Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Acto Rosario 25 de Mayo Photos & Commentary





It was a day for the history books! The pro-agriculture rally on Sunday in Rosario attracted 300,000 supporters--more than any demonstration since the election after the last junta, and three times as many as the last papal visit. The crowd was peaceful, and showed enthusiastic attention to the speakers who acknowledge the signicance of the event, the scope of the problem, and hopes for resolution.

Signs and speeches emphasized the unity that the agriculture sector feels now, as well as its alienation from the federal government in Buenos Aires that has no farm policy other than tax to the hilt. As one farm leader noted, producers could even give the country all the wheat it needs free and still have plenty to export--if they were allowed to make a decent profit doing so.

As a participant observer from a country where farmers have poliltical and social standing, I am left with many questions. The President calls for "redistributing wealth," but apparently only from farms, not from industry. Why aren't the provinces given any leeway or control here over production? Why is no wealth ever redistributed to farmers in bad years? Why no incentives for production? Why a very low cap on profit for agriculture--which fails to consider that farmers too have been hit by inflation? How in the world will farmers find any incentive to continue producing when at any moment the feds can prohibit exportation or tax it at extortionist levels (up to 95%)?


And most of all, why does CFK personally get to decide where all these millions of dollars go? What ever happened to democracy? What did the federal legislators imagine would happen when they voted to give away much of their fiscal control to the President during the financial meltdown and then re-approved that power-give away? Did they foresee this? How will they ever get it back?


How will the Argentine people ever get their own country back from the Kirchners, who seem to think they know what is best for everyone, in spite of a lot of evidence to the contrary? The President's popularity rating has sunk below that of Bush during this crisis, and that is really saying something.
Note: The above wonderful mostly aerial photos were sent to me without any credits. If you know who took them, please let me know so I can give them credit. Thanks. (I was on the ground taking photos, so if you want some closeups, just ask!)

4 comments:

Little Butterfly said...

HI!, how aure you!, a fantastic post!

But I must say, I didn´t catch you, are you from California¿?, or just a Argentinian living there?,

Many thanks to visit my blog, and to show the rest How importat day we had.

best wishes

Little Butterfly.

Gayle said...

Hi, Little Butterfly...thanks for the compliment--love YOUR blog too! I am a fourth-generation Californian and now a permanent resident of Argentina, married to an Argentinian.

Gayle said...

Hi, Little Butterfly...thanks for the compliment--love YOUR blog too! I am a fourth-generation Californian and now a permanent resident of Argentina, married to an Argentinian.

Edgardo said...

Gayle :
We did the opposite journey
You left USA for Argentina and do not understand how ant can live without a democratic regime, were the law is the only dictator/emperor
I left Argentina for the USA exactly for the those same reasons and – lucky me – I have started to see the same signs in the USA with the present office holders
Good luck in your endeavor