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Monday, August 14, 2017

Elections 2017 The battle for the soul of Argentina

6:43 PM John Boyle
Two years ago Argentina elected Mauricio Marci as President of Argentina and Maria Vidal as the governor of the province of Buenos Aires . The two most powerful jobs in the country were now in the hands of the Cambiemos (we can Change) party and a disolusioned  population had chosen a new direction. Had Peronism been consigned to history?. Argentina  had elected two people that stood on a platform of Zero tolerance of corruption and that is exactly what they did. The judiciary were no longer afraid and went after the corrupt political henchmen and women of the Peronist movement.
     Of course corruption in Argentina comes with a capital K for Kirchner and what followed the 2015 presidential election has been a tidal wave of corruption charges against most of the previous government. It has seen one former minister  Jose Lopez arrested while trying to hide 9 million dollars in cash and an assault rifle in the grounds of a monestry. And the former president being hauled before the courts and investigations against her  mounting daily. To fend off these multiple investigations she has returned to politics with a vengeance and is desperately trying to become a senator. Why? Because as a senator she would have immunity from prosecution for all the millions that she and government embezzled from Argentina.
    Her route back to power is via the Peronist movement the party of Jaun and Evita Peron.
They have a saying in Argentina that the Peronists love the poor so much they keep creating more of them. An ideology of hand outs that keeps the poor poor and utterly dependent on the next hand out.
Most of them don't know any different and can't imagine any other form of government.
And that's what Cambiemos is up against. Also the Peronists are terrified that they might succeed and people will see there is another way.
    Living in Argentina you feel the country is about 20 years behind the rest of Europe or North America. To get an iPad or IPhone you need to cross into Paraguay or Chile or fly to the USA or Europe. And Peronism cannot or will not see the absurdity in this. They want to return to a protectionist printing press economy where inflation runs riot. And everything is dealt with by printing more money.  In short we would be following down the same path as Venezuela.
A return to Peronism would cause investors to free and capital flight to once again go through the roof . It would condem Argentina to another lost decade.
   John Boyle

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