Saturday, June 22, 2013

Who'd Spend 18k on a 2G Eclipse? A Brazilian.

If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you will have surely seen the millions of Brazilians protesting in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Interestingly, none of the stories I've read have told us WHY there are such massive protests taking place. That's where the 18 thousand dollar Eclipse comes in. Pedro Paulo, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is one of the many disgruntled citizens of the country who has fallen victim to the corrupt, tyrannical government that inflated the taxes and prices of a typically inexpensive car, by over 200%. He spent the equivalent of twenty-five thousand U.S.D on this 1995 Eclipse which is not only ludicrous to us, but saddening at the same time.

Yes, it is a beautiful, largely unmolested example of what can be had here in the states, but that certainly does not mean that it is worth anywhere near the 18k he paid. At least not here in the states anyway. What baffles me the most is how a government can get to the point that they over-inflate everything to the point that people are spending original MSRP on a car that is over ten years old. Disgraceful, to say the least.

Lately, I've come to the conclusion that modern governments are not necessarily by the people, or for the people, and the massive Brazilian protests are a light at the end of the tunnel. It shows the world that there is a tipping point at which the people will rise to the occasion. Although I don't necessarily agree with the razing of government buildings and complexes, as many are participating with, I do feel that large groups of peaceful protests will be able to make a mark on a new society where the government truly is 100% for the people of their respective countries.

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