Now for a gringo's point of view.
In the past ten years Brasil has made extraordinary progress, and the economy is in a much better condition going forward than many other developed countries. While it is true that the World Wide Recession has taken its toll on all economies, Brasil has weathered the economic storm in relatively good shape, and is poised to become an ECONOMIC SUPER POWER.
In some ways, Brasil appears to be moving in the correct directions to insure progress, and the United States appears to be going in the wrong direction. My views, expressed below, are not meant to disparage Brasil or its people, nor are they intended to meddle in the internal affairs of another country, indeed some apply equally to the United States.
In order to expidite the transformaton to a Super Power, I believe some changes are in order: 1. The ghettos (favelas) need to be reduced and eventually eliminated by providing a good education to all of the children of Brasil; 2. Reduce and eliminate drug trafficking through more forcefull enforcement of laws, and sealing of the borders by the Armed Forces. 3. Reduction of crime through education, enforcement, and providing opportunities and hope for all; 4. Encourage private enterprise by changing the laws to make it easier for citizens and foreigners to do business in Brasil; 5. Privatize some government services and improve the overall efficencies of all government services; 6. Wisely and carefully develop and use the tremondous resources of Brasil, both natural and human, while protecting and preserving them for future generations.