A Carta Chinesa de Obama?

MELBOURNE – De acordo com a Reserva Federal dos Estados Unidos, o valor líquido dos Americanos caiu 40% desde 2007, voltando ao seu nível de 1992. O progresso até à recuperação será lento e difícil, e a economia dos EUA estará fraca durante a corrida presidencial de Novembro e as eleições para o Congresso. Poderá qualquer presidente em exercício – e especialmente o Presidente Barack Obama – assegurar a reeleição em tais condições?

Na verdade, a culpa do mal-estar Americano cabe directamente aos antecessores de Obama: Bill Clinton, por encorajar o Fed a descurar a supervisão e regulação dos mercados financeiros, e George W. Bush, pelas suas guerras caras, que aumentaram massivamente a dívida governamental dos EUA. Mas, ao chegar o Dia da Eleição, muitos (se não a maioria) Americanos provavelmente ignorarão a história recente e votarão contra o presidente em exercício.

Dado isto, não surpreenderia se Obama e outros na sua administração procurassem questões não-económicas para energizar a sua campanha. Os problemas da segurança nacional em geral, e o desafio colocado pela China em particular, podem estar a tornar-se nessas questões.

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