Sergio Massa, on STEP comment: “Between spending on tickets or vaccines, in this context I prefer spending on vaccines” (Maximiliano Luna)
In the midst of the political debate to suspend the assembly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sergio Massa, was in favor of spending the money that the Council of those elections would demand to buy vaccines against the Corona virus.
Between spending on tickets or vaccinations, the best in this context is spending on vaccinesHe confirmed after The meeting took place on Thursday in Casa Rosada with the main leaders of Front de Todos To address this issue.
I know some people don’t like to talk about cost or spending on democratic matters however If we simplify the electoral process, we will free up resources, and we will release more than 20 million vaccines, “ Massa explained at a time when Argentina is negotiating the purchase of millions of doses with various international laboratories.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives stressed that “we are not in a normal year” and that the country is going through “a dispute to fit enough vaccines to generate immunity in people.”
He also indicated what the electoral scenario would be like in this epidemiological health context, as 25 million people have to vote twice in less than 50 days.. “Think about how the waiting list, the prosecutor’s seat, will be like when a person goes to the polls and takes his or her ID. Imagine that twice,” Confirm when interviewing in Radio 10.
He added, “If you ask me if it makes sense to vote twice in 50 days, put 25 million people in 12 hours in all schools, pack mail and the military …I tell you you have to find a way to solve it intelligently, with dialogue and without banality“.
Following the same line of thought of Representative Maximo Kirchner, who proposed that the PASO elections and legislative elections be held on the same day, Massa said “From an operational point of view, it is very smart to vote for a day, no matter how preliminary and general. ”On Thursday, Massa met with the President and key members of the Front de Todos to address the Paso issue (File Photo Reuters / Agustin Markarian)
However, he realizes that in practice he must negotiate with the opposition about suspending the primaries: “The challenge is to sit at a table with the political forces and understand that beyond the electoral process, what is at stake is the health of Argentina.”
Six months before the Paso Act, 19 of the country’s 24 governors agreed to terminate them as soon as possible. The last of them is Gustavo Valdes of Corrientes, who, together with Gerardo Morales, of Jujuy, will try to convince the opposition that suspension is the best way.
During a radio report, Massa also mentioned the main challenge facing the government this year, which is to restore the income of Argentines so they can have more purchasing power.
In this sense, he referred to a price freeze. “If you analyze what happened to the rates because of the dollarization that the Macri government did, the rates increased twice and three times the wage rates. That when you give up a portion of the fixed cost you end up injuring your purchasing power.” For this reason, I insist that the government is pursuing it “Prices cannot be adjusted above wages.”
“If you implement the energy price increase scheme left by the previous government, it will lose more salaries than previous years against the rates because it will give an increase of 140%.. This is madness. Massa said gas and electricity prices are more problematic than water prices.
As for the upcoming debt maturity that Argentina faces with the International Monetary Fund, he said so “You have to pay an increase, not an adjustment.” As suggested by that international body.
“Today, to enter into an agreement with the IMF, you do not have to impose a program on us and this decision is linked to growth. Argentina has to pay the unadjusted incremental. The practical application that should be in the negotiation is not the adaptation nor the imposed program. We have already seen how it ended up working.” In the Argentine Economy. We want more dollars to be able to pay off our debts, but that is from the growth program, not the adjustmentHe was sentenced.
Finally, he got into the fighting between the government and the countryside as a result of recent declarations by President Alberto Fernandez that He threatened to raise the deductions and set export quotas. The president raised the scenarios was not a warning. The food market is the one that hits the dining table every day. What you have to do is to exhaust the situations of dialogue, and talk about our need to pay attention to improving income because that will make the Argentine economy grow. “
Massa is convinced that the three pillars to push the country forward must be “Grow, vaccinate and work together.” “The challenge is to find a balance between growth and exchange rate competitiveness while ensuring food that poverty does not end in Argentina,” he concluded.
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