Brazils Economy

Fabio Pereira on what can be improved on in Brazil(emphasis mine):

  • – The brazilian way: “Why do something today that you can pay someone to do it the day after tomorrow?”
  • Incredibly high taxes on almost everything
  • – 90% of the roads are still unpaved
  • – Public transportation
  • – Rich/Poor gap
  • – High tolerance for corruption
  • – Bureaucratic red tape

Interestingly, in after my brief visits there, it is #2 and #5 that I always refer to when people ask me about Brazil. In most of the country, the gap between the haves and the have nots is alarmingly wide. After seeing Brazils poor, it’s tough to come back to the US and look at our poor the same way.

One thing that I would like to see improved, that Fabio didn’t mention, is the relative safety of the country on a whole, especially with regards to electronics 🙂 You should have seen the faces of my hosts when I told them I wanted to work on my laptop at the local bookstore. Apparently I was begging to be robbed.