Archive for August 11th, 2005

The poor helping the rich in the stupid revolution

August 11, 2005

I still can’t get over the fact that Venezuela will give cheap
financing for the Uruguayans to buy oil from Venezuela. I am revisiting
this topic because I thought it was a joke the first time I heard it. A
country with 68% poverty and a GDP per capita of $4,000 per year, will
subsidize oil for a country with a GDP per capita of US$ 12,000. Can
that make any sense? Why not ask for the same deal in return? Maybe
Uruguay could send us meat, which they produce a lot of and of very high
quality, under the same financial terms to Venezuela. Would they? Of
course not, they can sell it for full price at the international
markets (or even to Venezuela) and they feel no need to feed poor
Venezuelans in contrast with our President who will subsidize
Uruguayans going to Punta Del Este this summer. They can sure use it, with two star Hotels
at 160 bucks, cheaper gas can ease the pain on those poor Uruguayans
getting a tan at the beach down there during their month-long summer
vacation. Meanwhile the majority of their Venezuelan counterparts are
up here, getting a daily tan as they walk down the barrio, no car, no
public transportation either, for a job that pays a minimum salary
comparable to a night at that Hotel in Punta del Este. Hey! since we
are down there expressing our solidarity, maybe we can buy their crappy
airline too and solve that silly problem for them too. Next stop: Venezuela helps
out Malaysia with its problems. No, No, let’s help those people from
Singapore, they really need it! .