Today’s El Universal has an article entitled “The future that never arrived”; it is a tribute to the incompetence, inefficiency and emptiness of this so called revolution. The article mostly quotes all of the promises of Hugo Chavez for Vargas after the 1999 tragedy. You can find the quoted texts in the article and at the bottom. Chavez is simply a dreamer; he promises and promises but has no clue about how to deliver. Even worse, he surrounds himself with a bunch of Yes men with no qualifications. Therein lies his tragedy. Here is the proof.
All of these quotes are from March 20th. 2000, when Hugo Chavez addressed the Nation to present the plan for the reconstruction of Vargas, after the 1999 targedy. Some highlights of the specific promises, all quimeras:
-“We can not make mistakes and we have to reduce very well the risk of making mistakes. The decisions we are going to make now will affect the life of the future generations of Vargas. We can not make the mistakes that were made here throughout the last few years…We can not improvise nor make errors. We have to minimize risks.”
-“There are three programs. The first one corresponds to public works; it is the job of the Government to assume the costs. We will build the canals to avoid another tragedy like this one. We will also build roads, public services. The second is composed of projects of mixed development, public and private investment. And last, housing programs for special sectors, via the Housing Bill”
Paseo Costero : “We foresee the building of a new coastal walkway from Maiquetia to Catia La Mar. The view towards the sea in nights of full moon like last night. Today we will also have a full moon. You, Isaias (then VP, today Attorney General), you are always worrying about the moon. We will also build new highways for the port to manage the unloaded cargo towards the El Trebol Distributor” (None of this was done)
Tanaguarena: “Areas of vocational and recreational vocation will be built, a new coastal walkway, we will take advantage of the land gained from the sea. We will build housing of mixed use. Restaurants over the coastal areas and recreational areas in the protection zones that can not be developed. We foresee building two canals, the Quebrada Seca one and the Cerro Grande one.” (Some of the canals were worked on, but none came even close to being finished)
Los Corales: “What criteria have we assumed in Los Corales? First, that it is an area of residential and vocational vocation. Second, we will build canals to control floods. Third, we have to leave the areas of protection of the canals as public spaces. Fourth, new roads with buildings along the sides. There will be recreational areas, walkways and parks that will increase their value. We have an area of special emphasis where we will act of a total of 152 hectares, where we will build canals and protective zones of 12.5 hectares, roads, 30 hectares, public spaces like parks, beaches and walkways, 16 hectares, new developments, 36 hectares, residential and recreational housing units with buildings with between 4 and 12 stories. It is all calculated to be approximately 15,000 housing units.”(Nothing at all has been done, except for work on one canal)
Camuri Chico: “Also of recreational vocation, amusement parks, marinas, camping areas. We have to recover the roads, incorporate private investment, even through the use of concessions. Up to today you did not know all of this my brothers, but this is very important because we had to study very well what we were going to do. Yes, we are going to build new housing developments and one mixed over the coastal front, that is Restaurants and Inns. We are going to do it; we are going to build it. We will not abandon Vargas to the whims of God.” (Nothing was done except recover the beach areas and some locker rooms for those using the beaches)
Carmen de Uria: “Here the damage, as you know, was almost total. The criteria will be that it is an area of environmental protection and recovery, we will build a recreational area, a park spa on the river. We can not allow people to repopulate it. We will build there a beautiful park.” (Even the road was two weeks ago much like it was left by nature in 2000)
There you have it straight from the Pied Piper from Hamelim, so many promises, so much money spent and very little has been done. This is the tragedy of the revolution, as a well known writer said in El Nacional a few weeks ago, the problem is that Chavez has always blamed the previous Governments, but his is now becoming the previous Government, full of the same incompetence and inefficiencies, if not worse.