Venezuela: Yes, They Really Said That!

September 8, 2011

-Central Bank President Merentes: “Almost all sectors of the economy grew, with the exception of construction.”

Must be the effect of that great plan called Mision Vivienda…Priorities always seem to screw up the sector chosen under Chavez.

Former everything Minister for Chavez Jesse Chacon: “We have to continue with Chavez, mejor malo conocido, que bueno por conocer (Better the bad one you know than a good one to get to know)”

Glad to see him acknowledging Chavez is bad, but he is simply sooo bad, he needs to leave…

Minister for Electricity and former guerrilla leader Ali Rodriguez: “People have a right to express their disgust and disagreement, but these (the protests) are criminal activities that inevitably lead to the use of force”

You have to love that coming from former guerrilla commander “Faust”, who spent thirty years shooting people and was apparently the last guerrilla member to give up in 1983, years after the guerrilla movement was dead in Venezuela.

Hugo Chavez himself: “We neglected the electrical sector”

Nooo! Wasn’t it El Niño? Or was it La Niña? Wasn’t it a boycott by the opposition? Ah! You did nothing for twelve years, you finally got it!

Hugo, in the end, you have neglected Venezuela…

Minister Ali Rodriguez (again): “Logic says that gasoline and energy prices have to be increased”

Yes Ali, after twelve years this seems “logical”, but logic is not Hugo’s Government’s strength, irrationality seems more like it. It was him that stopped the last scheduled gasoline price increase under Caldera in 1998 and froze Electric rates 8 years ago. Thus, he will keep gasoline and electricity prices where they are until he leaves, whether in 2012 or 2030. That’s his logic!

And speaking of price increases, user of Movistar complained about the company’s rate increases and Indepabis quickly responded freezing the company’s rates and starting an investigation and sanctioning them. Well, with 30% inflation and the fact that the company does not receive as much foreign currency as Movilnet and now no price increase, then users should get ready to have deteriorating service. In Movilnet, that is guaranteed due to the lack of investment, nothing like insuring your future is bleak due to stupidity! (Disclosure: I am not a Movistar subscriber!)

18 Responses to “Venezuela: Yes, They Really Said That!”

  1. CharlesC Says:

    “We neglected the electrical sector”-
    Chavez said. -But, Chavez did not
    neglect Gambia, or Cuba…
    Who the hell is this “we” -Chavez
    and Bolivar?
    That’s right- Chavez and Fidel-actually
    Fidel sent his “best man” to help
    Venezuela- and what a big help-yeah?

  2. CharlesC Says:

    “Almost all sectors of the economy grew, with the exception of construction.
    Total BS- how about tourism?
    How about new businesses start ups?
    How about farm production?
    What a bunch of lies…

  3. CharlesC Says:

    Chacon- what an idiot. I would prefer to “get to know a good one”-
    let’s take a vote.

    • CharlesC Says:

      The quotation-implies that people are stupid- they prefer to be controlled and ordered about than to LEARN to live in a good environment with good, understanding people around.
      This is a reflection of what Chacon thinks of “el pueblo”..

  4. Roberto N Says:

    I have a relative at Movistar. He tells me they have several hundred million Bs. they are dying to re-patriate, with no luck. Now this.

    I bet that this is part of a squeeze play, how much do you want to bet some Boliburgues wants to buy Movistar Venezuela?

  5. island canuck Says:

    It couldn’t have happened to more worthy people:

    U.S. Sanctions Venezuela Officials, Citing Drug Ties

    The U.S. Treasury added Gen. Cliver Alcalá, who commands one of the Venezuelan army’s most important units, and Freddy Bernal, the former mayor of Caracas, now a ruling-party congressman, to the blacklist. The U.S. said Gen. Alcalá organized an arms-for-drugs route for the guerrillas and Mr. Bernal facilitated arms sales to the communist guerrillas.

  6. capitankane Says:

    Hey, great post. Brief but to the point

    I apologize for ladillando, but for the Chacon quote, the best translation I think would be “better the devil you know”.

    That’s actually the phrase I think most English speakers would use in that context, I’m not just mentioning it cos of your blog name.


  7. island canuck Says:

    Brilliant move:

    Mesa de la Unidad respetará decisión de la Corte IDH

    Ramón Guillermo Aveledo, hizo un llamado a las autoridades judiciales a abstenerse de manifestar opiniones que no son cónsonas con su investidura, ni con sus funciones constitucionales, en referencia a las declaraciones de la Presidenta del TSJ, en contra de la Corte Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos.

    Take the high ground.
    It’s a no lose posistion

  8. It’s the crab that fell upon us…

  9. Juan Cristóbal Nagel Says:

    Nice summary. BTW, if I were Movistar, I would simply make quality lower for chavista users only. They’re the ones who complained, and we know who they are thanks to Lista Tascon.

  10. Bloody Mary Dry Says:

    In the picture: Is that a plier removing a tick?
    Lovely, but where is the plier in the real world? I don’t see it.

    • chiguire Says:

      that’s not a tick its a “ladilla” as in “no seas ladilla” Commonly known by the rest of us as crabs

      • Roy Says:

        I think a more accurate translation would be “louse”, the plural of which is “lice”. “Crabs” is more generic and colloquial. It is also the source of the the word “lousy”, which originally meant full of lice, but which has evolved to mean simply “bad” or “sub-standard”.

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