Buenos Aires Weather | For Cristina, the economic crisis is not a priority

Politicians all over the world are in a nervous mood. With hard times fast approaching, neither they nor anyone else knows what could be done to stop people from blaming them for what lies ahead. When they see what just happened in Sri Lanka, where huge crowds hounded the president and prime minister before making the most of the amenities available in their opulent residences, they tremble and wonder if something similar could happen to them.

There are no simple answers to the questions they face; politicians enjoy life when there are plenty of funds available and become resentful when told they are exhausted. In the UK, one of the two finalists in the Conservative knockout competition, Rishi Sunak, is sternly warning that taxes must stay high or inflation will skyrocket, while his opponent, Liz Truss, wants lower them so people have more money in their pockets. , smart phones, bank accounts or wherever they keep it.

Similar arguments are playing out in most other countries, but they are unlikely to lead anywhere. It will take time for economies that effectively shut down when the pandemic raged and then began to be battered by war in Eastern Europe, which rapidly drove up energy prices, to be able to provide people with the goods and services they rely on. . Even trying to explain that is enough to make a politician look like a heartless stingy.

In Argentina, the leather hell wing of the Kirchnerite movement is all about crushing the wealthy and what remains of the middle class because it needs money to pay its own activists what they think ‘they deserve and fund the social programs that help them get the votes they need, while opposition leaders say taxes need to be slashed so businesses big and small can do their jobs. Both are right; without high taxes, millions will struggle desperately to survive, but unless they are reduced, the productive side of the economy will crumble under their weight.

In a better-ordered country, fiscal policy would be at the top of the government’s agenda, but when it comes to Alberto Fernández, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the others, what Argentina needs most right now is c is an in-depth judicial reform. If the circumstances were different, their obsessive interest in the privacy of influential magistrates could be seen as reflecting a healthy understanding that Argentina’s plight is the result of the contempt that far too many people feel for simple legality, but, well, sure, that’s not the case. What Alberto and Cristina are praying for is that things in this department stay the way they always have been. The last thing they want is honest justice which, by bringing Argentina closer to the Scandinavian countries and modern Germany they say they admire and would like to emulate, would make their lives much harder.

If it is possible that they really think that these northern lands are better than the alternatives and that it would be great if Argentina could be more like them, for that it would have to undergo an ethical revolution which, even if it would end by benefiting a large number of people, would be extremely unpleasant for crooked politicians. In Finland or Denmark, the kind of behavior that allowed Cristina to rise to the top and then stay there would surely have landed her in prison.

If pressed, most Argentines will say that in their opinion corruption is wrong and should not be tolerated, but the truth is that few are so troubled by it. Time and time again, a majority has been more than happy to vote for politicians widely known to lag behind but supposed to be able to govern more effectively than their rivals, an attitude that was summed up by the memorable sonorous phrase, ” ele rouba mas faz” (he steals but gets things done) that a Brazilian used in the 1950s to describe what voters thought of famous Sao Paulo boss Adhemar de Barros and why they voted for him. A man himself, he did not object to what his opponents considered a mortal insult, for he knew it helped him by attributing to him the ability to make things better despite his quaint personal weaknesses.

Zealous Kirchnerians are kleptocrats who clearly believe that their leader’s willingness to appropriate large sums of public money, supplemented by whatever the business community had to offer, is a minor matter when measured by over the immense benefits they believe she has bestowed on the country, while some devotees may truly believe that Cristina is a scrupulously honest woman who has never – well, almost never – put her finger on what whether it wasn’t hers, presumably most are well aware that she’s used to grabbing anything in sight. It’s hard to say exactly how much she, her relatives and cronies have managed to raise through illicit means since Néstor Kirchner took over Santa Cruz in 1971. Some suspect it runs into the billions of dollars. They may be exaggerating, but there is little doubt that several millions have been diverted into their coffers.

To get away without ransacking the country, the Kirchnerians would have had to govern it with considerable efficiency. Here and in many other parts of the world, politicians are allowed to keep whatever they can get their hands on if the people think they are doing a decent job. Unfortunately for Cristina, she didn’t keep up with her end of this unspoken bargain. Thanks in large part to his efforts, Argentina now enjoys a country risk rating that some say is worse than Ukraine’s.

Cristina is as aware as anyone that her personal fate will depend almost entirely on how the rest of the population behaves in the months to come. That’s why she keeps throwing tantrums and lashing out at government officials who come to her attention and, of course, the four Supreme Court justices. With backing for her downfall week after week, she fears more prosecutors and judges are starting to feel confident enough to sentence her to a long prison term for her many wrongdoings after letting her spend her day in court. . The evidence against her is certainly overwhelming. She says herself that the courts have prepared a guilty verdict and may have already signed it, probably because she knows that, given what is in the public domain, and all that happens when the official procedure is engaged, there is simply no way she can extricate herself.

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