are popular with voters, and politicians depend on votes to continue in office. President Bolsonaro’s determination to run for re-election in 2022 has forced him to abandon most of his campaign pledges: most notably, his commitment never to engage in the “old politics” where corrupt politicians favor each other’s pet . . .

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