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"The Poorest President in the World." A lesson for us all.


Truth.ie

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Oh, to have politicians like this in Ireland.
BBC report of the President of Uruguay Jose Mujica.


Donates 90% of his wages to charity.
Grows his own food, draws water from well, and fairly self sufficient.
No chauffered driven car, drives an '87 Volkswagon.
An anti consumerist and pro-environmentalist.
Lives on roughly 150 euros a week.
Also is allowing a referendum on the legalisation of cannabis.
"Cannabis consumption is not the problem. Drug dealing is the problem."
BBC News - Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president
 


Truth.ie

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There was a time we'd laugh at countries like Uruguay and refer to them as "Banana Republics"

How things have changed.



Top marks for Uruguayan economy from IMF.
"Spectacular growth since 2002"
IMF top marks for Uruguay
Spanish unemployed youth emigrating to Uruguay.
Government vow to supply free laptops to every student
 

Davidoff

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A decade from now we'll all be living on 150 notes a week, drinking from wells in the garden and driving twenty-year-old scooters.
 

Truth.ie

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"I'm called the poorest President, but I don't feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more."


"This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions, then you don't have to work all your life, like a slave to sustain them, and therefore more time to spend for yourself."
(music to my ears)
President Mujica.
 

lying eyes

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Oh, to have politicians like this in Ireland.
BBC report of the President of Uruguay Jose Mujica.


Donates 90% of his wages to charity.
Grows his own food, draws water from well, and fairly self sufficient.
No chauffered driven car, drives an '87 Volkswagon.
An anti consumerist and pro-environmentalist.
Lives on roughly 150 euros a week.
Also is allowing a referendum on the legalisation of cannabis.
"Cannabis consumption is not the problem. Drug dealing is the problem."
BBC News - Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president
You will not be reading that headline about our pampered politicians any time soon....
 

Protestant/Catholic=Irish

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In my naive youth, I thought Adams or Mc Guinness would've ended up being politicians like this, if in power.
As politicians go, Sinn Féin are the only ones willing to sacrifice. Are they as heroic as this man? No, they aren't. That is not due to their flaws, it is due to this man's incredible strength. He is one in a generation. As politicians go though, Sinn Féiners are for the vast majority of the time willing to show solidarity with the people.
 

Truth.ie

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As politicians go, Sinn Féin are the only ones willing to sacrifice. Are they as heroic as this man? No, they aren't. That is not due to their flaws, it is due to this man's incredible strength. He is one in a generation. As politicians go though, Sinn Féiners are for the vast majority of the time willing to show solidarity with the people.
Solidarity with the people? Up North, they're chauffered driven in State cars (which they change every year).
Then there's this;
(500 dollars a plate to listen to Gerry talk. Not many blue collar workers at that. Funding from Lehmann Bros.)
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2011/1207/1224308683003.html
And this;
Donations from Coca Cola, whilst telling their grassroots to boycott Coca cola.
http://www.nuzhound.com/articles/irish_times/arts2003/aug23_sinn_fein_coke__ODriscoll.php
 
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I remember a few years back, the Norwegian prime minister at the time would only fly on state business, on low fair airlines when practical. He felt it totally unnecessary to take the cost of maintaining a state jet out of the public purse, when he could get around easily on low fair airlines and interact with the public. This from the prime minister of the per capita, richest country in Europe. This type of action doesn't change much, but it does send out a very healthy message.
 

EUrJokingMeRight

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Our politicians are not mature enough, nor humble enough, to honestly look at themselves in the mirror.

They are afraid of the people who voted them into power. Cowards. They are not honest enough to face a single person in public, because they know that they have repeatedly lied through their back teeth to them, just to ensure more for themselves and less for everyone else.

Gilmore, Kenny, Martin and co are not fit to share even a breath with real leaders such as this 'poor' man.
 

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Much as his lifestyle may be laudable the expensive house he's not living in still costs money and has to be maintained.
 

Niall996

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Oh, to have politicians like this in Ireland.
BBC report of the President of Uruguay Jose Mujica.


Donates 90% of his wages to charity.
Grows his own food, draws water from well, and fairly self sufficient.
No chauffered driven car, drives an '87 Volkswagon.
An anti consumerist and pro-environmentalist.
Lives on roughly 150 euros a week.
Also is allowing a referendum on the legalisation of cannabis.
"Cannabis consumption is not the problem. Drug dealing is the problem."
BBC News - Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president

I wonder if there's a NCT in Uruguay? And the emissions from an '87 VW can't be good. Does his wife have anything to say about this?
 

Lempo

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I remember a few years back, the Norwegian prime minister at the time would only fly on state business, on low fair airlines when practical. He felt it totally unnecessary to take the cost of maintaining a state jet out of the public purse, when he could get around easily on low fair airlines and interact with the public. This from the prime minister of the per capita, richest country in Europe. This type of action doesn't change much, but it does send out a very healthy message.
Spanish press took some note just a couple of months back how Finnish PM flew there to meet Rajoy in tourist class on a regular route flight.

Article in Spanish.

(and no he didn't do it just to be a c*nt)
 

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Imagine the shock to that multi-pension socialist Michael D. Higgins if he had to survive in a similar way. :)

Regards...jmcc
 

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Imagine the shock to that multi-pension socialist Michael D. Higgins if he had to survive in a similar way. :)

Regards...jmcc
What does Higgins do with all that money and all the money he has yet to trouser? Has he no shame.

Bolivia's president, who is a real working president, earns €21,000 a year.
 

jmcc

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What does Higgins do with all that money and all the money he has yet to trouser? Has he no shame.
Must be expensive to be a socialist. :)

Bolivia's president, who is a real working president, earns €21,000 a year.
Imagine those in the Dail and the Seanad being asked to live on that.

Regards...jmcc
 

Twin Towers

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Must be expensive to be a socialist. :)

Imagine those in the Dail and the Seanad being asked to live on that.

Regards...jmcc
In effect all that Irish taxpayers largesse will end up in the bank accounts of Higgin's children whereas it should be in fact be returned to this state.
 

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