What Brazil’s 2016 New Year’s resolutions should be


Political reform

Brazil needs an urgent political reform. We’ve been going through a political crisis in our system for quite a while. Now, it is hard to tell, if we take a look at the Congress, who’s government and who’s oposition. Our President may or may not undergo an impeachment process, as it is completely impossible to determine what the future holds, especially with this Congress.

Meanwhile, the Operation Car Wash goes on and we do not know whose name is going to appear on our news headlines.

So, with those 2015’s political problems and all those we had before, we could seriously use a complete transformation in our political system. It’d be amazing if we could redistribute power and make parties more meaningful, because now it seems to the population that there are no ideas to follow, only interests. It’d be wonderful to see our democracy shine, without corruption taking away our energy. It’d be great if we could have real political discussions, not vague comment section debates that lead nowhere.

It’s not going to happen, I know. 2016 will bring the struggles we are afraid to face. Guess that’s what it’ll take to grow up.

Economic reform

It’s what we were supposed to have done in 2015, but we couldn’t just do it completely due to all of political mess. Brazil will have rising inflation, with our Real losing its value, our GDP declining and debt increasing, and naturally, taxes will go up as we seem to not cut down our expenses.

We need a serious economic reform, starting with changes in the social security system (focusing on the age of retirement and regulations on pensions), going all the way to getting more productive administrations in public institutions etc. Basicly changing our cultural system regarding money, reponsability, security, productivity.

Reform in Education

Our education system really needs some changes if we mean to grow and play the world game for sure in the future. From preschool to university, we need to change what skills we want our population to master and how we’ll do that in the most efficient and equal way. We need to find a way to teach not only Portuguese, but how to be a good citizen. Not only Math, but how to respect others who are different from yourself. Not only Geography, but how to deal with money, what taxes are and how to do them. Not only PE, but what it means to be and stay healthy for real. We need our teachers and our students to be more engaged in the learning process. We need educators to believe in education. We need the country to believe in education. 

Reform in the Health System

I am thankful that Brazil has a public health system, where theoretically anyone could receive proper care and get better with their health. Theoretically. Because in real life, that’s not what really happens. The system lacks many resources, especially in a economic crisis scenario. It cannot stay this way. We need more money, more professionals working, better administrations. 

In the private sector, we need cheaper health insurances. 

Reform in Transportation

If there’s something that ruins mostly everyone’s moods is the transport system. If you live in a big city in Brazil, you’ve probably been stuck on a traffic jam for a few hours, and you’re lucky if you were in the inside of your car when that happened. I have lost count of how many hours I have lost in traffic jams. It’s just absurd. 

We could use better transport system, with more subway, bus and train lines so that everyone can go to work and come back safely and rapidly. 

Reform in Security

Without a doubt, this is one of our major issues, and it causes so much trauma and pain in the population. We need to be safer. We need to be able to go anywhere we want without worry. It’s a big part of being a citizen, of enjoying and engaging with our cities, with our societies.

We could do so much better, Brazil. We can do so much better. I just hope it doesn’t take us ten, twenty years to see that.

To all of my readers, Happy New Year and may 2016 be a great year for all of you!