This Monday the pre-candidates for president of the ruling parties and coalitions Sergio Massa, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta y Patricia Bullrichplus the freer Javier Mileythey lectured at the Fair Center from the Buenos Aires neighborhood Palermo during the annual edition of the rural exhibition. It was during the day “Commitment to a new Argentina”which was opened by the president of the Argentine Rural Society (SRA) Nicholas Pino.
At its opening, Pino critical the new measures announced by the Minister of Economy Sergio Massaaccording to which there will be a new “agricultural dollar” at $340 for “regional economies” and for the corn export. For the SRAthat goes against an “Argentina that is much easier to live in and in that ease, a more predictable Argentina for our activities”. This exchange novelty “is detrimental to one sector over others,” he said, always speaking of the same agricultural employers.
After his speech, Pino The speakers were welcomed, who, beyond some nuances and topics typical of the electoral campaign, focused their addresses on three key economic issues for the sector: withholdings on exports, the price of the dollar and what kind of place will be given in a future government to the demands of the agricultural employers.
From now on, the plight of thousands of rural laborers throughout the country, human trafficking for labor exploitation in farms and plantations, the price of food fixed by the agro-industrial octopuses that dry up popular pockets and other problems of the working class of the countryside and the city, were totally absent of the “conversation” in the Red Pavilion from the exhibition center.
first spoke Javier Miley of freedom advances. First of all, he promised the agricultural businessmen that if he becomes president, he will apply a “exchange unification” and the “total elimination of withholdings” to the sector’s exports. “We are going to work to return the profitability and vitality that has been taken away in recent years by sucking their blood,” he told them. mercy to the representatives of the employers’ chambers. According to his calculations, he predicted them “triple revenue” with their government measures.
And he repeated his idea of remove the trap exchange rate, which he considered “immoral”. Along these lines, he once again promised to eliminate the Banco Central to achieve a “de facto exchange rate unification” and advance, between “the first 9 and 24” months of his administration, towards the “dollarization” of the economy. As explained in this newspaperthat idea of mercy It is based on false premises and, even worse, it covers up a deliberate proposal to provoke a mega-devaluation of the peso, a blow to the income of the working class and the popular sectors.
After mercy speak Horacio Rodriguez LarretaBuenos Aires head of government and one of the pre-candidates for Together for Change. First of all, he made it clear that his plan for the sector is “a gradual reduction of withholdings to the export of grains and an objective of double exports of the sector in eight years”. Regarding withholdings, he said that they are “a lousy tax” and that, if he is president, he will lower them “steel” but with “with a schedule that generates predictability.”
using his cliché campaign, Rodriguez Larreta He said that it is necessary to end “the fights and aggressions” because “to move this country forward and beat Kirchnerism we have to be together.” Addressing the oligarchy with the smell of dung, he added that “the national government has an ideological prejudice with the countryside, which generates 70% of the country’s exports and generates four million direct and indirect jobs.”
The first project of larreta for the agricultural sector it would be “double the exports of the agro-food complex” between the next “six and eight years of government” and “increase grain production to 190 million tons and exceed 4 million tons of meat production.” That, according to he assured him, would generate “500 thousand new jobs”.
Regarding the price of the dollar, the head of government said that it is necessary “to go to a single exchange rate”, although “it is not serious to propose this unification on the first day” but after “recomposing reserves by exporting more and building confidence”. He also promised a “simplification of taxes and procedures” for the sector. Looking to get an agenda Patricia Bullrichhis opponent in PvCthe candidate proposed “a plan” to end with “rural insecurity” which, according to his vision, translates into “breaking of the silobolsas and the seizure of land.”
And in line with the conduct of the SRA, questioned the new government measures. “This soap opera of decisions that we do not know what they are about continue to threaten the predictability of Argentina. They are talking about another exchange rate and they are increasing the PAIS tax again, which also affects imports and inputs, ”he declared.
In between Rodriguez Larreta and his adversary Bullrich had spoken Juan Schiarettipresidential candidate for the seal We do for our country, who logically raised generalities similar to those of almost all the other pre-candidates, seeking to present himself as the most “agrarian” representative of all those who appear in the elections. Substantially more of the same.
