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Democrat or Republican?

Roberto Henry Ebelt


Democrat or Republican?

If you lived in the USA, what would you be in respect to politics, a Democrat or a Republican?

If I were asked such question, my answer, without a shadow of doubt, would be a Republican. You want to know the reason, I suppose. Because the Republican Party, founded by Abraham Lincoln, also known as GOP (Grand Old Party) supports most of the aspects that I find good for our society.

First, they defend the idea of a smaller State. The smaller the government, the better it will be for the society.

Second: they support the idea that less tax produces more businesses and, consequently, the government can collect more taxes. This is a point that even the mayor of Canoas (a member of the most important Brazilian leftist party, the Workers Party) is aware of.
In fact, he has already decreased, more than once, the percentage of the Municipal tax known in Brazil as Imposto sobre Serviços de Qualquer Natureza. And the amount of money collected per month, against all odds, has effectively increased.

It is the effect known as "less tax means more money for the collector organ". In this case, the beneficiary was and is the municipality of Canoas. It could be a state, if we had a state governed by a rightist political party. And it could be the Union, if we had a president member of a rightist party.

Anyway, now it doesn't matter whether Serra or Stella, Lulla's protégée, wins the runoff because both are members of leftist parties. Besides that, if you add up the number of Congressmen with a strong leftist bias, they outnumber the rightist Congressmen. The same thing happens in the Brazilian Senate. Consequently, we cannot count on any tax reduction before Brazil produces one or two strong rightist parties. In the meantime, be prepared to pay higher and higher taxes every year. This morning, I read an interview given by my political guru, Olavo de Carvalho, and he simply described our political situation in this manner: There are no rightist parties in Brazil.

Whenever I can, I vote on the candidates of PP, but this party, despite the outstanding victories, in Rio Grande do Sul, of the candidates whose numbers began with the digits that form the number eleven, namely, 111 - Ana Amelia, 1111 – Vilson Covatti and 11,111 - Silvana Covatti, still is a very small party in national terms, and some of its prominent members, in the states that lie above São Paulo, still face problems with the legislation named CLEAN RECORD (ficha limpa).

In his interview, Olavo de Carvalho (www.midiasemmascara.org), tells us that the Brazilian population has a very strong rightist bias, but, due to the fact that we do not have a significant rightist party, Brazilians are compelled to vote either on the candidates of the Workers Party or on the candidates of PSDB, another leftist party. Do you remember who transformed an innocent and insignificant tax known as COFINS into a true nightmare for entrepreneurs and consumers? Our beloved president Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
The result of the referendum, says Olavo, regarding the possession of fire guns, the support of an expressive percentage of the Brazilian population to the death penalty and other positions of the Brazilian society, clearly show that Brazilians have a very strong rightist bias in respect to culture, moral and behavior (behavior means mores, both in Latin and in English – in Portuguese: costumes, comportamento).

Due to the fact that we do not have a strong rightist party, people simply vote either on the candidates of PT or PMDB. He also says that it is about to time to create in Brazil a significant rightist party, a true option for the electors who do not feel comfortable to be forced to elect leftist candidates one election after the other; he says and I agree with him completely to the fact that we need a party to support not only a free market, but a life style as well.



Have a nice weekend.

Tags: Roberto Henry Ebelt, inglês, eleições

Roberto Henry Ebelt é professor, escritor, escreveu uma coluna semanal para o Jornal do Comércio de Porto Alegre entre 2001 e 2013, e é diretor do curso HENRY'S BUSINESS ENGLISH desde 1971.

Seu mais recente livro, O QUE VOCÊ DEVE SABER ANTES DE ESTUDAR INGLÊS, pode ser encontrado nas livrarias Disal, Cultura e SBS ou à rua Hoffmann, 728 em Porto Alegre.

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