Monday, February 11, 2013

Brazil, Bureaucratic Empire

Brazilian party labels may change, but political attitudes are eternal: a nation captured by politicians and bureaucrats, immersed in historical statism, where "successful entrepreneur" means nothing else than "skillful rent seeker." According to this no-news report from the New York Times:
While civil servants in Europe and the United States have had their pay slashed or jobs eliminated altogether, some public employees in Brazil are pulling down salaries and benefits that put their counterparts in developed countries to shame.
One clerk at a court in Brasília, the capital, earned $226,000 in a year — more than the chief justice of the nation’s Supreme Court. Likewise, São Paulo’s highway department paid one of its engineers $263,000 a year, more than the nation’s president.

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