When a president faces impeachment for hiding economic damage, you wonder why Americans don’t get to do that.
A president faces impeachment, but not in the United States, sadly.
According to BBC,
Brazil is awaiting the outcome of a congressional committee vote – a key step in the process to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.
The 65-member committee will decide whether to recommend impeachment over allegations she manipulated government accounts to hide a growing deficit.
Police in Brazil are preparing for protests in the capital, Brasilia.
A two-metre-high (6.5ft) metal barricade is being built to keep anti- and pro-government protesters apart.
So there are two issues here facing the President.
First, there is a “corruption scandal” involving an “oil giant”—a company deeply embedded in the political class. Unlike President Dilma Rousseff, Barack Obama was never a corporate executive. But he has dipped his hand in all sorts of corporate corruption, from the auto bailout (actually a bailout of some people in Detroit at the expense of jobs elsewhere), Solyndra and other actions in the energy sector, to that massive fraud that is Obamacare.
But people still defend him and only ask if he went “far enough.”
Second, there is the allegation that the president of Brazil manipulated government accounts to hide the growing deficit.
In other words, there is actually a chance of impeaching the President for lying. In our country, lying about the economy and manipulating data (usually, quite unconvincingly) is a bipartisan tradition! When have we ever seen a president get in trouble for fudging numbers?
Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cordozo, speaking for the president at a bad-tempered meeting, condemned the “flawed” process.
“It is absurd to dismiss a president who has not committed crimes, nor stolen a penny. And such a process without crime or fraud, would be a coup,” he said.
But the committee’s head, Jovair Arantes, who last week said there were grounds for the impeachment process to continue, on Monday defended that decision, saying it had been backed by lawyers, economists and the media.
“And the media”!
Somehow, Brazil has a media culture that actually reports on political corruption.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our country had that kind of media?