What does the government need to do to bring the wave of demonstrations to a halt? Spray cash at the problem seems to be the answer. That would cause further problems with Brazil facing a rapidly deteriorating financial situation and great investor resistance to funding new projects. Maybe then it is lucky that many spending promises are likely to remain on the paper.
Compromises on the cost of transport have already been made and president Dilma Rousseff has made a range of promises covering healthcare and education. A programme to import doctors from abroad - many are already slated to come from Cuba - is likely to be stepped up and promises that oil revenues will be dedicated exclusively to education have been reinforced. The government can ill afford such largesse with a surging current account deficit of $6.48bn in May alone.
The saving grace is likely to be Brazil's natural resistance to change. Doctors unions are already up in arms about the import of medics, and insistent that doctors should be accredited by the national regulator and speak Portuguese. States continue to bicker about the destination of oil revenues with each of them wantinga slice of the pie. Most of the promises then amount to little more than that. Sadly, that is all Brazil can afford right now. The days of liberality are behind it.