Leftist Economist Wins Ecuador Election

Full story: The Associated Press

Rafael Correa, a leftist nationalist who is friendly with Venezuela's anti-U.S. president, trounced a Bible-toting banana tycoon in Ecuador's presidential runoff on Sunday, partial results indicated.

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Kearney

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Nov 27, 2006
 
the people that most fear and have the most to lose with leftists governments are the inherited rich brats... it is amazing how they have duped everyone into thinking it is the middle class that loses out....with socialistic governments. A huge safety net makes it impossible to get cheap labor.

but extremism is wrong, left or right....
Buzz Flederjon

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Nov 27, 2006
 
"trounced a Bible-toting banana tycoon" ... they have a Bushpig too?
Lance Winslow

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Nov 27, 2006
 
Buzz off.
Buzz Flederjon

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Nov 27, 2006
 
Buzz Flederjon wrote:
"trounced a Bible-toting banana tycoon" ... they have a Bushpig too?
really - it should be "trounced a Bible-toting OIL tycoon FAILURE"

The Bushpig could not find oil in Texas and has been a failure his entire life.....

and the American Idol voters elected this moron!
Brainwash Free

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Nov 27, 2006
 
ditto buzz and kearney.
the left has learned and the masses will be emancipated and the future is bright for South America.
Sam F

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Dec 1, 2006
 
The good news is, the only -ist term that really applies to Correa is "pragmatist".
Vangelist

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Dec 7, 2006
 
Sam F wrote:
The good news is, the only -ist term that really applies to Correa is "pragmatist".
Sounds right to me... Maybe also:

social-ist
national-ist
give Ecuador a fair shake-ist

Loosers: Transnational executives who pocket unfair profits for the meager services they provide.
Michelle Pastor

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Jan 20, 2007
 
When are you going to understand that poverty in Ecuador is due to corruption. Corporations provide jobs and investment.

What in the world makes you think that companies who invest millions are evil, and the sweet government will somehow make everything right?

The left wants instability so they can take advantage of people's misery. Out of desparation they'll agree to anyone who promises change. The left promises everything, when they don't get results (they never do), they blame everything on everyone else. There is a long history of this in Latin America.
Vangelist

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Jan 20, 2007
 
Michelle Pastor wrote:
When are you going to understand that poverty in Ecuador is due to corruption.
TRUE... Transnationals CORRUPT a few officials to EXPLOIT the country. The money is kept in foreign banks !
Michelle Pastor

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Jan 21, 2007
 
You obviously don't live in Latin America and have no idea. Let me make it simple for you. People don't have jobs. I've heard 40% unemployment. Real poverty that goes beyond having an old car and TV. The so-called Transnationals provide the highest paid jobs in Ecuador. But I'll settle for any jobs. When they get to 10% unemployment you'll have the luxury of determining which companies meet your standards. For now, positive pragmatic help is needed. Not leftists, useless, hypocritical rants.
Vangelist

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Jan 21, 2007
 
You obviously make to many ASUMPTIONS !

Transnationals provide the highest paid jobs in Ecuador to many FOREIGN WORKERS and CORRUPT OFFICIALS who take the money out of Ecuador!(To MIAMI or the CAYMANS)

You'll settle for any jobs to enslave ecuatorian workers and pollute the environment... Unfortunately (for you greedy) COMMUNIST CHINA is a MORE CORRUPT environment.

Correa plans to give the people HEALTH, EDUCATION and WELLFARE INDUSTRY (to the poorest via micro-credits).

Help the poor help themselves... Christian Socialism
Michelle Pastor

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Jan 22, 2007
 
You make a good point. China and India have had an enormous economic boom from US consumers and those around the world. While certain countries in Latin America languish and suffer for an ideology that even China has left behind. It is very sad.

Correa claims a lot of things. So has every of dictator in this world. But, what he is doing has brought nothing but poverty and sufferring. I guess the difference I have grown up with Cuban's who have enlightened me by their experiences. The Venezuelans coming in have similar stories. But there is no greater blind man than the one who refuses to see, so what else can I tell you.
Vangelist

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Jan 22, 2007
 
YOU AGREE WITH THIS !?!

"ENSLAVE WORKER AND POLLUTE THE ENVIRONMENT" !

"COMMUNIST CHINA is a MORE CORRUPT environment"

CORRUPT CAPITAL, INDUSTRY AND POLITICS !

YOU AGREE WITH THIS !?!

* Enough said... I knew Miami was a decadent city where all sort of mafias store their dirty money... I guess this ideology has effect on some of the residents *
Michelle Pastor

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Jan 23, 2007
 
Just look what Chavez is doing as a "socialist", and how it effects Venezuela, despite the fact that they have tons of money from the high price of petroleum. Under socialism, theory is beautiful, reality is harsh.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/22/bus...

China is corrupt, but at least they are smart enough to pretend that investments in China's economy are safe.
Michelle Pastor

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Jan 23, 2007
 
This is another article that explains the difference between reality and fiction.

http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20070121-...

I understand that you may have noble motives, but you know what they say, "the road to hell is paved with people of good intentions." I really feel sorry for Ecuador.
Mta

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Jan 23, 2007
 
Maybe it will be better for Equador. Good luck.
It means the end of the alliance with US.
Michelle Pastor

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Jan 23, 2007
 
Mta wrote:
Maybe it will be better for Equador. Good luck.
It means the end of the alliance with US.
The US represents a $500 Billion consumer market, of course it is not good for Ecuador. Not to mention the millions sent over in aid. Colombia alone recieves over $150 Million in aid.

It may be better for Ecuador in the sense that they will soon understand what the Cubans have sufferred under Castro. The exiled Cubans are political astute as a result. They know lies when they see them. For some reason Peruvians do to. Maybe Ecuador will overcome this, and won't be so innocent next time.
Vangelist

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Jan 23, 2007
 
Mta wrote:
Maybe it will be better for Equador. Good luck.
It means the end of the alliance with US.
Thank you for the good intentions !

Not all the US government is CORRUPT like the 'NeoCons' and the Bush administration.

There should always be DIALOGE with US...

Better yet... Ecuador and MERCOSUR will continue to forge alianses with the European Union who better understand the Socialist model.
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Jan 23, 2007
 
Michelle Pastor wrote:
China is corrupt, but at least they are smart enough to pretend that investments in China's economy are safe.
The investment capital and the technology resources have been available in Asia for decades... Hong Kong, Taiwan... etc.

That is not the case in Ecuador.

EVEN SO... SOME IN CHINA ARE WILLING TO "ENSLAVE" THE WORKERS AND "POLLUTE" THE ENVIRONMENT WITH DEREGULATED INDUSTRY !

AN EXPLOITIVE CAPITALIST 'HELL'!

(Not every industry in China is suspect... Some 'Asian Tiger' technological companies provide better conditions for their workers)

The point is INVESTMENT of capital...(This should not the realm of 'pretend'. That is ussually called 'fraud'). Correa has to work for a balanced economy where all of society prosperes in acordance to its needs... The greater the NEEDS the greater services and opportunities the government should offer.

Some industries trive on being 'just to the worker' and 'in balance with the environment' that is what the government of Correa is trying to provide for Ecuador.
Michelle Pastor

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Jan 23, 2007
 
Well said from San Francisco, CA, USA!!!

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