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Published: Sunday, July 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, July 10 2014 12:13 p.m. MDT

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10CC
Bountiful, UT

If there is one aspect of Brazil today that makes everything much more difficult to overcome, it's the highly corrosive problem of corruption. Education, family, striving to improve... all are eclipsed if corruption is rampant.

The US has been remarkably free of corruption - compared to Latin America - yet our Supreme Court has inched us closer and closer to quid pro quo corruption with their rulings that corporations are people, and money is free speech.

If we make that last small step, and the Supremes rule that bribery is free speech, all bets are off, and the American experiment is pretty much over... at least for America.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When government loses control over the people it represents and serves, it is no longer able to stand up to the evil forces of greed and begins a death spiral caused by economic corruption. It has nothing to do with families.

In the case of Brazil, as with most of South and Latin America, the governments were not able to stand up against the American corporations corruptive influence and thus they were governed by absentee businessmen. It is likely that the business war being waged on the American government is the same businessmen that destroyed the economies of South and Latin America.

Clair
hyrum, UT

This article is spot on correct. When we vote in corrupt Governments the people suffer while the leaders become rich. The right of the inner spirit to be free is stomped on. We are beginning to see the signs of wide spread corruption even in the United Sates of American. The truth is, "Power Corrupts, Absolute Power, Corrupts Absolutely". Very, Very good article.

Angie Brazil
Sao Paulo, 00

This is perhaps the most correct article ever written about the reality of life in Brazil! For all those that live in Brazil and experienced all these events from military regimen to the Collor era (the impeached president) to Real and PT (the last bunch in the government for the last 10+ years), feels each line written here deeply in our soul! As economy and life in general is corrupted in Brazil, families are being destroyed! Artists and singers teach how to betray and get advantage in the daily series on TV. Government invents laws to be harder to marry but easier to divorce. It hurts to see people buying 50" TVs but their kids are dying of overdose! If you are honest you are bashed with abuse! It's so hard to change what's wrong because corruption goes from the grocery store in the corner to Brasilia! We want Brazil to WIN the World Cup because we need some positive joy. Americans have no clue what the corruption in this country has made to our families especially our children. It's a scary place to raise them, unless we adults learn how to vote and change from within.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Angie... I read your comments and I wonder at them. I do significant work with Petrobras, and have spent weeks on end there, spent many hours working with locals, and I have to say your overall vision of doom is not what these people have shared with me. I think ones story depends on their perspective.... it isn't too hard to find people even in the state of Utah that would report that they view their own government as being deeply corrupt.

The thing I do come back from Brazil is the optimism of the people... their joy of life, love of family and willingness to open their homes to new people. I guess I am glad the Brazil I visit isn't the Brazil described here. Then again, the same can be said about here too.. whether someone visits the bronx, versus mid town New York. The view of the world will be greatly different based on the people interacted with.

Angie Brazil
Sao Paulo, 00

UtahBlueDevil... small world or not, my father worked at Petrobras in Paulinia for 32 years. He could tell you better of the repression around the company if you think different of the government, because Petrobras IS a government in its majority. He also spent years silent because he wasn't able to simply comment inside the company of another candidate afraid of threats. We were a middle class family and for the last ten years we are fighting to keep our heads out of the water. It's fun to see the World Cup games stadiums packed with people cheering because the media here is not showing up the hundreds of protests happening outside the gates. Like USA we have other parties and those you knew probably are the government supporters. Anything different is persecuted and put down. Like my dad was, even in his retirement pay. Petrobras executives are named by it and paid to say Brazil is great! Go to a hospital or to a school and you see the truth.

aa66
Miami, FL

I lived 30 years in Brazil and have lived 30 years in US. I survived through the military government mentioned. We didn't have much choice but sure families were stronger than today. One thing is to visit Brazil or spend some time as a 'gringo'. Another is to live there. Brazilians love to reception and are opened to everyone. Like the article said, where we see misery we also see charity and big smiles. Each one see differently. I found clear in the article that the people in Brazil is good but is lost, and they really are. The government is the biggest mischief. Some believe in it. Others get to see what it's all about. Other's need to move out to be able to give a life to their families and to keep the respect once lost in our green-yellow country. We are not proud of it and we defend. Others get as much as they can back exploiting the system, and yell "All is well". Biased media. Great point of view in the article. It should be translated to other languages so the world would really know what Brazil, unfortunately, has become.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Angie - no doubt my view is tainted or shaped by the fact that I deal with the executives of the Petrobas exclusively, and the employees of my own company.

Paul Jr
Rio de Janeiro, 00

I came across this article by chance. It brought memories of many times we would stand for anything and everything. It's easy to see, if you are not bribed by the food stamps program, our country is growing in opposite direction to order and progress. Bittersweet memories. It's amazing to me the fact we have survived this far without a civil war or a serious rebellion like a few countries we saw these past months. We can sure vote, but I'm not sure it will help once election's system is totally corrupted. Most seems to have lost the desire to fight for a better future, and allow the media to dictate the steps to a better life taking us to the social tragedy we live today. People's dreams don't surpass the next weekend with few rare exceptions. The majority of our hospitals, schools and cities are in need of an urgent intervention. Not everything is bad right? We still have gorgeous landscapes and people with open hearts and great spirits, but the Brazilian family core values are being massacred. God please help us, because we have already tried everything else.

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