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Chavismo in Wonderland

July 20, 2010

Chavismo lives in a wonderful world where everything works and everything is beautiful. At least that must be what his assistants tell the President based on his speeches. During the last week, we have heard him say that by now there are only 600 homeless kids left in the country, which is not only very far from the truth, but is still above his promise that he would resign if in five years there were any homeless kids left in the country. Deadline is past and there are far more than in 1998, but Chavez no longer goes to the streets and see the people. He is afraid, but he lives in wonderland. (According to chiguire, he will wait until they grow older)

We were also told that soon malnutrition will be eliminated in Venezuela, while all indicators say precisely the opposite. According to the most serious studies on Chavez’ first year in power, the only improvement was a temporary increase in purchasing power of the power, since decimated by inflation, but quality of life, including malnutrition has deteriorated. But Chavez does not read studies, he gets his own pad of paper out, scribbles numbers and draws some bars and that is the answer to the problem. He also asks his Ministers who tell him all is wonderful in Venezuela.

Like the Minister of Health, who when confronted with the possibility of dramatic increases in several illnesses, like dengue fever, malaria and encephalitis, denied emphatically this was the case. When told that this came from the data of the Government’s own epidemiological bulletin, she did what any Chavista would do to eliminate the problem: She postponed the publication of the bulletin and quickly the rosy country gained its luster as all of these endemic diseases were done away with and the country returned to the wonderful state of Chavismo. The Bulletin will supposedly be published soon after a three year hiatus that gave peace to all Venezuelans, but we suspect we may never see it.

And Daniel has told us about Chavez remarkable statement than in a few years food will be shipped out of the La Guaira port to the world. Daniel notes the physical impossibility of this even if the food was produced due to the infrastructure, but Chavez does not yet seem to understand that the Pudreval affair is due to his Government importing all sorts of foodstuffs from everywhere in the world in such large amounts that ports could not handle it, mostly Puerto Cabello and Maracaibo, but certainly never Maracaibo. If such simple facts can not be grasped by the Dictator, what hope is there for him to understand monetary liquidity or God forbid, how the economy creates employment. That is the advantage of living in Chavez fantasyland.

And since Chavez found a well trained and educated revolutionary on seismic matters, hey, why not appoint him as Minister of Transportation and insure Funvisis will deteriorate and the transport Ministry will not function, no? But I was certainly surprised when the newly appointed Minister complained about the destabilizing plan executed via the subway system. There were two such destabilizing events. In the first one, power went off early on a Monday, stopping the trains. After half an hour, there were no announcements, no help. Imagine packed trains with little air, in the dark, claustrophobic. After almost an hour, the passengers decided to save themselves, windows were broken, doors were forced open. To Complete the sabotage, National Guardsmen were ready waiting for the passengers, repression and threats followed.

I was so glad that a well educated man was in charge of the subway so he could clearly identify the effort by the opposition to destabilize the Chavez Government via the subway system. It shows that the Chavista wonderland is only above the surface, not below. Which must be the reason why hoodlums have taken to go to the subway and rob wagons full of passengers of all their belongings in the middle of the ride. It’s only fair, democratize crime, take it everywhere it belongs or there are belongings that can be carried easily. Below and above the surface to make this a single Bolivarian wonderland.

And how about the Minister of Education boasting that 80% of school kids go to public schools. Isn’t that wonderful? Except that some person that wants to get a higher degree in this intellectual wasteland just happened to be studying the problem and she comes up with a whole different number. And it ain’t 80%…

It is 78% in “initial” education, 83% in primary school, the only period in which the Minister’s word are correct and 72% in Secondary School from 1st.  to 3th. grade and 70% in Secondary School from 4th. to 6th. grade. Not pretty, even if the Minister does not understand the numbers of the system she presides over.

And it is a wonderfully free country, one in which a corrupt, militaristic, guerrilla supporter like Rodriguez Chacin can come out and say that the number one problem in the country is the exhumation of Simon Bolivar’s body. Farc in Venezuela? Nah!!! 30% inflation? Nah!!! 18,000 homicides a year? Nah!!! 120,000 Tons of food wasted? Nah!!! US$ 3.5 billion stolen in the banking system? Nah!!!

This is Chavismo in Wonderland, the number one problem here is the exhumation of Simon Bolivar’s body. We just forgot why it was why we wanted to do it. But things are so peachy, that it is indeed the only real problem in our beleaguered land…