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Response to forest444 (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 20, 2015, 09:08 PM

4. Thanks so much for the info!

I can understand any decent president of Argentina's concern about Argentine businesses' ability to compete (honestly, without tax cheating and predatory speculation). I'm not sure that makes such a president "pro-business"; rather, it makes him or her "pro-Argentina," it seems to me, or, at least, "pro-Argentina" IF policies include fairness to workers and robust social programs--pro-people policies.

In THIS country, the corporate/billionaire-funded Democratic leaders are not just "pro-business" but are, by and large, pro-transglobal corporate predator, while 'playing possum' when it comes to fairness to workers and social programs. For instance, they allow the far right to dictate the political discussion of programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and then pretend to be our 'saviors' by simply keeping these programs alive--alive but constantly looted and eroded--such as the Social Security checks of the elderly getting gouged for a big Medicare 'premium" (even though workers have paid into both funds all their lives); or, they lament the onerous debt that students endure for college (when they remember even to mention it), but offer only palliatives--slight mitigations--rather than re-establishing FREE public education (as it was in the 1950s-60s) and driving the banksters out of the system. This fits nicely with the rightwing horror of altogether destroying public education.

I know that Left really means Left in South America these days (more or less)--unlike here where the Left has been usurped by the Corporate Democrats, and has been vigorously suppressed by the Corporate Media--so I PRESUME that the heir to Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez Kirchner (i.e., Scioli) is a strong and genuine supporter of social programs. Is he? And if not, is there a movement to the Left of him (and them)? I guess what I'm asking is, is the usurpation of the Left (by Corporatists) in progress there?

Sounds like Scioli's choice of Silvinia Batakis is a good sign, that the Left is still the Left in Argentina (representing the interests of the poor majority, including the interests of small, medium and local business people). Do you think this is true?

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