This is great.
The Brazilian Congress and Senate, and also every one of the public elected offices, are costly. A UN study put Brazil's representatives as the 2nd
or 3rd most costly in a one-time worldwide survey. They cost millions per year, while the minimum wage is $4000/year (today). So there is a great gulf
between classes. The politicians usually only dedicate themselves to being insiders to the political power, which is easy when you can manipulate the
media. The media today is alarmed, but it's not looking at the big picture, with a critical view.
The population are directing their frustration towards the public offices. Mayor's House, Governor's House, local Assemblies, all were attacked.
Even a Sub-Mayor's office was targeted today in São Paulo, which has 31 Sub-Mayors. A mayor in Juazeiro had to be escorted by the police after being
cornered by over 8,000 people, a great part teachers, demanding better wages and work conditions
). The money that should
be directed to education is often diverted to the pockets of politicians and their associates. So there is a great popular feeling that we're just
fed up! And even if the bus fares go down, we'll keep protesting, because change is needed!
We also have a great problem in Brazil which is illiteracy. Unlike Cuba and Venezuela, we have not been able to seriously lower illiteracy. Public
schools have students over 13, 14, who barely learned how to read. That is, if they stay in class because there's barely enough money to have a good
blackboard and chalk sticks. So many people are uninformed about what goes on with their tax money, which is a great burden upon the people. Meanwhile
the richest people in Brazil can park their money in Miami, in the Bahamas, in Europe and other countries, assisted by the international banking
cartel that can solve any problem... There is strong evidence of insider profits from privatization, and we still don't have open oversight of the
contracts involved in the World Cup. The costs are bigger than the biggest social equality programs, Bolsa Familia, a worldwide example of pulling
people out of poverty while stimulating education, but while Bolsa Familia is accepted, the World Cup's infrastructure plans do not represent the
true needs of the cities. They will help the logistics of a huge event, but they will build infrastructure that does not assess the true mobility
needs of the cities, while postponing or even going over previous projects that could do so.
It's a pretty big mess. But now the people are on the streets discussing these issues. This is a pretty open opportunity to open the eyes of the
population to the reality of the political power and to their own power to change it...