Monday, 23 May 2011

POVERTY: Brazil’s reminder: Anti-poverty programs help

May 17 2011 : Lois Todhunter

I wonder whether members of Congress took a few minutes from their cries of “no new taxes” and slashing budgets for the programs that help the least among us to read the May 12 news story “Booming Brazil’s poverty problem.”
When he was Brazil’s president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva realized a vision of helping the poor, lifting 20 million Brazilians out of poverty through what the story described as “well-funded social programs.” As these 20 million Brazilians become workers and consumers, it is no coincidence that Brazil’s economy and its stature in the world are growing dramatically.

Our highly educated electorate should take a lesson from Mr. da Silva, who had little formal education, and his successor, President Dilma Rousseff, or it will not be long before we will be looking southward to find the superpower of the Americas.

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