Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2019

Brazil: Economy is good, but Justice is bad

By Carlo Barbieri

The current Brazilian government has managed to reform the pension and is beginning to rehearse 2 other important reforms: Public Administration and Tax.

Inflation remains low, falling below target, employment starts to grow and confidence improves at various levels.

The positions of the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, are strong, logical and sensible.

In other ministries, such as Mines and Energy, Science and Technology, Education, among others, they are well run with serious and competent people in charge.

No issues of corruption have been posed in these first 10 months of government, which has been carrying out its tasks with determination.

The minister of justice, without support from the political power, however, has been losing the battle to fight against corruption crimes.

The Federal Supreme Court has caused damage by fighting corrupt politicians and corrupt businessmen who have taken the Brazilian state by storm in the last 24 years and worsened in the last 16.

The Supreme Court, made up of people who are mostly committed to their nominating politicians, is trying to secure the impunity of those who have stolen the public coffers, the pension funds of state-owned companies, and state-owned companies themselves.

The impudence of the Supreme Court, in addition to usurping the functions of the executive, hindering appointments and actions of the presidency, also did so with regard to the National Congress, legislating on matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the legislature, which do not argue because it has its members more corrupt, benefiting from the STF’s limitation on investigations and convictions.

This house has now reached the absurdity of bringing the investigations themselves for them to assess,  giving verdicts and punishing, occupying functions that they are not responsible for, but, in doing so, it limits the actions of lower level judges to perform their duties.

This legal insecurity has halted the economic recovery and encouraged, with the certainty of impunity, that the corrupt old foxes come out again, demanding the end of their imprisonment, and trying to bring Brazil to a new economic and social chaos.

The population has elected a government to carry out reforms and end impunity, but the unelected Supreme Court has no respect for the probity so desired by the people who feel betrayed in their rights to an honorable and progressive homeland.

After so many street demonstrations, without practical results, the population is sulking, saddened and unmotivated.

There is more hope in Divine power than in the public men of the Brazilian nation.

About the Author

- My name is Carlo Barbieri, an entrepreneur, civic activist and a leader of many organizations associated with Brazil. A native of Brazil myself, I am currently the CEO of Oxford Group, a firm composed of many international consulting and trading companies. I am also a founding member of the Brazilian Business Group and founding member and Past President of the Brazil Club. In addition, I serve as a Board member of the Deerfield Chamber of Commerce. I have served as a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Brazil Partnership. Past President of the Rotary Club – Boca Raton West for the 2014-2015 term, I have also been Vice President and Professor of 2Grow – Human Development. An Ambassador of Barry University in Brazil, I am the former President of the Black Fire Bull Steak House. I have also presided over a number of organizations such as the Brazilian Association of Trading Companies (ABECE), Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil-Australia Chamber of Commerce, Brazil-Dominican Republican Chamber of Commerce; director of the Trade Center of the State of São Paulo, Brazilian Association of Freight Forwarders and Brazilian Association of Banks. I was also a local Council member for the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, for the 2013-2017 term.

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