Upon his arrival at Orly airport in France on Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro pointed out that 97% of Venezuelans eat their three meals despite economic “sabotage” led by “the Right”. The expression, “the Right”, is Nicolás’s way of expressing his paranoia that all the problems are the fault of someone other than the pantomime government he is leading following the disastrous populist repression of the fool Chavez. The figure of 97% is a new line in silly statistics from Nicolás and an obvious error given the food shortages. Then again, only a repressive socialist regime would even dare to claim it followed people’s eating habits in such a detailed way.
He further outlined that socialism has been able to solve problems that capitalism has not. He did not name any of these great solutions of course.
Addressing dissenters, the Venezuelan president said, “you must accept that Venezuela is making progress in the hands of socialism; the world agrees on that.”
Nonsense will not improve Venezuela, action might – do something useful!!
Not many bloggers would want to publish criticism of their own blogs. The comment above was made about this blog, but without disputing any factual content, by someone called Eva Golinger. In case you don’t know who she is, let me introduce her as no less a person, according to Hugo Chávez, than “La Novia de Venezuela” (the darling of Venezuela) and a blogger with a Chavist point of view. If you look her up on Wikipedia, you will find the following: “A review of her first book by Veneconomy, a political and economic research publication in Venezuela, claims that Golinger manipulated sources and states that the documents she cites in the text of the book do not correspond to the footnotes in the book: “In none of the cases where she makes a specific citation of an official [U.S. government] document is there a quote affirming what she states.” Veneconomy claims that Golinger attributes quotations that do not exist. Veneconomy’s review said it found dozens of instances of what they considered sloppy work, manipulation of sources, false and chronologically inaccurate claims, and amateur historiography.”
Please feel free to draw your own conclusions about who writes nonsense!
There is no reduction in the level of paranoia gripping the Venezuelan government. Nicolas always blames others and now Cabello and Jaua are showing desperate signs of the same weakness. Capriles has met Santos, President of Colombia. Anywhere else in the world, the meeting of an opposition leader with a neighbouring country’s senior administration would be a routine matter, but not in Venezuela.
Venezuelan parliament speaker Cabello compared the meeting to “placing a bomb on the train” and Foreign Minister Jaua said the meeting would require him, ” to study Venezuela’s role as a facilitator in the peace accord between FARC and the Colombian government”. Mr Capriles compared the criticism of his meeting with President Santos to “mosquito bites”.
It is pathetic to watch this attempt to stop meetings and to curb free speech. Only huge insecurity and a sense of paranoia can be behind it – else, why all the fuss? Chavismo, and now its successor, has led the Venezuelan government to look ridiculous and isolated and it continues to take every wrong turn possible. No one will think that this repressive regime has any credibility if it continues to behave like this, particularly whilst its legitimacy is still under scrutiny.
You must allow people to talk – democracy and free speech: embrace them both!
Based on information from the Finance Ministry, the domestic debt in Venezuela at the end of March 2010 amounted to USD 24.6 billion. In March 2013 it stood at USD 48.6 billion – a staggering increase of 97.5% in just three years. Levels of public expenditure sanctioned by Chavez with a complete disregard for public accountability and any sense of what could be reasonably maintained, even at record oil prices, have led to this alarming increase. The Government has been forced to borrow given that record oil revenues and tax collection are not enough to meet rocketing public expenditure. The nonsense underlying the repressive populism of Chavismo is clear to be seen. Now Venezuelans are having to pay the bill. massive devaluations, the last by 32% in February 2013, are making the problem worse.
Venezuela is a broken and “broke” country – brilliant, Hugo.
Many of the faithful within Venezuela have started to worry about just how bad things have become. The Catholic Church in Venezuela has said it is running out of wine and can no longer afford communion wafers because of nationwide shortages of basic supplies.
As always, the pathetic rhetoric of Nicolas is to blame someone else – he claims shortages are due to an opposition-led conspiracy and price speculations. God consorting with the godless – really?? The truth is more prosaic – state interference in the economy and inadequate domestic production.
Oil-rich Venezuela relies on imports, but currency controls have restricted its ability to pay for foreign goods, a reason for the shortages. Supplies of milk, sugar, cooking oil and corn flour – which is used to make Venezuela’s national dish, the arepa – are all affected as are sanitary items and basic toiletries like soap and toothpaste.
The main international news headlines about Venezuela are about exactly the things that no government should become involved in – the flow of small commercial items through an open market system. Nowhere in the world is there more proof that foolish market interference does not work. As previously noted in these columns the answer is called a shop – see below.
Scatalogical jokes abounded worldwide about the shortages of toilet paper. More jokes will now follow and Venezuela is beginning to look more and more like a Banana Republic. How long will the citizens of a self-proclaimed rich country with the largest proven oil reserves in the world put up with this folly? Will it just end up toppling the useless Maduro and letting hardliner Cabello and his military friends nearer to power or will common sense prevail and give Venezuela a government which will govern and address the major issues?
Venezuela needs to address and solve: record murder rates, chronic power cuts, food shortages, shortages of other basic household items, government interference in food distribution, risible official food prices which no-one can pretend are in effect or sustainable, rotten infrastructure, huge levels of corruption and a ridiculous paranoia which blames every problem on conspiracies from outside forces.
No one needs a conspiracy to help Maduro make a mess of everything – he is no better than the fool Chavez who started this disaster.