How Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party lost the workers

Alex Cuardos-The Washington Post, 04/24/2016

At 24, Elen Rodrigues is part of a generation of Brazilians who have come of age under the Workers’ Party — a movement that promised to lift up the poor for the first time in this deeply unequal nation.

They were among the millions who saw their lives improve during an unprecedented boom that inspired talk of a “Rooseveltian dream” of broad well-being in Brazil. Rodrigues, who went to college on a government scholarship, had barely tasted prosperity, however, when the economy plunged into its deepest recession in decades.

Now she is one of the many working-class Brazilians to turn against the Workers’ Party, even rejecting their onetime hero, unionist-turned-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Amid a long-running bribery investigation and allegations of budget malfeasance, his successor, Dilma Rousseff, could be impeached by the Senate as soon as next month. And Rodrigues would not mind seeing her go.

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