|Brazil’s Lula Da Silva|
Both were lefties, both faced big problems with the poor, a financial mess, and a socially stratified country—yet Da Silva did the job good, while Chávez is driving Venezuela off the cliff.
Notice, as El-Erian points out, that Da Silva did not need to give up his social goals in order to achieve sustained growth—there’s no contradiction between growing markets and improving social conditions for the poor.
|Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez|
Lula Da Silva was smart enough to realize there was no such incompatibility—and acted accordingly.
See what happened to Venezuela, for having this old-style mentality.
See what is going to happen to the United States, with the incoming 112th Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives Speaker|