While The Government Thinks Big on Housing, It Leaves People Behind

June 13, 2011

While the Government wants to make a big electoral fuss about housing, the truth is that it can’t deal with even smaller problems, failing to solve the emergency of refugees fro last December’s floods, while spending all of the resources in a program that wil not yield results for years.

Basically, Ministers scramble to please the Venezuelan President, leaving behind and even ignoring the poor souls that lost their homes last December. Even worse, they occupy properties “temporarily” and these installations are shut down or deteriorate as the problem is not solved.

Case in point is fifty year old “Hipodromo La Rinconada”, as reported by El Nacional a while back, the Caracas horse racetrack that Chavez ordered shut down six or seven years ago. The once beautiful race track:

was turned into temporary housing for some 2,300 families, as you can see in the picture below:

The “homes” of the refugees are divisions made of cardboard along the hallways of the racetrack, except that the Government never even finished that part, thus residents use black garbage bags to complete the “walls” of their residences inside the race track. The residents were promised drywall, but other priorities took Government officials elsewhere.

The temporary housing violates all rules about refugees, from the type of walls and roofs, to the type of facilities, to sanitary conditions. There are flies, garbage and improvised wiring joins the units. Residents use the top of the bunk beds to store stuff. Meanwhile, the once spectacular bleachers of the racetrack are used by the people to dry their clothes, sheets and bedspreads:

while horses still tran down at the track.

It’s bizarro Venezuela at its best.

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14 Responses to “While The Government Thinks Big on Housing, It Leaves People Behind”

  1. Ira Says:

    Holy crap:

    I went to that racetrack in 1988 with my cunado, and made a fortune that day.

    All I did was bet heavy, and bet the favorites.

  2. HalfEmpty Says:

    His promises are vignettes in a comedy running a random walk script.

    Too bad you didn’t lock your phrase. GONE in 10 seconds. I’ve so stolen that.

  3. Anonymouse Says:

    No Carlos, just a guy trying to make an honest buck.

  4. CarlosElio Says:

    Thank you for the details, AnoynyMouse. (Do you have a cousin called Mickey?). You seemed to be wired to the high priestesses of the government.

    If you design an experiment where two groups must accomplish a goal, say paint a house, and one group must obey one single person while the other group is free to discuss matters and take collective action, guess which group will end up with patches all over the walls, paint on their faces and stained floors, missing brushes, and wasted paint.

    Chavez is a true Marxist because that is what Marxism is all about: a new religion that in the name of a supernatural being that no one sees, the proletariat, is at the mercy of the supreme leader who uses the boogeyman of “class struggle” to crush anyone who dares to question his stupid dictates.

  5. Anonymouse Says:

    CarlosElio:

    He fires Clark Inciarte for rationalizing the price, but guess what, there are no resins to sell!!!

    For almost a year now, CORAMER, the comercial arm of PEQUIVEN that sells resins, has consistently failed to dispatch more than 50% of orders.

    Here’s a short sketch of a meeting that took place to solve the problem:

    hoy a las 2 pm se instalaron las mesas tecnica de apoyo al sector transformador ,donde estaba la ministro de comercio ,presidente de cadivi ,director del seniat ,director del banco central de venezuela ,ministro de bancos y presidente del banco de venezuela , ministro comercio, presidente de bandes y presidente de pequiven saul ameliach y avipla.

    So we had all the actors necessary to solve the problem, in one place.

    en lineas generales plantearon la necesidad de continuar con el REIMPULSO al sector que habia iniciado Saul Ameliach ,con creditos para equipos e importaciones de materia primas ,problemas laborales.

    Generally speaking, they committed to defend the plastics sector with credit facilities, help in solving labor problems, etc.

    dichas mesas se reuniran todos los lunes a las 2 pm para que los fabricantes lleven sus problemas para ayudar agilizarlos y ayudarlo para mantener el crecimiento del sector de un 8% interanual eso es lo que ellos dicen.

    Every monday, meetings to see where we stand and help where needed.

    Todo esto por instrucciones directas de hugo chavez frias ,patria socialismo o muerte confirmadas ayer .

    All by order of his nibs.

    expusieron planes de crecimiento de pequiven y de importaciones de materias primas.

    Fantasy Island

    asuntos destacados
    1-inversiones XXXXXX planteo que una filial de ellos esta parada por problemas sindicales y la ministro de comercio Sra betancourt . le dijo que ella iba hablar con la ministro del trabajo para solucionar el problema

    2-se trataron temas de AAD Y CADIVI tomo nota para resolver

    3-Pequiven consiguio que le exoneraran el gobierno los aranceles de importacion de materia prima lo cual les permitira traer materia prima mas barata para venezuela ,pero mas alta que la nacional quizas de 6 ahora a 10 la vendan.
    So, Pequiven won’t pay import duties, but raw material jumps almost 80% in cost

    4-el presidente del banco de venezuela menciono la posibilidad de dar credito a los transformadores para comprar materia prima a traves de pequiven ,ellos te dan el credito a nosotros y nosotros le pagamos a pequiven anticipado y ellos la traen son mas o menos 90 dias ( lo digo yo ) ,no hablo de la tasa pero dijo que el banco tiene mucho dinero.

    Banco de Venezuela said they have money to lend those who cannot pre-pay the raw materials.

    This was in February.

    Today

    Buen dia
    Estimados Srs.
    Ayer en la tarde ,con Avipla reunidos ,y representantes de coramer para evaluar el tema de actual problema de suminstros ,se le exigio que dijeran la real situacion del suministro y porque no se han hecho las importaciones que ellos se habian comprometido a realizar la compensar el deficit de mas del 30 % de los requerimientos del sector,ya que actualmente estamos con graves escasez de rubros como lineales ,baja densidad, bopp y que lo que dijeron que hace tres meses lo hiban a resolver .

