Friday, July 02, 2010

LULA

"What Lula wants for Brazil is what we used to call the American Dream." (time)c

In 2010, Time magazine declared that Lula da Silva is the most influential person in the world. (Brazil's Lula Most Influential.)

Lula's working life began at age 12 as a shoeshine boy.

At age 19, he "lost" the little finger on his left hand in an accident while working as a press operator in a car parts factory.

He had to try several hospitals before he got help.

At age 25, his wife Maria died, along with their child, because they couldn't afford decent medical care. (time.com)N)

It was in 2003 that Lula da Silva became president of Brazil.

Brazil by JAIRO BD Jairo

Under Lula, the number of people living in poverty in Brazil has fallen by 20m, from 49.5m (or 28.5% of the total) in 2003 to 29m (16% of the total) in 2008. (In Lula's footsteps)

The income of the poorest 10% of the population has been growning at 8% a year, while that of the richest tenth has been growing at only 1.5% a year.

Lula raised the minimum wage by two-and-a-half times.

This has not destroyed jobs.
(In Lula's footsteps)

13m new jobs in the formal economy have been created since 2003.

12m people in rural areas have gained access to electricity, and another programme provides subsidised housing for the poor.

12m of the poorest Brazilian families get a monthly sum of up to $111, paid to mothers provided they keep their children in school and take them for health checks.

So, Brazil becomes more like a First World country, while the USA and UK become more like banana republics?