Friday, 21 May 2010
Liveblogging the Presidential State of the Union XV
Two observations in conclusion:
It was not a memorable speech, but most of what he said was reasonable and would not have sounded out of place in a State of the Union by Michelle Bachelet or Ricardo Lagos.
But the emphasis on bonuses and subsidies shows that this is, indeed, a new right. It is not the UDI, Pinochetist right. It is much more retrogade than that. It is a right of the 1950s, which believes the state has a role to play, but its role is to throw money around. It does not believe the state can contribute to structural reforms that will change the social makeup of the country (and probably doesn't want to).
Hopefully the Concertación will pick up on that, and not nitpick on the details, which many people will find quite palatable.
Well, that was Liveblogging for today. Thanks for tuning in.