While real Brazil counts its 14 million unemployed, Brazil’s politicians, in Brasilia, discuss the expenditures for the 2018 elections. Since the fall of Rousseff, because of disastrous management and several billions of dollars of losses because corruption, real Brazil has been showing increasing signs of decline.
But fictional Brazil seems blind to the signals coming from factories, schools, public health, roads, monuments, environmental preservation and public safety, all in ruins.
During the last three years, Brazilians participated in a macabre festival of corruption allegations. The companies that flourished during the years of the Workers’ Party government, and which became the richest political party thanks to the favors of the administration, revealed the true reason for its success: gratuities, bribery and corruption along with the political class.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is being transformed into a new Caracas, the most dangerous city in the world, or perhaps an Al-Fallujah, land without law and without owner. The state does not even have to pay the salaries of the police. The borders of Brazil with Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru, where drug smuggling comes from, will have the police reduced due to lack of funds to maintain vigilance.
The media announces new budget cuts every day affecting essential services such as health, education, food, investments in key research, public safety, preservation of the environment and indigenous lands, medicines for the elderly, children, the sick with cancer and AIDS.
The collapse of the State is noticed everywhere. But politicians are more concerned about their own future and with the denunciations of the Federal Police and the General Attorney’s office. Their great effort is to block the Car Wash operation and others derived from it.
In the midst of this chaotic picture, the House of Representatives, in its fictional world, is discussing a public funding of 3,5 billion Reais (about US$ 1,11 bln) for the 2018 election campaign. The surreal number was based on expenditures in the 2014 elections, a year in which big companies, linked to corrupt parties, turned over billions of Reais stolen from Petrobras, BNDES and other public companies, the same ones that caused the current crisis.
Meanwhile, the real Brazil seems asleep or anesthetized in the face of so much chaos.