Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Am I going to Disney &/or How Much is a Parasite Worth of in Brazil?!














 


The Delirious Paulo Guedes (montage A/Z); 
The  Economist/Kal's cartoon (on Bolsonaro &  Covid-19); 
Bennet's cartoon on Brazilian restaurant chain Grupo Madero (whose owner dismissed Covid-19 related deaths while arguing against quarantine measures);
Economist Eduardo Moreira & Brazilian politician Ciro Gomes on the paltry and inadequate nature of Bolsonaro (dis)government's economic measures to deal with the Covid-19 crisis in Brazil;
Humorist Fernando Caruso's proposal to solve Covid-19 related economic problems in Brazil; 
Oxfam/Douglas Belchior/Mônica de Bolle/ on Covid-19 & Brazilian shameful inequality; 
Brazil Forum UK 2020 (a debate about the future of Brazil's economy: inequality, minimum income & the perversity of Brazilian tax system); 

"Então defendia-se da morte por intermédio de um viver de menos, gastando pouco de sua vida para esta não acabar. Essa economia lhe dava alguma segurança pois, quem cai, do chão não passa..."
Clarice Lispector (A Hora da Estrela)

"Brazil's Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, receives assistance of more than R$ 8 thousand per month (about 1,830 USD), adding up to R$ 7,733 (about 1,780 USD), housing assistance and R$ 458 (about 104 UCD) of food aid. In addition to the benefits, he receives a salary of R$ 30,9 thousand a month (about 7,703 UCD). The total amount is paid by public coffers." 
"Another report, published on UOL, shows that a group of employees of the Ministry of Economy earned almost R$ 1 million (about 228,900 USD) with bonuses, the so-called jetons, in 2019. The extra funds were added to the salaries. With that, most of them received above the constitutional ceiling, today around R$ 39 thousand (about 8,927 USD), reaching R$ 54 thousand (about 12,361 USD) in one month. "
"The Treasury secretary, Mansueto Almeida, for example, had a paycheck of R$ 54,000 gross last December and R$ 46,000 in October. On average, the jetons boosted the servers' paychecks by 29%, many of them around Minister Paulo Guedes."

"O ministro da economia, Paulo Guedes, recebe auxílio de mais de R$ 8 mil mensais, somando os R$ 7.733, de auxílio moradia e R$ 458 de auxílio-alimentação. Além dos benefícios, ele recebe salário de R$ 30,9 mil por mês. O montante total é pago pelos cofres públicos."
"Outra reportagem, publicada no UOL, mostra que um grupo de servidores do Ministério da Economia ganhou quase R$ 1 milhão com gratificações, os chamados jetons, em 2019. As verbas extras se somaram aos salários. Com isso, a maioria deles recebeu acima do teto constitucional, hoje em torno de R$ 39 mil, chegando a R$ 54 mil em um mês."
"O contracheque do secretário do Tesouro, Mansueto Almeida, por exemplo, foi de R$ 54 mil brutos em dezembro passado e de R$ 46 mil em outubro. Em média, os jetons turbinaram em 29% os holerites dos servidores, muitos dos quais no entorno do ministro Paulo Guedes."

See also:
- "Dados 158 países, só no Brasil parte do empresariado se opõe à quarentena" [Amidst 158 countries, only in Brazil part of business community is against quarantine measures] (Reinaldo Azevedo/UOL, 03/26/2020);
- "Economy Minister Paulo Guedes has faced criticism in the past few weeks after comparing public servants to parasites, appearing to back a weak real and sneering at maids who were able to travel to Disney World thanks to the past strength of the Brazilian currency," "Brazil Economy Chief’s Cringeworthy Remarks Rekindle Reform Push" (Matha Viotti Beck, Simone Preissler Iglesias/Bloomberg, 02/19/2020);
"Guedes' Comments Spark Outrage and Threatens Government Reform Agenda" (Julia Chaib, Gustavo Uribe, Eduardo Cucolo/Folha de São Paulo, 02/14/2020)

And also:
- Inside Job;
Sonatine & the tyranny of evil man;
- Godard's Sympathy for the Devil;
El Estudiante, political movie;
- O galho mais alto de um pau gigante;

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