Temer, who led the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff, gave his first public speech — which was riddled with contradictions.
From his disparaging comments regarding the government’s successful social programs to his false claims regarding the economic benchmarks reached in the course of the past 12 years, teleSUR explains how Temer’s inaugural speech jarred with the reality of the social gains achieved under the successive Workers’ Party administrations of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil.
1. We all know Brazil is a poor country …
According to the country’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), during the 2004-2014 period Brazil reduced poverty by 63 percent.
Social indicators have said if the country is able to maintain the same rate of reduction of extreme poverty and income inequality as recorded during that period, the country may record an absolute poverty rate of 4 percent in the next few years.
2. We’ll finish with the bad habit of “government does everything” …
He considers a “bad habit” the fact that Dilma Rousseff’s government prioritized public investment, developing a total of five social programs that allowed 40 million Brazilians to jump from lower class to middle class.
3. Brazil needs to guarantee employment …
Since the Workers Party has been in power — first with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) and later with President Rousseff — more than 20.8 million job positions have been created, according to official figures.
5. We must rescue the international credibility of Brazil
Brazil was the only Latin American country member of the BRICS, an association of five major emerging national economies. Furthermore, the South American “giant” is the largest national economy in Latin America, the world’s eighth largest economy at market exchange rates and the seventh largest in purchasing power parity (PPP), according to the International Monetary Fund and the World Ban