Deputy Javier Milei stressed the need to "return to the ideas of freedom." To achieve this, "we are going to put a huge number of liberal deputies, to have a luxury Congress," said the candidate for President of the Nation, who spoke at a luncheon before more than 250 businessmen, which he attended with a large group of leaders of La Libertad Avanza.
In any case, Milei said that if his proposals for change fail to pass the filter of Congress, "we will propose a binding referendum," to "eliminate the burden of the Central Bank" and "end inflation."
And have no doubt that if I enter the runoff, I am the next president of Argentina, "said Milei, despite the fact that the data of the polls of recent weeks reveal a fall in the intention to vote in favor of his candidacy. It went from an average adherence above 20 points to a level around 17 or 18 points.
Javier Milei in his presentation to the CICyP businessmen.
"Argentina has a huge inflationary and monetary crisis. Therefore, it is heading for a huge crisis," said the deputy, who proposed to get out of this situation by lowering the fiscal and trade deficit, privatizing public companies, opening to global competition and applying "the ideas of freedom."
Milei posed his "challenge to change", and move "from socialism to liberalism. Let the politicians pay for the adjustment this time," the presidential candidate said at a luncheon organized by the Inter-American Council of Trade and Production (CICyP) at the Alvear Hotel in the city of Buenos Aires.
There the candidate of La Libertad Avanza stated that Argentina's decline "began more than 100 years ago. The nineteenth century ended being the richest country in the world and today we are in 140th place, with 40% of poor and 5 million Argentines who do not have enough to eat. "
In a conversation with Clarín, at the end of the lunch, Milei said that he incorporated the recommendation of economist Juan Carlos de Pablo and spoke to the businessmen "as a candidate for president, not as an economist."
Crisis and dollarization
When a candidate for President presents his ideas, the proposals he presents to his audience are usually highlighted. But this time, the most important thing in Milei's presentation to more than 250 CICyP businessmen was that he did not explain about the dollarization of the economy, his proposal to get out of the crisis, which was questioned by De Pablo and on which he braided two days ago with Hernán Lacunza, the main economic advisor of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. in another event with entrepreneurs.
Milei just spoke about dollarization at the CICyP meeting when the presentation was opened to questions from businessmen and, in the first question, he was asked how he planned to reduce social plans.
He said that once the reforms he proposes to carry out, such as cutting public spending, with the "chainsaw plan and the elimination of public works", to move to a "Chilean model, financed by the private", together with labor flexibility, in addition to a unilateral opening of the economy, "there we will advance in parallel in dollarizing", said the candidate for President, almost as if in passing and without giving too many explanations about that proposal.
Later, the businessmen asked him how he was going to deal with the opposition that his economic plan could arouse, in case of reaching the Presidency of the Nation; and what would be its first measures of government and in what time they would be made,
"On the first day we started with the cut in the fiscal deficit, frying public spending. On the first day we also sent the reform of the financial system, which ends with the Central Bank. We have the commitment to lower inflation, I know how to do it and I have the courage to do it," he said.
Javier Milei and Victoria Villarruel, with the president of CICyP, Marcos Pereda.
Milei was presented at the event by the president of CICyP, Marcos Pereda, representative of the Argentine Rural Society, where he is vice president of that agricultural entity, who stressed his "hope that for the first time there is a sum of majority political forces that promote a program of liberal tone."
The presidential candidate was accompanied at the CICyP luncheon by his running mate Victoria Villarruel and his campaign "boss," his sister Karina Milei, as well as his press team and other libertarian candidates, such as Marcela Pagano, Carolina Píparo, Ramiro Marra, Alberto "Bertie" Benegas Lynch, Juan Nápoli, Sandra Pettovello and Councilman Juan Martín Tito. candidate for mayor of Pilar, among other leaders of his party space.
Milei arrived at the Hotel Alvear on time, at 12.30 pm, accompanied by the candidates for deputies Lila Lemoine (known as Lady Lemon on social networks) and "Bertie" Benegas Lynch, where he was received by the president of CICyP. From there Milei went up with both leaders of his space to the first floor, where he was with his makeup artist and hairdresser Lemoine, while the pre-lunch cocktail was held, which lasted an hour.
In that cocktail, the businessmen highlighted the operation of the "Baglini theorem" in Milei, in relation to the fact that "the further away you are from power, the more irresponsible are the political statements; But the closer you are to power, the more reasonable and sensible the proposals of politicians become."
Javier Milei in his presentation to the entrepreneurs of Cicyp.
That is why, at this CICyP event, Milei practically did not talk about dollarization or the marginal role that he initially assigned to banks; while simultaneously stressing the importance of having many deputies in Congress.
Businessman Eduardo Eurnekian gave the closing speech of the event, outside the protocol, where he asked for a toast to Milei and said: "I honestly wish, Javier, that you have the opportunity to demonstrate to Argentine society that order, discipline, coherence is the only path that leads to the success of nations."
After lunch, Milei stayed for a while talking with the businessmen and went for a coffee at the hotel with his running mate Victoria Villarruel and businessman Eduardo Eurnekian, founder and president of Corporación América. In fact, Milei highlighted in his speech at the CICyP that he was hired for 15 years in Eurnekian's company, where he was chief economist of the group.
Some of the businessmen who were also present at the CICyP luncheon were Mario Grinman, president of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Services; Adelmo Gabbi, president of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange; Nicolás Pino, president of the Argentine Rural Society; and Gustavo Weiss, president of the Argentine Chamber of Construction among others.
Precisely, it was Gustavo Weiss who after lunch came out to question Milei's proposal to eliminate public works and move to a model financed only by the private. "The most developed countries have only 20% of their public works under that system. 80% is done with funds from the national, provincial or municipal Treasury, because there are countless works throughout the country that have no repayment, "said Weiss, in dialogue with journalists who attended the event. He added: "What he says is not viable, it is totally unfeasible, although I fully agree with liberal ideas."
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