“I think we are not doing honor to so much trust, so much love and so much hope that they deposited in us.” Thus he closed his master class in the city of Resistencia, Chaco, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner surrounded by about ten thousand people who listened attentively. Minutes after Alberto Fernández spoke from Ushuaia, where he participated in the delivery of houses, the vice president said that currently the ruling party is not going through a moment of “fights”, but of “debate of ideas”. “Of ideas that I spoke about all my life and that I fulfilled when I governed,” she specified. The former Argentine president, who arrived in the city of Resistencia around 4:00 p.m. local time and was received by the governor, Jorge Capitanich, and the deputy governor, Analía Rach Quiroga, indicated that “some things must be reviewed” in the government with the aim to resolve “a phenomenon that is taking place in Argentina like never before”, for which “employees in a dependency relationship are poor”.
In his dissertation, after receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of the Southern Chaco, the vice president dedicated a few minutes to one of the structural issues of the economy that she always talks about, the bi-monetary economy and, among other things, its impact on inflation. “It is a serious issue that requires agreements but also requires management to monitor this. Because one observes that in this 2020 and 2021 there has been a huge jump in exports by quantity and by price. We had a surplus that I had not had in 12 years and, However, we have reserve problems in the Central Bank. So what happens with the monetary and exchange administration?”, he said.
Along these lines, he pointed to the need to propose stronger measures against the concentrated sectors of the economy: “Political leaders are afraid to imagine changes, to imagine things different from what we are experiencing,” he questioned. The vice president explained that she gives advice, not from an “academic” position, but because He spent eight years in Casa Rosada “cutting off penalties and dodging bullets”.
The criticisms had a double recipient. On the one hand, they pointed to the opposition and the media discourse that maintains that the monetary issue is the main cause of inflation – an issue that contradicted data from the last seven years – but also to the president’s economic team. “If the diagnosis is that inflation and costs in this country are due to the dollar, the only thing permanent devaluation does is increase and keep inflation inertial. For these things we discuss, debate and oppose certain things. Not even for questions of power, neither for cash issues nor because he looked at me badly or did not invite me to eat. No, no, these are the things that we have to discuss, “he clarified.
The militants, the officials of the provincial government, the mayors and the national legislators had begun to arrive at the Convention Center of the Hotel Gala from 2:00 p.m. The place, located a few kilometers from the Resistencia international airport, had also been the scene in 2019 of the Chaco presentation of Sinceremente, the book by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
The vice president, who, as specified from her surroundings, will begin to make this type of trips to different provinces more often, arrived at 5:05 p.m. local time at the closed room for 4,200 people where she gave her speech. The public was waiting for her with flags from La Cámpora, Kolina, La Dignidad and posters with her face and that of former President Néstor Kirchner. They also applauded her to the cry of “heart president” and sang the Peronist march. “This stays in your retina for life”said the excited Chaco militants, who at all times interacted with the former president while she gave her speech.
Another of the songs that the militants repeated was “Coqui Presidente”, in reference to Capitanich. Many speculated that the vice president’s visit to Chaco could be a nod to the governor’s launch as a candidate in possible internal ruling parties in 2023, but Capitanich decided to show a low profile and did not go on stage or give a speech. He and the vice president traveled from the airport to the hotel together. On that journey, Capitanich told him: “How difficult it must be for you to speak because when you speak things change and they manipulate you and when you don’t speak they complain about your silence.”
On the stage
Together with the vice president, on stage, were the rector of the Universidad del Chaco Austral, Germán Oestmann, and the vice rector, Manuel García Solá. They were in charge of giving Fernández de Kirchner the Honoris Causa, a diploma, a medal and the stole of honor, which the vice president put on her shoulders while she smiled and made the V for victory. In the first row was the senator -of his extreme confidence- Oscar Parrilli, the administrative secretary of the Senate, Luz Alonso, the senators from Chaco Antonio Rodas, María Inés Pilati Vergara and the deputy and ex-combatant from Malvinas Aldo Leiva, along with mayors and officials.
The vice president, as the title of her conference said, spoke about democratic dissatisfaction. Along these lines, she criticized the three powers of the State. She began with the Judiciary, followed by the Legislative and ended with the Executive. He questioned the opposition for promoting the project of a single paper ballot, which he compared to “a string of garlic or sausages”, and considered that society has more important problems, among them that “he does not have a job and does not get the money.”
In reference to the Judiciary, the vice president denounced that “When a ruler wants to enforce a law, a precautionary appears to prevent it”. He criticized the intervention of the Supreme Court in the Council of the Judiciary and stressed: “The Council is led by 13 to 20 members and the Court is made up of only four people and that is fantastic. Isn’t it convenient for power to be able to squeeze a little? “The only thing I ask of you is that no one from the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches play the victim, here the only victims are those who do not make ends meet, do not have a job, do not have enough to feed their children. Those are the victims. And for those we have the obligation to debate and discuss, “he concluded.
Capital without ideology
In another section of his speech, he pointed out that capitalism “as a system for the production of goods and services has become independent of ideologies” and highlighted the development of China as one of the “most successful” capitalist models. He gave as an example the development of the People’s Republic of China in the last 70 years and ironically: “There is a catchphrase that says that investments go where there is legal security. Hello, how are you? The largest investments in recent decades by globalized companies from all over the world occur in China”.
In another passage, he affirmed that if he had to choose a Constitution he would stay with “the one of 1853”, although he clarified that the one he likes the most was the one sanctioned in 1949 under the Government of Juan Domingo Perón.
Later, he underlined the paradox that there are increasingly “more workers in a poor dependency relationship”, and warned that “the advance of inequality is putting democracy in crisis” that emerged from the French Revolution. “This had never happened. Poverty was always placed outside of formal work,” she stated.
hormones and neurons
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner referred to the election she made of Alberto Fernández to be the candidate for president of Peronism in 2019. She said that this “election” was not a matter of “generosity”, but of “intelligence”. Along these lines, she specified that the “discussion” with the president is not for “power.”
“I chose someone who did not represent any political force, but who had also harshly criticized me since 2008”, he said and differentiated him from the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa, by saying that he did have a party structure. He also marked the contrast with Héctor Daer, leader of the CGT, and Emilio Pérsico, of the Evita Movement. “There would be a power dispute there,” he fired. The former president also assured that “I never make decisions from hormones but from neurons”.
Another of the questions was centered on the Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas, for not having strong enough measures against price makers, and on the Minister of Social Development, Juan Zabaleta. According to what he said, the President had proposed to Máximo Kirchner that this portfolio, which has a large budget, -and which was previously occupied by Daniel Arroyo- be managed by Andrés Larroque. The vice president explained that Máximo told her that it was better to be driven by a man Fernández trusted. The former Argentine president referred to that example to deny the version that La Cámpora kept all the “boxes” of the Government.