A Dívida Escondida
The hidden debt

A informação vem da coluna “Diário do Poder”, do xará Claudio Humberto: na prestação de contas que deverá ser rejeitada pelo Tribunal de Contas da União, o desgoverno da Rainha da Mandioca “escondeu” dívidas de 270 milhões de reais junto a bancos oficiais. Foi uma tentativa de camuflar ou de “apagar as provas” do crime de pedaladas fiscais, que consiste em fazer dos bancos oficiais financiadores de programas sociais do governo. Esse é um crime punido pela Lei de Responsabilidade Fiscal. O crime das pedaladas é tão claro, para os técnicos e ministros do TCU, que não há clima para nem sequer uma “aprovação com ressalvas.” Um defensor do desgoverno no TCU tenta convencer os colegas a substituir a palavra “rejeição” por outra mais amena. No entanto, o tribunal pretende usar a rejeição das contas da Mulher-Sapiens para demonstrar independência. O desgoverno petralha alega que as pedaladas são praticadas desde 1992. Só que, de lá para cá, surgiu a Lei de Responsabilidade Fiscal.

The information comes from the “Power Daily” column, from my namesake Claudio Humberto: in the accounting to be rejected by the TCU (the Brazilian equivalent to the U.S. General Accounting Office), the (un)administration of the Cassava Queen “hid” debts in the amount of 270 million reais (roughly 85 million dollars) from official banks. It was an attempt to mask or to “erase the evidences” of the crime of illegal fiscal maneuvers — more specifically, the use of money from official banks to finance the (un)government’s social programs. This is a crime punished by the Fiscal Responsibility Act. This crime is so clearly demonstrated in the balance sheets that, according to technicians and justices of the Brazilian GAO, there is not even a chance of approving the accounting “with reservations”. One of the TCU justices in tune with the (un)administration has been trying to convince his colleagues to replace the word “rejection” by some other expression considered less harsh. However, the court intends to use the rejection of the Woman-Sapiens accounting to demonstrate its independence. The petralha (un)administration claims that the illegal maneuvers have been in place since 1992, but it (conveniently) forgets the creation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, though.

PT x PT, ou… Bandido contra Bandido
PT x PT, or… criminal versus criminal

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O Blog do Lessa acrescenta que as pedaladas continuam em 2015, desafiando frontalmente a LRF.

The story above, published by Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, indicates that former president Lula da Silva, a.k.a. Brahma, personally encouraged the TCU (federal accounting office) minister in charge of analyzing Dilma Rousseff’s numbers to go on the record against the so called “pedaladas fiscais” (a term used to describe the criminal scheme set up by Dilma’s team where the payments to be disbursed by the Treasury were being actually paid by official banks, like Banco do Brasil and Caixa Economica Federal, in express violation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act). Lula’s action occurred at the same time he started to openly criticize his protegé’s administration. The Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reports that Lula told TCU minister Jose Mucio Monteiro, a close ally, he thought it was reasonable that the TCU requested additional explanation regarding the fiscal maneuvers. As described above, public banks use their own resources to make payments for the administration, which is illegal. Tha Lula-Mucio talks occurred when the minister’s vote, criticizing the delay in transfers from the Treasury to the banks, was already written. According to some reports, Lula said that this “would give the president a scare”. Mucio’s vote concluded that the fiscal maneuvers by former Finance minister Guido Mantega’s team in 2013 and 2014 caused harm to the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
The Lessa Blog adds that the illegal maneuvers have continued unabated throughout 2015, challenging the Fiscal Responsibility Act. In the next weeks, it is expected that TCU formally decides against the maneuvers, opening the door for Rousseff’s impeachment proceedings in Congress.