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26  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: May 05, 2016, 07:23:43 am
Speaker and gangster Eduardo Cunha (PMDB-RJ) is suspended of his term as Congressman, then of Speakership, by a monocratic decision by Minister Zavascki. Supreme Court didn't say anything for 141 days, time more of enough to him command a coup d'etat with traitor and conspirator Michel Temer (PMDB).
A fun note: Temer lost his political rights for 8 years after donating more than legal limit (10 % of personal yield of year before election).
27  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: April 25, 2016, 07:14:37 pm
The idea of polling-- surveying, really-- the legislature strikes me as rather novel, at least from an American context.

Even if Dilma is considering new elections, there still isn't a mechanism under which they could be held, right?


If a PEC - Amendment to the constitution pass, it could happen. But it could be contested in supreme tribunal.

And there is a chance that both she and Temer would resign, but she has to combine with the russians (in this case, Temer and all the opposition).
Brazilian law respects too much "vested right". Then if Temer doesn't accept new elections, he can go to Supreme Court to strike down it. But this is very unlikely, as this needs to be approved by 3/5 of National Congress, in 2 votes in each House.
28  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: April 24, 2016, 03:56:17 pm
Is there any chance the wonderful Jair Bolsonaro makes it a second round?

I'm not actually sure that's even a desirable outcome (since I'd rather the top two contenders compete for his support).

You're supportive of a literal apologist for tyrants and torturers? The guy who dedicated his impeachment vote to the guy who was in charge of torturing the current president?
Bolsonaro is so dumb that Ustra didn't torture Dilma.
29  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics - Version 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24) on: April 24, 2016, 03:14:41 pm
Or in other words:

Of the 43% who voted Griss/Hundstorfer/Khol and Lugner today, 56% disapprove of the government job.

But Hofer just needs 35% of this pool of 43% to get to 50%+ in the runoff ...
You need to remember that Greens aren't in government.
Some Griss voters were tactical voters to stop VdB. But I believe that VdB will win due to higher turnout.
30  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: April 24, 2016, 01:00:29 pm
Is there any chance the wonderful Jair Bolsonaro makes it a second round?

I'm not actually sure that's even a desirable outcome (since I'd rather the top two contenders compete for his support).
Brazil's party system imploded. Bolsonaro made an agreement with Pastor Everaldo, PSC's chairman that he'll be the candidate if he gets more than 10% in polls. He can get it, but I doubt that he gets in runoff, unless PSDB implodes in multiples candidates and left-wing gets competitive candidates. I think that his ceiling in 1st round is 20%.
31  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: April 24, 2016, 12:26:59 pm
Do you think Serra might try to run again? He and Geraldo are well past their expiration dates, even if they are both pretty good, but they clearly both want the job.
PSDB-SP is in civil war between Alckmin and Serra factions. Then Serra is supporting Temer believing that he can jump to PMDB to get presidential nomination. Alckmin is in fear of having a powerful PMDB to oppose him in São Paulo politics.
But a surprise can happen as Henrique Meirelles (PSD) is now the favourite to be Minister of Treasury. He met Temer along Romero Jucá (eternal Government Leader in Senate and acting President of PMDB) and former minister Gilberto Kassab (PSD). He asked full control of economic policy to accept.
32  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Serbian parliamentary elections - April 24 2016 on: April 24, 2016, 08:41:08 am
President Nikolic who started as a standy-by for Seselj is now leading catch-all Serbian Progressive Party. Old pro-european parties are now in a very bad state.
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: April 23, 2016, 09:40:46 am
Wow, surprised the traffic light coalition actually went through.
Actually, Kurt Beck opted for FDP than Greens as coalition partner. Then RP FDP knows how to work with SDP.
34  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: April 19, 2016, 06:45:15 pm
Pro-Dilma coalition is basically PT. PC do B, PDT and some parts of PR (Valdemar da Costa Neto). And NE governors helped a lot in getting some anti-impeachment votes. Maranhao governor Flavio Dino (PC do B) worked a lot to get pro-Dilma votes, while Roseana Sarney that got all suport from Lula worked against Dilma because she's in very difficult situation.
35  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Peruvian presidential election – April 10, 2016 on: April 10, 2016, 07:06:28 pm
Congressional elections show that much of Mendoza votes are Keiko loan votes looking for a weaker candidate in runoff. PPK coalition is more coherent, but he gained a lot of loan votes. And Acuña is a kingmaker with 11 seats. Mendoza in runoff probably will stay neutral as PPK is the candidate of traditional Peruvian oligarchy and Keiko has all of Fujimori baggage.
36  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Armenia/Azerbaijan on: April 03, 2016, 07:33:19 pm
Oil prices are one of reasons for this escalation. Azerbaijani regime needs to get people on their side during times of economic crisis. Then they need to go to war to recover some support.
37  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Peruvian presidential election – April 10, 2016 on: April 01, 2016, 09:21:41 pm
Garcia + Flores are in a very shameful position for people who get a good voting in last two Presidential elections.
Mendoza's problem is that she would get smashed at any runoff. Maybe she get some loan voters from KF in order to put weaker candidate in runoff.
New poll by Voxpopuli http://larepublica.pe/impresa/politica/755759-alfredo-barnechea-empata-segundo-lugar-con-kuczynski-en-encuesta-de-vox-populi
Keiko: 31.2%
Kuczynski: 14.1%
Barnechea: 12.9%
Mendoza: 10.9%
Garcia: 7.3%
Runoff scenarios
PPK vs. KF: 47.1% to 35.9%
AB vs. KF: 44.6% to 39.1%
KF vs. VM: 41.9% to 37.6%  
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: March 23, 2016, 07:30:54 pm
Ciro is a strange kind of politician. He gained fame as able administrator along Tasso Jereissati who remains in PSDB. But Ciro always had a bad temper and an autocratic personality. And he always left parties when he clashed with party barons.
He called Vice President Temer as "Captain of Coup". His brother left Dilma's cabinet after he called Speaker Cunha of "racketeer" and about Congress being made of "300, 400 rackeeters". His campaign strategy is to beat hard in corrupt pragmatic parties like PMDB and promise more left-wing economic policies, to look like as heir of PT.
39  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2016 Slovakia General Election, March on: March 20, 2016, 05:15:06 pm
Fico is Slovakian Bibi...
40  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: March 19, 2016, 08:32:18 pm
What is also interesting is that the ebb and flow of the Brazil equity markets as well as the value of BRL seems to be driven by international investors going in and out depending on the likelihood of  Dilma being out.  The basic idea seems to be that if Dilma is out then the focus of the government can shift to fixing structural problems versus Dilma using fiscal policy to prop up her regime.  Not sure if Dilma  is out it will play out that way but that how the market and mainly international investors are playing.   

