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The beginning of that great “one by one” lie had an exact date: March 27, 1991.
27 March 1991: Convertibility Act
Once upon a time there was a country where we all thought our coin was worth a lot. That we could go to Miami and feel local, because our weight was worth the same as the dollar . A country that lived inside a bubble for more than 10 years, with party people, eating pizza with champagne.
The beginning of that great “ one by one ” lie had an exact date: March 27, 1991. On that day, the Convertibility Act was passed by Minister Domingo Cavallo , which established a fixed exchange rate relationship between the national and the US currency , and brought a multitude of problems that would end up exploiting a decade later.
No one saw it coming: no one wanted to see it coming . We were all carefree and satisfied by squeezing out the last remnants of the “economic stability” that had done us so much good after the hyperinflation of the Alfonsinist government. But the bubble one day got pricked.
And what happened? Corralito, devaluation, inflation (again), crises, looting, helicopter and the harsh reality: they had lied to us for more than 10 years and the effects of that lie would last many more. What would have happened if the Carlitos of '90s had known that today we'd have a dollar around 20 pesos ? Surely — and all the more reason — they would have confirmed the plane's reservation.
Publication Date: 20/04/2018
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