Then the former Security Minister of Mauricio Macri. In line with his “all or nothing” campaign, Bullrich stated that if she is president, she will advocate for “absolute austerity in the State” To generate “investment and production in the field”. Within this framework, he said that Argentina “has to have a strategic change, which means never again taking the field with a logic of always extracting it.” Obviously, she applauded enthusiastically.
With his habit of throwing numbers at the dealer, Bullrich He said that it will restore “power to society that in the last twenty years has lost 100% of its income to the State.” That loss, he said, is based on the fact that “the State grew 20 points of GDP, with money from withholdings, provincial and national taxes, money that should have gone to the towns and that went to generate a State that grew twice what it was”. According to her, the fact that exporters leave a part of their income to the State “delays” and “prevents improvement.”
On the exchange stocks, the adversary of larreta (internally) and mercy (externally) he said it is like a “pacman” that “in the last year he took US$ 18 billion, instead of being in the towns and the producers, he left to maintain a ridiculous stocks that has impoverished Argentines and has left a Banco Central with zero reservations. Obviously, of capital flight and payment of foreign debt to the IMF and the vultures, not a word. From there he proposes “remove the trap immediately” if he assumes in the Pink Housesince if not “all those who have to invest are going to be waiting another year for the stocks to go away”.
To differentiate from Rodriguez Larretathe “hawk” macrista insisted that the changes must be made “faster and stronger from day one”why “We already know what it meant when we were slow”referring to the government of its political boss between 2015 and 2019.
Finally, the Minister of Economy and pre-candidate for Union for the Fatherland. Both during his speech and when answering questions from the public, Massa He was one of the participants who received the most applause.
First of all, the Peronist candidate asked the agrarian employers to consider the “transitory measures” of the Government, such as those that were announced in the last few hours, as part of “the situation” marked by the conditions that “the program with the Fund and the drought impose on the Argentine economy.” In this sense, she spoke of “transitory measures that may be more or less pleasant or more or less questionable, but which have to do with the reality of the moment and they cannot be analyzed without taking into account the situation”. from the same SRA who had criticized him hours before, there was applause.
comfortable before his audience, Massa announced that “as of September 1, no regional economy is going to pay withholdings,” in reference to agricultural activities made up of SMEs that have been demanding more tax benefits. And just as it is already a seal of Union for the Fatherland (ex Front of All), stated that improvements in agricultural activity should be accompanied by the development of other branches such as energy and mining extractivism.
Winking at the bosses, the candidate supported by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner recalled that in 2008, shortly after the official defeat in the Congress on Resolution 125 (created by the then minister Martin Lousteau) that unleashed the fury of the rural businessmen, he sat down to talk in a friendly way with the Rural Society and other rural entities. “It’s just that you can’t live eternally embracing fights from the past”said the former public enemy of The Campora.
Seeking to differentiate himself from the less conservative sectors of Peronism and, at the same time, building bridges with “the countryside”, the Tigrense affirmed that he never had problems with that sector of the bourgeoisie. “We never went through difficulties due to a dogmatic or prejudiced confrontation, I am a leader with a practical sense. I believe in the Argentine countryside as one of the engines of growth”, sentenced. And the warm applause returned.
Among the proposals, Massa He also said that “it is fundamental” that the Congress sanction the Law for the Promotion of Agroindustrial Development, which according to him “will make the agricultural sector more competitive” and will constitute “a first path of tax collection that will allow us to gradually alleviate the tax burden.” more applause for Sergio.
Although on many issues his speech did not differ substantially from those of his predecessors in the use of the word, Massa chicaneed mercy, Rodriguez Larreta y Bullrich when saying that “easy and beautiful slogans for TV and without possible correlation with the macroeconomic accounts of Argentina are bread for today and hunger for tomorrow.” You could retort “and how are we doing at home?”. However, interpreting his words as part of the electoral bid but always on the same side of the interests of the large economic groups, the audience also applauded that definition. They are the ones who again, with a fourth batch of “soybean dollars”They see the minister as more of an ally than a rival.
Massa closed the day “Commitment to a new Argentina” with a clear message for his interlocutors: “We must overcome any instance of contradiction, work together and think about how the agreement between the public and the private gives positive feedback to the effort we can make. When we sat down at the table, good will appeared”. Of course, the final applause stole another smile from the “national and popular” minister, whom he will logically call to vote Juan Grabois if you lose in the STEP of Union for the Fatherland.