Gleisi rebuts Guedes and criticizes Bolsonaro’s economy: His time is up

PT president and federal deputy Gleisi Hoffmann countered the criticism of the current Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, to the themes worked on by the transitional government of president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT). Gleisi also criticized the economic policy of the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL), citing the spending ceiling, GDP performance (Gross Domestic Product), inflation, among other indicators.

“Cala boca is already dead, Guedes. Ceiling burst at 800 billion, GDP is 129th in the world ranking, investment 27.3% below the rest of the planet, highest inflation in 27 years, drop in income, precarious employment and the return of hunger. Your time it’s over, go home”, wrote the PT president on Twitter.

Today, in his first speech since the election, Guedes spoke about the spending ceiling and hunger in Brazil. The minister also sought to humanize the Chief Executive.

“40 million people starving, where were these people who didn’t find out before? They were already starving in their government [PT], but we discover the invisible ones. It’s valid to win the election, but you’ve already won, shut up, go to work, go build a better business,” he said at an event hosted by the Ministry of Economy to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Secretariat for Economic Policy.

The 2nd National Survey on Food Insecurity in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Brazil, carried out by the Brazilian Network for Research in Sovereignty and Food and Nutritional Security, demonstrated that the pandemic has aggravated hunger in Brazil.

In 2022, the country has 33.1 million people in this situation of lack of food guarantees, which represents 14 million more Brazilians in food insecurity than in 2020.

In the criticism of the new Lula governmentGuedes said that the Bolsonaro administration launched “the biggest social program there ever was, and with fiscal responsibility”, in reference to Auxílio Brasil — the program is Bolsa Família, which was renamed by Bolsonaro and will now return to its original name.

Spending cap. On Wednesday (16), the transitional government delivered the text of the Transition PEC, a proposal for fiscal space of R$ 200 billion that proposes to leave Bolsa Família outside the spending ceiling to enable the maintenance of social programs and the fulfillment of promises made by Lula during the election campaign – such as raising the minimum wage above inflation, starting in January 2023.

Bolsonaro’s Economy Minister took the opportunity to criticize the idea and stressed the importance of maintaining the rule that controls spending according to inflation. At the same time, he admitted that the current management broke the roof “in exceptional situations where the roof was poorly built”.

If you have a fireplace at home, it’s good to have a chimney, a poorly constructed roof, if the house catches fire, everyone suffocates. The ceiling was poorly built, for example, in 2019, we arrived with a more Brazil mentality to transfer resources to states and municipalities, but we couldn’t because the ceiling burst, poorly built

However, the Bolsonaro government did not open exceptionalities only in 2019. According to a survey carried out by economist Bráulio Borges, a researcher at FGV IBRE (Brazilian Institute of Economics of the Getulio Vargas Foundation) at the request of BBC News Brasil, spending beyond the ceiling throughout of the four years of the current government add up to R$ 794.9 billion.

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