Target: President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Goal: Commend President Kirchner for supporting literature and those who are creating it
In an attempt to spur social spending, the city of Buenos Aires has activated a pension plan that will be granted to writers and authors. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner signed the bill into law during the summer of 2012, allowing all eligible authors of retirement age to receive financial support. Applaud President Kirchner for supporting aging writers and authors who have worked diligently on creating literature their entire lives.
Those who will qualify for the pension must be of retirement age (65), must have demonstrated their literary talent by having at least 5 books published or have dedicated their time to writing creatively for no less than 20 years. Moreover, the pensions are limited to writers of poetry, fiction, plays, and literary essays. Once qualified, the city is also offering tax exemptions when purchasing books as well as subsidies to independent publishers.
While many European nations are striving to cut down on social benefits, Argentina is doing just the opposite. In recent years, an attempt to eradicate inequality was initiated by granting pensions to more than two million people who had worked in the informal sector. Although this method to increase social spending has been successful under the presidency of Mrs. Kirchner, a growing concern among officials is that this type of spending won’t be sustainable.
Many authors are quite enthusiastic about the new pension as some have been working well into their 70’s to earn enough money in order to support themselves financially. Alberto Laiseca, a 71 year old author of horror fiction, states that “the program is magnificent, delivering some dignity to those of us who have toiled our entire life for literature.” Commend President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for creating a pension plan, enabling financial support for retired authors and literary writers.
Dear Mrs. Kirchner,
Argentina has harbored some of the best literary novelists of all time including Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, and Beatriz Guido. Even in the 20th century, 8 out of 22 Argentine authors were selected as the best young novelists by Granta magazine.
Until recently, many writers have had to work well past the retirement age in order to earn enough money to support themselves. Several retirees have also had to rely on financial support from family members. Fortunately, this pension program grants a monetary sum to those who are eligible, easing that heavy financial burden. Many are enthusiastic and agree that “the pensions reflect how Argentina has sought to bolster what is already one of the strongest literary traditions in the Spanish-speaking world.” Therefore, I commend your efforts to support literature and those that dedicate their life’s work to creating it.
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