In Venezuela, Country Of Controls, Cash Is King

October 7, 2013

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Nothing can illustrate better the lawlessness, irresponsibility and lack of equality that currently rules Venezuela that this item from the international news, accompanied by this item today.

First, we hear that the official (funcionario) from the National Institute for Sports (IND) was not involved in money laundering. It was not money laundering, because the guy was authorized. Never mind the law, whether Bulgarian or Venezuelan laws. Because in both countries, you have to declare cash above a certain amount.

According to this website, you have to declare above 8,000 leva in Bulgaria, whether you are importing or exporting them. That is about 4,000 euro if you were wondering. So, if Mr. Funcionario Official was carrying euro 407,000, he was money laundering, violating Bulgarian law, whether the Embassy likes it or not.

But incredibly, these “funcionarios” from the Bulgarian Embassy forget that we live in Venezuela, where you have to declare over US$ 10,000 when you leave the country. If you don’t, you were also money laundering.

A country where anyone, anyone “normal” of course, has to fill out and hand in folders to Cadivi, to obtain approval. We are talking about all sorts of forms, filled out individually, to get no more, that is the regulation, than US$ 3,000 in your credit card for travel abroad. Legally, there are no exceptions to these rules. It’s the law of the land. Except Chavismo seems to believe that the law only applies to everyone else. Particularly for non-Chavistas.

But really, do you trust a “funcionario” to carry that much cash in a country where nobody can carry cash in foreign currency? Who supervises handing out the cash? Spending it? Really, please….

How much cash did Maduro’s delegation carry in China? No wonder they wanted to get out of the airplane in Vancouver and go shopping after their sudden departure in Beijing…

But really. Think about it. In the country of controls, where to get even small nominal amounts, you have to submit folders, prove you are alive, got to the bank two or three times, get a ticket, get receipts, use only your credit card, except for small cash amounts, but some flunky is given over half a million euros to “carry”, like a drug mule, through the Maiquetia airport, the airport where you can get drugs out, only if you are exporting over a Ton a time, but not smaller amounts.

Same as with cash.

But just like you can not export drugs, it is illegal to export large amounts of cash, even if you are a Chavista. Except it seems as if cash is king for Chavistas. Remember Antonini? He was also above the law.

But somehow for Chavismo, it is one thing to be a member of PSUV, a Chavista, or you and me. This Government is all about discrimination. This Government is all about creating two classes of people. It is about having laws that apply to others, but not to you. Because they are the all powerful Government.

Except Bulgaria is not Venezuela, the same way that Argentina was not Venezuela, even if Antonini’s plane was chartered by PDVSA.

And these are the cases in which they get caught, imagine how many there are where nothing happens. Nobody gets caught. A million euros, two million euros? For Chavismo, the sky is the limit.

I mean, the country does not even have a Comptroller, just some flunky who is a member of PSUV and nobody knows her name. (I think it is a she). Becuase Chavismo does not one to appoint anyone who is not loyal to them.

Nobody is watching, Bolichicos y Bolichicas, take advantage of it.

Meanwhile, pendejos y pendejas (Buddies of mine). Fill out your forms. Hand in your folders. Travel. Spend you money wisely and legally. Hand in your receipts. Get ready to be suspended. Remember you are second class, even if you comply, they may still jail you. You are guilty until proven innocent.

You are just not a Chavista, sorry!

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29 Responses to “In Venezuela, Country Of Controls, Cash Is King”

  1. Nico Toscani Says:

    I apologize for all the posts. I have been doing this for a decade and this is unbelievable. It’s back to basics. It’s hard to understand what the locals are going through and the seeming lack of will to investigate things and get to the bottom of easy stories.

  2. Nico Toscani Says:

    Maduro was stringing EADS-Airbus along with an order for 15 civilian jets of various types, two military helicopters and two military tanker transports. But there where several catches: Air Force One and Air France One.

  3. Nico Toscani Says:

    They where in negotiations with Airbus to buy two military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports (MRTT). There’s a big lie with Airbus.

    http://www.airbusmilitary.com/Aircraft/A330MRTT/A330MRTTAbout.aspx

  4. Nico Toscani Says:

    They have a problem telling the truth as evidenced in this October 2 official communique from the military high command regarding another hard landing in Bolivia that seriously damaged the military transport aircraft (it’s stuck in Bolivia). Lying and covering up accidents is the norm.

    http://www.aviacion.mil.ve/images/pdf/COM-001-AMB-2013.PDF

  5. Nico Toscani Says:

    Maduro drags Airbus into this when they have nothing to do with it. The aircraft has been in storage at ‘Sabena technics’ a maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) provider. They are paying to hide the aircraft in the hangar!

  6. Nico Toscani Says:

    On Thursday, September 26, Airbus told El Univesal that it’s not Airbus’ problem and it’s not a warranty issue: “Those are problems that happen once in a while in operative planes”

    http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/130926/airbus-offers-help-after-failures-found-in-venezuelan-presidential-pla

  7. Nico Toscani Says:

    OT: BRoV Air Force One is here http://goo.gl/Vch5Jw since late Feb – early March stemming from landing phase accident.

