Cambio en Argentina……but it won’t be easy

(My new American Thinker post)

Argentina made an important right turn on Sunday. Mauricio Macri, the opposition candidate, won Sunday’s election. He is not perfect but offers a more realistic option than the misguided populist policies of the incumbent party.

At the same time, “argentinos” longing for change will have to be patient because Mr. Macri is inheriting a mess of huge proportions, as we read in Bloomberg:

“Neither candidate has addressed the elephant in the room: the reforms needed to reduce inflation, fix a fiscal deficit of 7.2 percent of gross domestic product – the largest in over 30 years – and lure back investment dollars which have stayed away due to currency controls, a lack of regulatory predictability and a decade-long dispute with holdouts from the 2001 default.”

Macri’s victory is also a huge defeat for “the Kirchner way”, the populist philosophy that guided Argentina for a decade. John Fundhas a good analysis about this point:

Argentina’s election on Sunday represented the starkest choice the country has faced since the uthoritarian era of Juan and Evita Peron began in the 1940s.

The seven-point victory of center-right candidate Mauricio Macri may herald a real shift towards more sensible economics and less anti-U.S. policies in Latin America.

Defeated Peronist candidate Daniel Scioli was a hand-picked defender of the interventionist economics of his party’s retiring President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner.

In a recent TV interview, Scioli summed up the differences between him and Macri simply: “I defend the role of the state and he defends the role of the market.” He accused Macri, a leading businessman and mayor of Buenos Aires, of representing policies of “savage capitalism” that would devastate the poor.

Argentina’s voters have often fallen for such rhetoric, but not this year.

The record of Kirchner and her Peronist party was a disaster and not easily ignored.

It won’t be easy but Mr. Macri is a better option.  He has a better chance of attracting the kind of foreign investment that the country needs to create jobs and help the struggling middle class.

Good luck to Sr. Macri.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

Pope Francis and President Obama

Pope Francis Evo Morales

According to the Wall Street Journal — “Vatican disputes White House guest list for papal visit,” by Francis X. Rocca: “On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia…According to a senior Vatican official, the Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with these guests at the White House welcoming ceremony next Wednesday could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities.”

Where was the Vatican rage when Bolivian President Evo Morales gave him an image of the crucified Christ featuring the Communist hammer and sickle?

Now that Pope Francis has become a buddy of President Obama, he’s finding out that worst thing anyone can do is become a friend of the President. Obama is kinder and gentler with his enemies than with his friends.

Does Evo know that thousands have been killed by that ugly symbol?


Our wonderful friend Carlos addressed this in great detail.    I just have to say a word about this pathetic image of Pope Francis and Evo Morales:

“Yesterday, I heard President Fernandez of Argentina talking about “The Merchant of Venice”.

Today, it’s President Evo Morales’ turn to show that most of Latin America is voting for people who should be doing something other than governing.

This is what happened in Bolivia:

“Pope Francis has received a rather unusual gift from Bolivia’s first indigenous president Evo Morales during his visit to Latin America: a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, the Communist symbol of the union of labour and peasants.”

I hope that Pope Francis reminded Sr. Evo that thousands of Christians and innocent people have been killed by that communist symbol that he is proudly displaying.

The Gitmo 6 bouncing around in Uruguay

(My new American Thinker post)

It reads like a Saturday Night Live segment.  All you need is a guy with a Syrian accent screaming, “Live from New York…”

In reality, this is the story of the Gitmo terrorists who were sent to Uruguay not long ago:

Uruguay’s president says the U.N. refugee agency will help six former Guantanamo prisoners obtain housing in his country.

President Tabare Vazquez told reporters at the Summit of the Americas in Panama that each of the six will soon have a home, thanks to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

The six freed prisoners have struggled to adapt to life in Uruguay since arriving in December following years of captivity at Guantanamo.

They have not gotten work and are getting by on about $600 a month provided by a non-governmental organization.

Why is anyone surprised?

First, you take six of the world’s worst terrorists and turn them into victims of the U.S.

They are not victims.  They were detained in Gitmo because they were captured on the battlefield fighting U.S. and other troops.  They were detained without trial because the war is still going on.  Prisoners have been held in every war without trial waiting for the resolution of the war or the end of the conflict.

Also, most countries did not want to take these people, as was reported in the news:

The six, who were detained as suspected militants with ties to al-Qaeda in 2002 but were never charged, were cleared for release in 2009.

But they were stuck in Guantanamo for the next five years because they could not be sent home – and no one wanted them, until Uruguay stepped into the breach.

Second, what genius thought that you could relocate them to a very cosmopolitan city like Montevideo?

Who expected these terrorists and fanatics to adjust to the Western way of life that they detest, such as treating women with respect?  Again, why is anyone surprised that these 6 killers are having such difficulties adjusting to a modern way of life?

The author of the idea was former President Mujica.  Unfortunately, Mr. Mujica’s little anti-U.S. play has turned into a nightmare for his fellow citizens, who have to put up with these incorrigible men.

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.

‘Populismo’ is Killing Brazil

“Latin America should know by now that “populismo” does not create prosperity. It just drives investors to other more attractive places, like Chile next door. 

It also creates a bloated state, “crony capitalism” and the corruption that comes with it.

It’s time for real change to come to Brazil. Frankly, all that they have to do is look next door to Chile!”

You can read the post here: