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My Kind of President
11-16-2012, 05:12 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Amazing stuff. blink.gif

It's a common grumble that politicians' lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president - who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.

This is the residence of the president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, whose lifestyle clearly differs sharply from that of most other world leaders.

President Mujica has shunned the luxurious house that the Uruguayan state provides for its leaders and opted to stay at his wife's farmhouse, off a dirt road outside the capital, Montevideo.

The president and his wife work the land themselves, growing flowers.

This austere lifestyle - and the fact that Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity - has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world.

"I can live well with what I have."

His charitable donations - which benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs - mean his salary is roughly in line with the average Uruguayan income of $775 (£485) a month.

"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," he says.

"This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself," he says.

"I may appear to be an eccentric old man... But this is a free choice."

Mujica accuses most world leaders of having a "blind obsession to achieve growth with consumption, as if the contrary would mean the end of the world".

Read all about this awesomeness here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20243493

11-16-2012, 05:24 AM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Quote:"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," he says.

"This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them

A very wise man. You can't take it with you.

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11-16-2012, 05:24 AM #3
yankees skier
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Good for him.

Biere.
11-16-2012, 05:28 AM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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I wonder how long till the US needs to invade his hippie ass for national security reasons. chuckle.gif
11-16-2012, 05:29 AM #5
yankees skier
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chuckle.gif the moment he strikes oil or decides to go on the gold standard.

Biere.
11-16-2012, 05:40 AM #6
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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rofl.gif No shït.

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11-16-2012, 06:06 AM #7
オタマジャクシ Member
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He is richer than any president I know, in more ways than I can describe.
11-17-2012, 08:50 PM #8
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20243493 Video interview at the BBC site
Quote:It's a common grumble that politicians' lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president - who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.

Laundry is strung outside the house. The water comes from a well in a yard, overgrown with weeds. Only two police officers and Manuela, a three-legged dog, keep watch outside.

This is the residence of the president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, whose lifestyle clearly differs sharply from that of most other world leaders.

President Mujica has shunned the luxurious house that the Uruguayan state provides for its leaders and opted to stay at his wife's farmhouse, off a dirt road outside the capital, Montevideo.

The president and his wife work the land themselves, growing flowers.

This austere lifestyle - and the fact that Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity - has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world...."I've lived like this most of my life," he says, sitting on an old chair in his garden, using a cushion favoured by Manuela the dog.

"I can live well with what I have."..."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," he says.

"This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself," he says.

"I may appear to be an eccentric old man... But this is a free choice.".... He is also supporting a debate on the legalisation of the consumption of cannabis, in a bill that would also give the state the monopoly over its trade.

"Consumption of cannabis is not the most worrying thing, drug-dealing is the real problem," he says.....
11-17-2012, 09:02 PM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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11-17-2012, 09:04 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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11-17-2012, 09:07 PM #11
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Oh yeah, there is a search button on the top of the page.
11-17-2012, 09:13 PM #12
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(11-17-2012, 09:04 PM)Octo Wrote:  Yes, awesome guy is awesome beercheer.gif

http://kritterbox.com/showthread.php?tid=10064


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Ahh poop, I didn't see that, usually only browse for the first page.

Thanks for embedding the Video, UniqueStranger

When I saw the Dog, I remembered what JR said, he would vote for Rog' for Prez and Beepers as his VP chuckle.gif and it happened in Uruguay! The man went through hell to get in his position though.
11-17-2012, 09:15 PM #13
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(11-17-2012, 09:13 PM)Prometheus Wrote:  
(11-17-2012, 09:04 PM)Octo Wrote:  Yes, awesome guy is awesome beercheer.gif

http://kritterbox.com/showthread.php?tid=10064


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Ahh poop, I didn't see that, usually only browse for the first page.

Thanks for embedding the Video, UniqueStranger

When I saw the Dog, I remembered what JR said, he would vote for Rog' for Prez and Beepers as his VP chuckle.gif and it happened in Uruguay! The man went through hell to get in his position though.


What title would we give Rog as Pres? The Travelling Poet Prez?
11-17-2012, 09:23 PM #14
Octo Mother Superior
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Roger would be a great prez if he appoints me as an adviser. fatman.gif

11-17-2012, 09:27 PM #15
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(11-17-2012, 09:23 PM)Octo Wrote:  Roger would be a great prez if he appoints me as an adviser. fatman.gif


Chef in Chief Octo

İmage

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