    Recent hard landings

    ANA Boeing 767-300 Hard Landing Creases Fuselage at Tokyo Narita June 12, 2012

    Southwest Boeing 737 Hard Landing Collapses Gear at LaGuardia July 23, 2013

  8. Island Canuck Says:

    Today he will go to the AN to ask for his enabling law to allow him to be more of a dictator than he already is. He’s using the corruption excuse but that’s BS. It’s all about absolute power.

    He needs 99 votes to get what he wants which means someone in the oppo side must vote along with the Chavistas. As this is not a likely scenario it will mean that some have been bought (corruption to achieve a fight against corruption). It will be interesting to see who it is. Talk about losing your credibility in seconds.

    • Roy Says:

      At this point, that falls into the category of “Selling your soul.” But, everyone has a price. I don’t doubt that they will find a few willing to betray their country for “a few pieces of silver”.

      • m_astera Says:

        Roy-

        Not everyone has a price in money or blackmail. Not everyone. There are people in this world to whom honor means more than life. I don’t think there are any with honor who still support chavixmo.

  9. Glenn Says:

    MIguel you could also add the question “who pays for these types of expenses in cash these days.” Those are government issue Amex or other credit card type expenses. It is a huge risk of theft to carry around that much cash.

    The embassy statement is asinine. The Venezuela government is convinced it’s citizenry are idiots and assumes the rest of the world is the same.

    • Charlie Says:

      A lot of our citizens do seem to be idiots. Go to Aporrealos and read the comments on this issue ……… “it’s normal for government officials to handle and carry this much cash” …… “they in fact needed this much cash to pay for their expenses”, etc. etc. etc.

  10. Manuel Says:

    Exactly. So he disregards the normal procedures, gets penalized for it, and then on top of it all he complains and the US is the bad guy! What a complete waste of space that guy is. Same exact thing that happened with the fly over fiasco recently. the US requests 3 days to apply for flights in their air space, they apply for it the DAY before the flight…and guess what, yup, the evil empire is at it again.

    This government cant even follow normal diplomatic protocol, how can they possibly be expected to run a country??

  11. Humberto Says:

    The incident reminds me of when Maduro (as a foreign minister) was detained at JFK. One of the red flags was that he paid for his ticket back to Caracas in cash!

    Here is the story in case anybody needs to recall the details: http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/09/23/fm.detained/

  12. Manuel Scettri Says:

    This entire situation reminds me of an incident I witnessed once in Spain (could be anywhere really, the location is irrelevant). In any case, a lady was parked badly, I think double parked if I recall correctly, and she walked up to her car right as a cop was writing her a ticket. The lady saw this from several feet away and starts to jog over yelling “Thats my car thats my car!”. Oh yeah? Well heres your ticket.

    Point is, who the hell are you and what the hell do I car if this is YOUR car?? you broke the law you idiot and heres the fine that goes with it. So the government employee was AUTHORIZED to carry the money so Bulgaria should just say oh, you were aaauuuthorized, so sorry, right this way. These people seriously make me puke…its gotten to the point where they just feel like they can do whatever the hell they want even outside of Venezuela. Obviously INSIDE Venezuela they can…but to think that even outside they can is taking the arrogance to another level!

    • Paul Says:

      Unbelievable arrogance as Manuel states. These government people think nothing of trying to break laws outside Venezuela because they are so accustomed to doing the same within Venezuela.What other country would send an employee ouside the country with half a million in cash to supposedly pay for some provided service? Makes you wonder what the truth is given the total government corruption.

  13. Ira Says:

    Another test.

  14. Ima Sample Says:

    iPhone post test.

  15. NorskeDiv Says:

    Hey, they are really diversifying Venezuelan exports. Now Venezuela exports tons of cocaine, and bags full of Euros!

  16. Jacques Says:

    “All animals are equal, but some animal are more equal than others”

  17. Boludo Tejano Says:

    It’s the law of the land. Except Chavismo seems to believe that the law only applies to everyone else. Particularly for non-Chavistas….You are just not a Chavista, sorry!

    Which is the way that Chavismo applies the law. Consider how the laws against corruption have been applied- against leading oppo figures, for the most part.

    As Miguel points out, it is no surprise that the same rule of thumb applies with regard to taking money out of the country.

    [Apparently the most effective way to take money out of the country is in efectivo. Sorry about that. 🙂 ]

    • Ronaldo Says:

      “Except Chavismo seems to believe that the law only applies to everyone else.”

      The real danger is when groups of people are not protected by laws. Laws are also to protect citizens against wrong doing. Non-Chavistas cannot expect to be protected by laws like Chavistas. Ruling Chavistas are allowed to do whatever their whims allow to others with no recourse.

      In the end, Chavistas do not believe in laws. Maduro has a sixth grade education with no concept of why a constitution exists or why laws must be universally applied.

      It is time to get a lawyer like Capriles to straighten out the country.


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