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The empty promises of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez

February 20, 2005

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.

The empty promises of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez

February 20, 2005

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.

Flowering picks up, even artificial ones!

February 20, 2005

 



I am not very big on hybrids, but I think this Slc. Wendy’s Valentine Jun on the top left is very pretty and I was sure my friend B. would agree with me, but the first picture I took did not do justice to the flower, so here is a better picture. Top right is a Venezuelan species Cattleya Lueddemaniana Clin Mc Dade x Raga bred by Armando Mantellini of Orquideario Cerro Verde, very fragrant!



I have quiet a few Cattleya Intermedias from Brazil. Above are two of them, they have begun to flower so you shoudl see lots of them in the upcoming weeeks here. The one on the left does not have great shape, but it has very nice flaring on the petals, which makes it special. A more tarditional one is seen on the right Cattleya Intermedia Amethystina, which flowers very generously here in my house. Right now the plant has eight flowers and around 8 more bulbs.



Las Sunday a friend called and said he had purchased an orchid for me that the seller guaranteed I did not have in my colletion and he would bring to my house. I was intrigued at how the seller would know whether I ahd it or not but did not argue. Well, the flower above is made by an craftsman who sells is wares outside the National Gallery in Caracas.He makes flowers out of soda cans, in this case a can of Grape “Golden Cup” as seen by the upside down lettering. I also saw a beautiful ose made by him. Thanks M. and J.

Extreme tracker removed to protect the privacy of readers

February 20, 2005

I have removed the extreme tracker content that used to be in the upper left hand corner. This program provided information about visitors to this website, such as IP number or websites. A reader warned me that the tracker revealed information about who was visiting this site which could be a problem for readers that would like to have their identity protected and/or would prefer not have it known that they read these pages. The reader is absolutely correct and I apologize for not thinking about it before.

Something is funny about Venezuela’s 2004 GDP numbers

February 20, 2005

On Thursday I reported that Venezuela’s economy had grown by 17.3% in 2004 as reported by the Venezuelan Central Bank. At the time, I just read the press release by the bank and quoted the full year numbers. If the Central Bank says those are the numbers, I have to believe it unless I have evidence to the contrary. I was glad the economy grew so strongly because I have said many times here, the only way to improve the standard of living of the poor is by increasing dramatically GDP per capita over a sustained period of time. One year does not a period make, but it’s a start!


First thing Friday morning I read the breakdown for the fourth quarter and something seemed very odd to me. You see, for the year the non-oil sector grew by 17.8%, while the oil sector grew by 8.7%. The strange thing is that for the fourth quarter the oil economy shrank by 5.9%, when compared to the same quarter the previous year. Now, that certainly seemed strange, given that 2003 was not a very stellar year for the Venezuelan oil sector as a whole or for world oil prices.


 


No sooner had I noted this, that in an article in El Universal the President of PDVSA and Minister of Energy and Mines Rafael Ramirez, wonders about exactly the same thing. Ramirez states that he does not know what the Central Bank attributes this drop to. Ramirez added that the oil sector has continued to grow in all of its operations. Thus, we have the two institutions contradicting each other. In thus case, I would side with Ramirez, it seems very difficult for me to believe that the oil sector in 4Q04 dropped with respect to 4Q03 and something is “funny” about the Central Bank’s numbers. Error? Fudging? Politics?  I have no idea, but I would certainly like to know.

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