Archive for August 10th, 2005

Electoral Board Stories

August 10, 2005

–The Head
of the Electoral Board (CNE) said before the vote last Sunday that he had polls
that said that 75% of Venezuelans trusted the CNE and this represented a high
number. I disagree. There should be NO reasons for people not to trust the
Electoral Board. If the CNE acted impartially, without confrontation, split
decisions and had listened to everyone, that approval rating should be in the
upper nineties, like it was in the past. This is another arrogant statement by
Mr. Rodriguez, who shows by just saying it that he has very low standards for
the job he is doing. Additionally, I believe that part of the large abstention
that we saw on Sunday was due to this mistrust in the CNE by both pro-Chavez
and anti-Chavez forces. (A poll today suggested 68% of the people do not trust
the CNE)

–There is
still no explanation of why it took so long to give out the results of Sunday’s
election. The whole point of making the whole process electronic (the cost was 20 bucks a vote!) was that
results would be given out immediately removing a possible source of mistrust
that the results were being tampered with. In fact, it was very strange that
before the polls had closed at 7 PM, Mr. Rodriguez gave out the precise
real-time number of how many people had voted between 4 PM and the time he was
speaking but it took over 12 hours to give us very basis incomplete results. How
can anyone explain this? What was going on?

I heard a lady on TV from the infamous Tupamaros group, questioning the results of the
election. She was actually a candidate for city councilman (woman), but
incredibly got zero votes according to the CNE. She said that her whole family
had voted for her, but the one thing she was sure of was that she herself voted her
name in So, she was asking, how could I get no votes at all? Good question, but
don’t expect an answer to it.

To the young people at the Festival by Teodoro Petkoff

August 10, 2005

To the young people at the Festival
by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

Hugo Chávez would have loved to issue a decree that would create a
Bolivar Square in every town of Venezuela, but they all exist since
long before him. There is a Bolivar Peak, but it was not Chávez that
baptized it. There is also a Bolivar State and it was not Hugo that
named it that way, nor was he the one that named Ciudad Bolivar the old
city of Angostura. There are Bolivar municipalities all over the place
and no town lacks a Bolivar Street or Avenue, or in its absence, one
called Libertador, which Bolivar is by antonomasia.

Chavez was not the one either that established that our currency would
have the name of the great man from Caracas. Unfortunately for the ego
of the President, the use and benefit from the figure of “El
Libertador” has been around for over one hundred years. Even worse,
several of our tyrants and/or autocrats protected their excesses and
abuses behind the sacred name of Don Simón (Bolívar) and his cult,
definitely, was implanted by guys with few credentials. Thus, youth of
the world, if they want to make you believe-as it is probable, because
Chavez wants to rewrite our history-that he rescued the “Father of the
homeland” of the oblivion that the “oligarchy” had submerged him in,
well, simply, they are lying to you. If you stay a few more days you
will not take long to realize that a lie is a structural feature of
this regime.

Perhaps they will take you around the country.
Ask if the great dams of Guri or those of the three Macaguas were built
by the revolution. You will be surprised. Don’t believe either that
Sidor (Steel works) and the aluminum companies are the work of
chavismo. Don’t be surprised in the face of the superb Cryogenic
Complex of the East, nor in front of the petrochemical plants of Morón
and El Tablazo: that were not built by the current Government either.

was not Chavez either that nationalized oil and iron, even though by
now they probably have attempted to have you pass that fast one on you.
You will see public schools even in the towns that are the furthest
apart. There are 23 thousand of them, as well as thousands of high
schools; in six and a half years this Government has not even built ten
of those and not one of these. We have 118 institutions of higher
education, between universities, technical schools and colleges. This
Government has only created one University, which is not operational,
and from which even the desks have been stolen by now. There are 260
hospitals and 3,600 ambulatories. The “revolution” has not built a
single one of them. What it has done is to allow for them to
deteriorate even further than they already had.

Chavez did
not build the Caracas subway, nor did he initiate the two new lines of
this one in the capital city, nor the Maracaibo and Valencia subways,
nor the second bridge over the Orinoco River, nor the Caruachi dam, nor
the Tuy railroad, great public Works that were begun during the
Government before the one of “I, the Supreme”, more than eight years
ago. He has limited himself to continue them but at the pace of the pet
tortoise of his daughter Rosines. If you see the bridge over Lake
Maracaibo and the one in Angostura, don’t believe the lie that they wee
built by Chávez. Don’t even ask about housing programs. Chávez himself
has devoted his time to crucify on TV his Minister of Housing and
Habitat (Pompous name, if there ever was one) for being incompetent. In
six and a half years this Government has handed over the same number of
housing units that the worst of the prior Governments would hand over
in only one year. In this country, there are 150 thousand kilometers of
paved roads and highways. This Government has not built, in six and a
half years, but some hundreds of Kilometers of that road network. Find
out, by the way, about the Macuro road, which was a famous promise of
Chávez, like the one to solve the problem of homeless street kids.

Ask, you will be left livid in the face of such “efficacy”

streets filled with street vendors are not a picturesque aspect of the
revolution, but a sample of the unemployment and sub employment that
agglomerates 60% of the population of working age. The garbage you see
in the streets, particularly in the barrios, please don’t believe that
it has been there since the previous Government.

It has been
manufactured integrally by chavismo. In fact, Chavez’ has by now become
the “previous Government” to which the national political folklore
always credited to be the cause of all ills.

In the end, boys
and girls, ask yourselves whether the huge amount of money that it cost
to bring, house, and feed you, has not been anything but another
artifice to widen the living pedestal of “the refounder of the
homeland”, whose birth date (28th of July), don’t be surprised that in
the Chavista Calendar of Saints, will be moved “just a few days” to
make it coincide with the 24th of July, the day in which Bolivar was
born. Our most shady tyrant of the last century, Juan Vicente Gomez,
was so “Bolivarian” that he boasted, look at that coincidence, we were
born that same day.