The TCU (equivalent to the U.S. GAO) is a playground of failed politicians!
(Retired Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa)
O Tribunal de Contas de União acaba de dar mais quinze dias para Dilma Rousseff se explicar, como se houvesse explicações possíveis. É uma obscenidade.
The Brazilian equivalent to the U.S. General Accounting Office has just given Dilma Rousseff fifteen more days to explain her fiscal crimes, as if there would be any explanation for them. It is an obscenity.
Então ficou assim:
Dilma tem sete grandes problemas, a saber:
1) Economia descontrolada, inflação idem, desemprego avançando, com viés de piora progressiva;
2) As desconfortáveis revelações do processo Lavajato, que mostram um governo corrupto e minam o PT;
3) Petrolão em marcha, mostrando que parte do dinheiro roubado foi parar na campanha dela em 2010 (e, quiçá, no ano passado);
4) Pedaladas detectadas pelo TCU mostram um governo em situação de notória quebra da responsabilidade fiscal;
5) Popularidade despencando por conta do evidente estelionato eleitoral de 2014 e das hipóteses anteriores;
6) Absoluto descontrole das manifestações populares;
7) Perda da base de apoio no Congresso.
Até aqui, após o acordão deprimente com Renan, ela resolveu parcialmente – no Senado – a 7 (com possibilidade de encaminhar a 4 com os votos que Renan controla no TCU). Não tem nenhum controle sobre as mais graves – a 1, a 2, a 3, a 5 e a 6.
Ou seja, ela despencou do 40º andar e, ao passar pelo 13º, constata que está tudo bem.
So far, it’s like this:
Dilma has seven big problems, and they are:
1) Economy out of control, same with inflation, growing unemployment, everything with a worsening trend;
2) The uncomfortable revelations of the Car Wash investigation. They show a corrupt government and undermine the PT (Workers Party);
3) The “petrolao” (huge Petrobras scandal) on the move, showing that part of the stolen money ended up in her 2010 campaign (and, perhaps in the 2014 campaign, too);
4) Fiscal crimes detected by the TCU (equivalent to the GAO in the U.S.) show the administration in a clear situation of lack of respect for fiscal responsibility;
5) Plummeting popularity because of the evident electoral embezzlement in 2014 and above items;
6) Absolute lack of control over popular demonstrations;
7) A loss of the support base in Congress.
So far, after the depressing agreement with (Senate president) Renan Calheiros, she partially solved – in the Senate – item #7 (and possibly #4, based on the votes Renan controls in the TCU). She does not have any control over the worst ones: 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.
In other words, she has fallen from the 40th floor; when passing by the 13th floor, she arrives at the notion that everything is OK.
This video is, you’ve guessed, in Brazilian Portuguese. In essence, I am saying that a scheme is being worked out by Brazil’s screwy politicians in order to avoid punishment for everyone involved in the huge scandals that are rocking the country. Meanwhile, retired persons are being slapped on their faces by the un-government, which has announced it is not paying the first installment of the so-called 13th salary. At the same time, everyone witnesses the reckless spending orgy that is taking place with public money. This simply creates insurmountable obstacles for the removal of the current occupant of the Planalto Palace and the subsequent return to a serious endeavor towards development and economic growth. What is being set up by these scoundrels right in front of us is a sham, and it’s a dangerous proposition. Right now, Brazilians have expressed their disgust by offending public officials in restaurants, airports and other public places. The next, logical step is for someone to attack one of these clowns physically. When it happens, it is going to be serious, Mussolini style. For sometime, now I have been saying that Brazil’s organized society has been deteriorating. We’ve been going back to the “old west” lifestyle. Patience has a limit. It won’t be long until someone loses his/her mind and shoots to kill one of these bigwigs of the un-government, one of those who act as if they are immune to everything, those who act as if their impunity is guaranteed. Will this crystal clear alert sound like I am an ESP expert, or will Brazilian authorities understand these words as if I were inciting the masses to act violently? Good grief…
A defesa de Dilma Rousseff no processo de investigação do TCU que atestou as pedaladas nas finanças públicas é um desastre.
Ela se resume a alegar que “todo mundo faz”, repetindo a desculpa básica inventada por Lula à época do mensalão.
