It ended with a kiss off from Rousseff. The wise guys on the South Side dreamed they could take over from the know-all mugs that say Brazil needs social inclusion. But what about the poor wise guys, say the South Side bosses, social inclusion only encourages the mugs. But after twelve years in power, the big mugs keep control of the big house. Wise guys in the press say the victory was a whisker. But 72% of the vote in the North and 52% in the home state of wise guy Aécio Neves means the kiss off dame tells her grandchildren she was a special mug. The babe will also mention when she was tortured by the military mob.
But it could still mean sleeping with the fishes for the dame. The deal with those guys from FIFA to bring the World Cup did the mugs no favours. Stash was directed away from the mugs that worked the streets. Soon the Olympics circus comes to town and that hoopla could mean showdown number two. But give credit where credit is due. The babe deserves a T-shirt and a poster. She fought the South Side when the mob was military. Those days the South Side was something.
And Dilma is a dame that South Side wise guys can talk to. Marxism puts wise guys to sleep but pragmatic capitalism shows respect. Aécio Neves is a wise guy but the hood calls himself the candidate of change, an economist, something real fancy. The wise guy might be smart but he cut no ice. Too many of the mugs knew he was not on the level. The dame is right. Sometimes you should give a handshake. A smart wise guy knows it is not all up against the wall and a slug in the belly.
Business has been bad but the football fix helped the wise guys, and so did that Hydro Dam deal. Dilma ain’t such a bad dame. Europe pulled the rug from their South Side, and the poor wise guys in Venezuela you don’t recognise.
The good old days when we could let people starve in the streets, they are over. No wise guy looks at the Bolsa Familia Program without wanting that bread. But the smart wise guys are patient. What goes around comes around. Soon these people with money in their pockets will want what we do best. And it will be different from the education and the vaccinations that the kiss off dame demands. Wise guys put a smile on the faces of the mugs on the streets. A wise guy was told by a judge the other day that the Bolsa Familia Program reduced poverty by 27.7% in the first four years.
See, the idea is everybody has money for food and clothes. Wise guys from the South Side say where is the respect in that? Well, it is different but money is money, and what goes around comes around is what the smart wise guys say.
Howard Jackson has had three books published by Red Rattle Books. His next book, Nightmares Ahead, will be published by Red Rattle Books in Spring 2015. If you want to read more about Brazil click here.