    RESPUESTAS:
    1-.PEQUIVEN NO HA CONSEGUIDO LOS DOLARES PARA PREPAGAR LAS IMPORTACIONES POR LO TANTO EL ESQUEMA DE SUMINISTROS SE AGUDIZARA MAS.YA QUE LAS ORDENES DE COMPRA NO SE HAN PODIDO COLOCAR Y VENEZUELA NO TIENE CREDITO INTERNACIONAL ,Y TIENE QUE PREPAGAR TODO.
    (PEQUIVEN requires pre-payment because they can’t get credit terms from international suppliers, and cannot get dollars either)

    2-EL POCO MATERIAL QUE HAN PODIDO IMPORTAR LO REPARTIRAN Y LO VAMOS
    A PREPAGAR ANTES DE RECIBIRLO.ENTRE 10 Y 11 BS EL KILO

    3-MESA TECNICA SE REUNIRA EL PROXIMO LUNES DE NUEVO ,YA QUE LA ULTIMA FUE SUSPENDIDA , DICHA MESA EN LA ULTIMA REUNION EL PRESIDENTE DEL BANCO DE VENEZUELA DIJO QUE HABIA DINERO PARA EL SECTOR , LA SEMANA PASADA UNA COMISION DE AVIPLA ASISTIO A UNA REUNION EN EL BANCO ,PARA PEDIRLE QUE NOS DEN CREDITO PARA DARLE DINERO A PEQUIVEN Y ASI ELLOS NOS IMPORTEN LOS MATERIALES QUE NECESITAMOS , LA RESPUESTA FUE QUE ELLOS NO LO VAN HACER Y QUE EN CASO DE HACERLO LE DARAN PRESTAMOS A PEQUIVEN DIRECTAMENTE

    CONCLUSION :SE PERFILA QUE LA MESA TECNICA SERA COMO UN SHOW POLITICO PARA DECIR PUBLICAMENTE AL PAIS ,QUE EL GOBIERNO ESTA APOYANDO AL SECTOR

    POR LO TANTO EL PROBLEMA DE SUMINISTROS SE AGRAVARA MAS DEL ACTUAL

    Still a lack of raw materials, Banco de Venezuela said they don’t have money to lend, there have been ZERO meetings to help the sector.

    The whole thing was a show from start to finish, and they fired the one guy that was trying to do right.

    In his place they put in Saul Ameliach, who was fired from the same job for corrupt practices.

    Sorry Miguel for the rant.

  6. firepigette Says:

    I guess he is improving equality, OR as some prefer to say, reducing inequality:

    LA MISERIA ALCANZA PARA TODOS!

  7. CarlosElio Says:

    Here is the key to the understanding of current Venezuelan tragedy: “Basically, Ministers scramble to please the Venezuelan President”

    They serve an autocrat who demands absolute obedience. Pequiven’s then president, Clark Inciarte, decides to increase the price of a product made by Pequiven, and Chavez fires him upon learning of the price increases. http://cot.ag/c7KT1G

    Saying to Jaua “Aqui hay gobierno o no hay gobierno” the autocrat was calling attention to the fact that everybody has to check with him before deciding on anything. He is the government, he is the state.

    I once visited the tweeter time line of @clarkinciarte and I felt sorry for him and for Venezuela. Whatever he tweeted abut, he managed to add “patria socialismo o muerte, venceremos” So, most of what he said was Yes or No, maybe Perhaps. Imagine you have a classroom full of toddlers who are learning a play and everyone of them has to repeat the same lines. There you have the executive layer of the Venezuelan government.

    Add to that the fact that Chavez is the quintessential show man. He is a maestro of stage craft. For this man, the whole point of life is to act. His promises are vignettes in a comedy running a random walk script. There is no end point, there is no goal but to act. Launching the satellite is the whole point. The roaring of the solid rockets, the plume behind, the staggering figures of cost, altitude, potential, bandwidth, and so forth. But the gigantic effort that it takes to make the satellite deliver its social mission that so glamorously seasoned the announcement, that’s for the birds. It is bullshit and the boss is not interested in those things because the front-page making potential of training teachers day in and day out is low. So the man goes onto another crazy idea that will capture the front pages and everybody follows him and forgets about the satellite.

    Viewed behind the lens of work, the consumption of energy to produce an effect, the picture that emerges is one of a perpetual fireworks display. A lot of energy and resources are consumed to produce zero useful work, just fodder for font page worthless news. The country continues its march towards misery and utterly failure.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Speed- racism is not popular on blogs that are not pro-Chavez.

  9. Roberto N Says:

    Speed prefers the other type of cock fight, I guess, right Speedo?

  10. JAU Says:

    MIguel, whatever he touches, he turns it into a barrio, including the mind of his followers

  11. Speed Gibson Says:

    cock fights? thats a true mark of sub human behavior…..by any group….we have that problem here in the Pacific NW because of all the mescan illegals……..scum

  12. moctavio Says:

    It is fine to shut it down, but not to turn it into a barrio.

  13. island canuck Says:

    While La Rinconada may be Imperialistic it sure is a big hit with the pueblo, at least here in Margarita. There are dozens of off track betting places here where the locals go every weekend to watch the races on TV & make their bets.

    There are also dozens of illegal locations where on a Sunday you’ll see dozens of cars parked in front of some house with no obvious explanation. It’s either off track betting or cock fights. 🙂

    Chavez would be wise not to screw with one of the few pleasures left for his followers.

  14. RWG Says:

    Chavez gets two for one. Shuts down the Imperialist horse track plus gets some high value publicity about helping people find housing.

    Did Chavez talk with the horse owners or track owners first?

    I guess the horses will have to move into Miraflores and eat at the same food trough as Chavez.


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