Brazil’s Luiz “Lula” da Silva & Dilma Rousseff = Obama & Clinton

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We witness Obama’s relentless attacks on Trump, even while standing beside a foreign leader, and the media cannot help itself. The first President on the way out the door to ever insinuate himself into a Presidential election not only gets a pass, he gets rationalizations from the MSM.  His desperation to prevent an unravelling of his Administration’s dictates, Obamacare and the contamination of government agencies, discharges volumes of arrogant fiction in the waning days of his Presidency. He knows the Clintons and he knows they will leave his explosion of government, his movement toward socialism, his ‘legacy,’ intact.



Obama also knows that his brand of crony capitalism, of benefit to the ‘connected and bought,’ will continue and he will reap the benefits just as the Clintons have since Bill left office. The private Clinton piggybank has raised some $2 billion. Did it matter how, or from whom, or who it harmed?  Not to any member of the MSM, and apparently not to those who bought the lies. Foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, who contributed to the Clinton billions, were also lobbying the State Department.  The Clinton / Giustra / Kazakhstan / Russia complex deals alone should be enough evidence of the Clinton mindset, Clinton morals, and Clinton patriotism.  In a world where the media is now principally composed of unquestioning, uninterested, and underpaid negligence, no, it is not enough evidence.  But what about the Clinton / Giustra / Columbia deal? Nope, not enough.  OK then, would the Clinton / Chagoury / Nigeria deal be sufficient evidence?  Apparently not.  So there’s no point bringing up Haiti.

Obama is supposedly passing the baton to Clinton.  What kind of baton? A baton of many stripes, one of which is socialism. A continuation of bloating government with promises of expending redistribution of cash — promises that are never kept because they cannot be.  Ask the members of the Labour Force Participation, the lowest rate since the ‘70s, ask those tens of millions who are unemployed or underemployed about socialist redistribution.  But don’t ask the senior bankers and CEOs of the largest corporations,  . . . it’s all good for them and their bought-and-paid-for pols.

With the opening of the Olympics in the financial and social disaster that is Brazil, our “socialism baton passing” reminds us of the baton passing from Luiz da Silva to Dilma Rousseff.  Both are currently sitting on the side-lines, not even attending the Olympic opening ceremonies.  Da Silva had begun as rabble-rousing community organizer and eventually became President of South America’s largest economy, promoting government largess and cash redistribution. His socialist creed worked beautifully to place him in the President’s office.  Greed and no push-back from Brazilian media or anyone of substance, found him dipping into oil and gas revenues to the tune of billions of dollars. Da Silva and his cronies treated Petrobras as a personal piggybank. Petrobras is one of the world’s largest energy companies, controlling major energy assets in sixteen countries and is majority controlled by the Brazilian government.  He also succumbed to the lure of cash from construction company deals with his government.

 Dilma Rousseff & Luiz Lula da Silva


During his ousting in 2010, da Silva narcissistically blamed everyone else and claimed that Brazil’s poor would be the losers. Like Obama, he cared little for the poorest members of society and did nothing for them.  He knew how to “take,” but knew little about stimulating the entrepreneurial spirit in his country. Socialists don’t know, don’t understand, and don’t care.  He knew who to blame, however, being capable with blaming, the global economic crisis on white people with blue eyes and said it was wrong that black and indigenous people should pay for white people’s mistakes.”   Redirecting attention, . . . sound familiar?

He passed the baton to Dilma Rouseff who then gave him ‘protection’ by giving him a position as chief of staff and therefore providing him with special judicial standing (protection) in Brazil.  Rousseff maintained the da Silva tradition and legacy – fraud seems the only thing she knows. Today, Rouseff is heading toward impeachment. Though she is being accused of using state funds to illegally cover budget shortfalls, she just happens to also have been Chair of Petrobras while $3 billion was fraudulently siphoned. And how’s this for irony, . . . the ruling “Workers Party” leaders took hundreds of millions of dollars.   Detroit’s unemployed workers should know how that feels. As Brazil struggles with a morality and identity crisis, and 30 million of its citizens are living in abject poverty, S&P slashed its rating to a hair above junk status.

Brazil criss-crossed the lines of separation between Politics and Corporate interests. It provided an ideal sample of crony capitalism’s outcome.  Today the media blame it’s state on “mismanagement” as being the prime “issue,” refusing to acknowledge the potential of obscene corruption under socialist despotic tyranny — hardly “mismanagement“.

America is sliding into a similar jumbled mess of corrupted bureaucracy and blurred lines between politics, and business, with the past eight years accelerating the descent.

The baton cannot be allowed to pass from Obama to Clinton.  The deterioration must be stopped and the slide into socialism must end here.

A constituent of the vast baby boomer generation with a career which has been fortunate to know the ponderous corporate worlds, as well as the intimately pressurized, and invigorating entrepreneurial domains of high tech and venture capital, I have harvested my share of mistakes meandering through corridors of enterprise from Silicon Valley, to London and endless, colourful, sometimes praetorian points in between. The voyage has provided an abundance of fodder for a pen yielding to an inquisitive keyboard, a foraging mind, and a passionate spirit. Whether political or business or social or economic or personal, is it not all political? It is a privilege to write, and an even greater privilege to be read by anyone, and sometimes with the wind at my back the writing may occasionally be legible. I do not write to invite scorn, nor to invite respect, but if I get really lucky the writing can stimulate thinking. I also write for the very selfish purpose of animating my own processes, and engaging the best of what life offers. Above all, whether biting fire or swatting shadows, I am grateful to be gifted the freedom to write and publish whatever flows down to the keyboard. To all those who enabled this freedom, and to all those standing guard to preserve it, I am indebted.

3 Responses to “Brazil’s Luiz “Lula” da Silva & Dilma Rousseff = Obama & Clinton”

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    It was the left who spoke most loudly about Citizens United and unlimited corporate political donations which the right equated with free speech

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    @john: Of course, there are political donations and then there are political donations. Hollywood and the big networks provide an endless stream of leftist propaganda and doctored news every day. Corporate advertising is a drop in the ocean in comparison. As far as “official” political money goes, there are more left leaning corporate interests and big money sources like unions than there are right leaning contributors.

    And let’s not forget the influence of leftist-owned social media giants like Twitter, Google and Facebook who insinuate themselves into as many political conversations as they can by filtering out all non-leftist voices. The left can only survive with ideas like freedom, individuality and competition silenced.

    When Joe McCarthy lost the battle, the subversives won the war.

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