That's exactly what investors are thinking. The thing is, they believe whoever takes office if/when Dilma is out will NOT run for reelection in 2018, so they believe whoever takes office would be willing to go through unpopular austerity measures to heal Brazil's fiscal policy.

Remember, there's even a chance that both Dilma AND Temer could fall in a few months. If this happens after December 31st 2016, then an indirect election would be triggered in an unicameral session of the Congress. Then, the Congress would probably handpick an "elder statesman" who wouldn't run for reelection in 2018 and who would be willing to go through all necessary measures to repair Brazil's economy. In fact, I've already heard that Nelson Jobim (PMDB/RS) is a name being ventilated for this scenario. Jobim is a former Supreme Court Justice that was also on FHC's, Lula's and Dilma's cabinet. He'd probably tick all the necessary boxes for the job.

What measures would those be?

Immediately:

1 - reducing the debt by reducing unnecessary spending, reducing the number of cabinet positions and reducing the number of federal public servants,
2 - reforming the Constitution to reduce mandatory spending (Brazil has a bizarre public spending system where about 90% of all public spending is mandatory and cannot be blocked during a situation of crisis),
3 - cutting down absurd regulations and interventions created by Dilma that made investors flee the country.

With those 3 measures we'd be able to restore confidence and a balanced budget by 2018 IMO. Those should also be enough to bring back the inflation to its targeted rate of 4,5%. On the long term, though, more reforms would be needed, like:

4 - Welfare/pensions reform (the toughest one due to the political implications of this, this is probably the most important one, as Brazil's welfare system has a hole of over 100 billion reais)
5 - Tax reform (very tricky because there's a huge war between the federal government, states governments and local governments about this one)
6 - Government procurement reform (vital to cut down the corruption on the public service)
7 - Privatizations (Brazil has over 100 state owned companies, some of them running huge deficits).
Problem is following:
1 - We can reduce debt, but not cutting public services. we can make better use of technology, create better procedures, but not at cost of a public service.
2 - Mandatory spending is a thing that insures that money will go to things that are needed. Things that we can question is quality of expenses. And systems of control failures.
3 - Dilma made this attempt when things were looking good. Energy reform became a failure after water crisis (Brazilian system is made of water-moved power plant)
4 - Welfare reform is needed, but a human welfare reform, that doesn't cut acquired rights. One example. Rural benefits (not Bolsa Familia) are very important means of giving resources to survival in poorer regions. But I don't support military benefits for single daughters who lives as common-law wives or widow benefits for younger wives with a large age gap with their husbands. We need to recognize a system good for a contemporary world.
5 - Tax reform is hardest duty. Nobody will do a tax reform in a federative country that has one state with 20% of people (São Paulo). Small reforms would be viable.
6 - Procurement reform is a good way. Have more independent control procedures, more citizenship acting than conflicts. People doesn't know how things function and then corrupts can act free. And even Audit Court is having problems in Lava Jato.
7 - Sell Petrobras, Eletrobras, BB, Caixa, and etcetera. And then do what? Become hostages of oligopolies, financial markets, stock exchanges. Phone companies were sold, but they are with most problems with Justice. Government is with part of blame, but I doubt that this will change with PSDB.