Dizer que “Todo mundo faz” não exime culpa. Não conserta o Brasil. É, no mínimo, estagnação.
E, no máximo, absoluta incompetência para gerir um país, além de óbvia falta de vergonha.na cara.
Dilma Rousseff’s defense in the TCU investigation about her fiscal crimes against public finances is a disaster.
It only goes to allege that “everyone does it”, repeating the basic excuse invented by Lula at the time of the “mensalao” (big monthly allowance paid to congressmen in exchange for votes).
To say that “everyone does it” does not exempt one from guilt. It does not fix Brazil. It is, to say the least, stagnation.
And, to say the most, it is absolute incompetence to manage a country, not to mention the obvious shamelessness.
*The TCU (Tribunal de Contas da União) is the Brazilian equivalent to the U.S. GAO (General Accounting Office).
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.
É incrível, absurdo, inadmissível. O Ttribunal de Contas da União deu trinta dias à presidente Dilma Rousseff para que ela explicasse as chamadas “pedaladas fiscais”. O prazo termina no dia 21 de julho. Acontece que, segundo informação veiculada pelo site O Antagonista, as irregularidades apontadas pelo Ministério Público de Contas não constam do aviso enviado a ela, para que ela possa tentar se defender adequadamente. Pior que isso é o fato de esse documento ter sumido do processo dentro do próprio TCU. Tudo feito em silêncio, para facilitar a vida da ex-presidente em exercício. No dia 3 de julho, o procurador Julio Marcelo de Oliveira enviou requerimento pedindo explicações ao ministro Augusto Nardes, o relator das pedaladas. Até agora, nada.
Mais do que explicações, a sociedade exige uma ação rápida e certeira no sentido de se corrigir essa situação absurda. O Blog do Lessa se junta a’O Antagonista para convocar os leitores que enviem seus e-mails ao ministro Augusto Nardes, do TCU, exigindo que o documento com as irregularidades eleitoreiras constatadas pelo Ministério Público de Contas volte a constar do processo das pedaladas de Dilma Rousseff — documento que precisa, também, ser encaminhado à atual ocupante do Planalto. O e-mail do ministro Augusto Nardes é
Para encerrar: caso você se interesse por saber a extensão dos crimes cometidos pelo desgoverno petralha nessa área (atitude que continua em 2015, com toda a cara de pau, apesar de procedimentos judiciais instaurados), o documento do Ministério Público de Contas está aqui, nesse link.
It is incredible, absurd, inadmissible. The Union Accounting Tribunal (equivalent to the GAO in the U.S.) has given 30 days to president Dilma Rousseff so she can explain the so-called “fiscal pedalling” maneuvers*. Deadline is set for July 21st. However, according to information published by the site O Antagonista, the irregularities pointed out by a document that served as basis for the complaint are not part of the notice sent to the president, allowing her to defend herself accordingly. Worse than that is the fact that the document went missing inside the Brazilian GAO itself! Everything done quietly, to make it easy for Ms. Rousseff. On July 3rd, attorney Julio Marcelo Oliveira sent a document requesting explanations from minister Augusto Nardes, the TCU justice in charge of the case. So far, nothing has happened.
More than explanations, Brazilians demand a fast and straightforward type of action in order to correct this absurd situation. The Lessa Blog joins O Antagonista in asking its readers to send e-mails to minister Augusto Nardes, at the TCU, demanding that the document with the election-oriented irregularities verified by the Accounting Prosecutor’s Office again becomes an integral part of the case against Dilma Rousseff — a document that also needs to be sent to the present occupant of the Planalto Palace. Minister Augusto Nardes’ e-mail is
One more thing: if you can read a Brazilian Portuguese text and are interested in knowing how criminally deep the petralha (un)administration is right now, regarding those maneuvers (something that unbelievable still happens to this day, as if nothing was happening to them), the “missing” document of the Accounting Prosecutor’s Office can be seen here.
*These fiscal maneuvers have been deemed criminal because, in essence, they represent the use of official banks (Bank of Brazil and Caixa Econômica Federal) to finance the administration. That is expressly forbidden by the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
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.