A modest looking lady requests medical attention. The receptionist informs her that now this health care center is private and she has to pay. The voice of the narrator says something like of the NO wins “they will take away your missions”.
This scene is a TV ad by Chavez’ Government. It is a despicable ad, it represents an indescriptible low point, based on the crudest lie, of those you hope, according to Hitler, that is so exaggerated that it ends up being credible. What in the campaign of officialdom is not based on the figure of Chacumbele (Chávez), its based on the false manipulation of the good faith of the poorest sectors.
The smallest reflection by a victim of this dishonest campaign, will make him realize that this lie lacks any support from what is happening in real life. Or don’t misiones function in Zulia and Nueva Esparta States where the opposition governs? If in any of these two places its respective Governors had shut down even one Barrio Adentro module, don’t you think the noise form the loud birds of the official channel and from Chacumbele himself would have reached the sky? In Petare the new opposition mayor, Carlos Ocariz, found thirty Barrio Adentro modules completely destroyed and without doctors and he is rebuilding and reequipping them, as well as providing them with doctors. The lie has very short legs.
But beyond these confrontations between lies and facts that refute them, the reality is that in order to protect the social programs what is advisable is to vote NO, because if anyone has been reducing them to their minimum expression is the Government of Chacumbele itself.
According to PDVSA’s report on the subject, between January and September of last year, the contributions of the oil company to social programs were reduced 65.3% with respect to the same period in 2007: from 2.3 billion dollars they dropped to 804 million. According to PDVSA itslef, the misiones most affected by this brutal cut were Barrio Adentro, Mercal and Milagro. For this year 2009, in the budget approved by the national Assembly–even before there was talk of an economic crisis–, there is no increase considered for the misiones. Thus, what was reduced, stays reduced. “Say NO to letting them take away what is your” says the advertising from the Government,don’t let the Government take away what is yours giving away to the Givemesomething Group the money that is needed here. All those cuts were made in a year in which Venezuela’s average price for a barrel of oil was 88 US dollars. So far in 2009, that price has dropped down to 37 US dollars. If having the money in 2008, the misiones received much less financing, what will happen in 2009? Will they continue sacrificing misiones to pay for Russian weapons? Say NO to letting them take away what is yours.