Free market won't solve Brazilian problems alone, but D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y is best solution. Political reforms will help more to fight corruption than illegal wiretappings, political gossips, censorship of thinking and pro-business reforms. This coup is a coup of corrupts wanting to survive.
41  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: guido westerwelle is dead on: March 19, 2016, 01:22:23 am
R.I.P. to most unpopular Vizekanzler. Biggest mistake to not go traffic light in 2005.
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: BREAKING: Jon Huntsman accuses Mitt Romney of CORRUPTION in Cruz endorsement on: March 18, 2016, 10:20:46 pm
Two things that look suspicious:
Are Romney and Leavitt working to give TRUMP an embarassing 3rd place in UT than a Cruz landslide? Or they are working already to a so brokered convention that will enforce Romney as candidate. Or they know that TRUMP nomination is the only way for GOP to victory...
And other question: What's the reason that Mormon establishment loves more MI-MA Romney than  UT Huntsman? Only because Obama ambassadorship?
43  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Millennials would flock to Clinton in Hillary v. Trump GE on: March 18, 2016, 08:32:21 pm
I don't think that. Millenials in multicultural regions can break for Hillary, but Trump anti-establishment populism can attract some of them.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SCOTUS nominee expected as early as this morning EDIT: looks like it's Garland on: March 16, 2016, 04:53:40 pm
They need to get him through the Judiciary Committee first.



The US Senate's Judiciary Committee, which Justice Garland will need a majority of to even go before the Senate Floor:

 Republicans (11)
•Chuck Grassley, Iowa, Chair
•Orrin Hatch, Utah
•Jeff Sessions, Alabama
•Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
•John Cornyn, Texas
•Mike Lee, Utah
•Ted Cruz, Texas
•Jeff Flake, Arizona
•David Vitter, Louisiana
•David Perdue, Georgia
•Thom Tillis, North Carolina

Democrats (9)
•Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Ranking Member
•Dianne Feinstein, California
•Chuck Schumer, New York
•Dick Durbin, Illinois
•Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island
•Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
•Al Franken, Minnesota
•Chris Coons, Delaware
•Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut


So we need at least 2 of those Republicans to vote to proceed to the Senate Floor.

Grassley, Graham, Hatch, Flake, and Cornyn are the ones I would work on in that order.

Not gonna happen.

Then you'll have only yourselves to blame when Pam Karlan or Goodwin Liu is confirmed by the Dem senate this time next year after Trump loses to Clinton 57/41.  And you can bet Ginsburg will retire next June, too.

Nope. We'll be celebrating the confirmation of Ted Cruz/Mike Lee by president Trump/Cruz

*As much as I despise Trump I do think he's astute enough to nominate Cruz*

I think your grip on reality has been warped by a bit too much Alex Jones.

My grip on on reality is quite firm. Haven't listened to Alex Jones in some time.
David Vitter is a walking dead... Buy his vote for a judgeship or Ambassadorship after he leaves Senate. Graham too.
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican Ides of March Tuesday results thread (N. Marianas start at 4:30am ET) on: March 15, 2016, 11:15:49 pm
Can 2nd placed in Missouri ask for recount?
46  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bad results for TRUMP tonight. How does he win? on: March 15, 2016, 09:53:37 pm
Early predictions that Trump could not possibly win the nomination may turn out to be right.  But I never thought it would happen like this, with Trump leading in delegates but possibly falling short of a majority.  I expected Bush or Rubio to beat him easily in the primaries.
It is possible the establishment is in total control and we don't know it.  We think Trump is winning but maybe he never had a shot.

Ninja establishment delegates
47  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bad results for TRUMP tonight. How does he win? on: March 15, 2016, 09:34:27 pm
Cruz will lose a lot of momentum by April. He should focus in Wisconsin to stay somewhat relevant. April will be a Trump vs. Kasich month. Then, if he doesn't win anything in May (IN, NE, WV, OR and WA), he won't be able to fight in The Last Tuesday.
48  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What the HELL happened in Ohio? on: March 15, 2016, 09:16:25 pm
Bernie took OH for grant and threw resources to NC and IL...
49  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Describe a Barry Goldwater/ Bernie Sanders voter on: March 15, 2016, 06:57:21 pm
Old Southern Dixiecrat who hates Civil Rights, but hate much more Republican economic and foreign policy.
50  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: March 15, 2016, 05:46:54 pm
Would Kretschmann be a good candidate for Chancellor for a common front Greens/SPD to defeat Merkel?
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