THE AMERICAS: The Foundations Move

Brazilians have a joke they like to tell on their popular Dictator-President Getulio Vargas. It concerns Sao Pedro Church, still standing in the middle of Rio de Janeiro's newly constructed, three-mile Getulio Vargas Avenue.

"We will freeze the church foundations," they say, "and move it on a track of ice. If that works, we will freeze old Pão de Açucar and move it from the harbor entrance.* Then, if that succeeds, we will freeze Getulio and move him out of the way for a democracy."

President Vargas knows the joke and chuckles over it....

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