Archive for May 4th, 2005

The fight against corruption continues to be non-existent

May 4, 2005

When Hugo Chavez won the presidency, people were really expecting him
to deliver on his promises. While I never liked him, because I knew too
many of the extremely mediocre people around him, many acquaintances
really believed he would deliver. I wish he had. Among the main
promises were fighting crime, eliminating corruption and reducing
poverty. The first one, he has done very little about. Crime in Caracas
alone has tripled in the last six years, as measured by the number of
people murdered each week. Unfortunately, they are mostly murders in
the poor barrios, where the police barely dares to go in. We all know
about the state of poverty, up significantly in the last six years,
despite all of the claims by the Government to be doing everything to
benefit the poor.

But attacking corruption would have been a smple task, given the
mandate and goodwill with which Chavez arrived in power and his
military background. He could have stopped it cold on its tracks. But
he hasn’t. I really can’t understand why. Beginning with the 42 cases
of corruption that forced Chavez’ buddy, co-conspirator and first Head
of the intelligence police, Jesus Urdaneta to resign from his position,
his friendship and his Government, corruption in Venezuela is rampant
today, reaching levels that would make the corrupt of the IVth.
Republic look almost like innocent babies.

The latest twist in what appeared to be a serious accusation was that
of the Comptroller of the Libertador District Jose Balza, a Chavista,
accusing the Chavista Mayor Bernal of widespread corruption and misuse
of funds. He was actually very specific with the accisations and
presented documents to the press.. This happened last Sunday and given
Chavez’ scolding of Bernal this weekend, made it sound like they were
going after him for corruption. Imagine my surprise when today, the
General Comptroller of tha Nation, the man in charge of fighting
corruption, whose voice has barely been heard in the last four years,
and who many even question whether he exists or not, actually came out,
and fired Comptroller Balza. Politics? Infighting? I don’t know and I
don’t care, all I know is that another chance to slow down corruption
has been wasted.

One for the ages: The incoherent Government

May 4, 2005

One for the ages, today from Government officials:

-Hugo Chavez: I have ordered the introduction of the Armed Forces in PDVSA Occidente because there is a dark and hairy hand there…

-Minister of Oil and President of PDVSA Ramirez: I categorically deny the militarization of PDVSA Occidente as reported by the national press today…

Hey, it is very clear, either Ramirez is the dark and hairy hand, or
Chavez is the dark and hairy hand. But clearly, these two guys don’t
work together, unless the CIA did it!

May 4, 2005


Socialism or McCarthysm by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

The Fogade
list that reached TalCual deserves a detailed investigation on the part of the
Prosecutor. In this case, we are not in front of a circumstance in which public
workers denounce discrimination or firings on an individual fashion, but facing
a systematic and complete job of classification and calification of ALL the
workers of a public institution according to their political preferences, to be
later accompanied by the use of the Tascon list to complete the previous
information with the data from the recall signatures.

It would
seem as if when Caldera Infante arrived at Fogade he “requested” that espionage
job of the new internal security unity. It is obvious that the work was done
using a payroll list that still included the previous President of Fogade,
Romulo Henriquez, as well as his trusted personnel, which can be freely hire
and removed, as is the custom, and, despite their classification as hard
Chavistas, they accompanied Henriquez in his departure. But the massive firings
of dozens of others workers of the regular payroll probably took place once the
Tascon list was consulted.

If the authenticity
of the document were to be determined-a job that belongs to the Prosecutor- a
number of disturbing questions arise. This repressive mechanism, simultaneously
McCarthyst and fascist, was an isolated case, localized at Fogade or it happened
also in other public institutions? It will be the job of the Prosecutor to elucidate
this point.

In any
case, this sort of backwards “Schindler’s list” evidences a methodical
repressive spirit, we could say sort of “industrial” scale, that coldly could decide
the destiny of people, totally depersonalized. You did not need to consult the
trajectory, curriculum, years of work. The workers had no face, they became
numbers and letter. They depended on those numbers and those letters.

The
Prosecutor’s Office either runs or races with this issue. This is not a
forgotten issue, facing a true Leviathan: but facing physical evidence of possible
abuses of power and political discrimination and segregation. Verifying it is
easy to do.

Adolfo Tascon’s
list and its consequences have transformed themselves in a public scandal. Chavez,
conscious of the magnitude of the McCarthiyst perversion, in a sleek move
forward, speared his sword on Tascon and shook off any responsibility. But he
produced a confession on his part, which requires no proof. However, there are
plenty of proofs. The one from Fogade shines on its own.

The
Prosecutor’s office, which grudgingly opened the inquiry, has material to work
with. Beginning with establishing things as obvious as Tascon’s responsibility,
which implies requesting the removal of his parliamentary immunity.

Or things
as obvious as the responsibility of Caldera Infante in the case of Fogade,
which should suppose his immediate separation from his job. It now depends squarely
on the Prosecutor’s Office whether McCarthyism establishes itself in this
country with impunity, as an official and definitive policy, or that it may b
defeated forever and excluded from our already stormy political life.

May 4, 2005


Socialism or McCarthysm by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

The Fogade
list that reached TalCual deserves a detailed investigation on the part of the
Prosecutor. In this case, we are not in front of a circumstance in which public
workers denounce discrimination or firings on an individual fashion, but facing
a systematic and complete job of classification and calification of ALL the
workers of a public institution according to their political preferences, to be
later accompanied by the use of the Tascon list to complete the previous
information with the data from the recall signatures.

It would
seem as if when Caldera Infante arrived at Fogade he “requested” that espionage
job of the new internal security unity. It is obvious that the work was done
using a payroll list that still included the previous President of Fogade,
Romulo Henriquez, as well as his trusted personnel, which can be freely hire
and removed, as is the custom, and, despite their classification as hard
Chavistas, they accompanied Henriquez in his departure. But the massive firings
of dozens of others workers of the regular payroll probably took place once the
Tascon list was consulted.

If the authenticity
of the document were to be determined-a job that belongs to the Prosecutor- a
number of disturbing questions arise. This repressive mechanism, simultaneously
McCarthyst and fascist, was an isolated case, localized at Fogade or it happened
also in other public institutions? It will be the job of the Prosecutor to elucidate
this point.

In any
case, this sort of backwards “Schindler’s list” evidences a methodical
repressive spirit, we could say sort of “industrial” scale, that coldly could decide
the destiny of people, totally depersonalized. You did not need to consult the
trajectory, curriculum, years of work. The workers had no face, they became
numbers and letter. They depended on those numbers and those letters.

The
Prosecutor’s Office either runs or races with this issue. This is not a
forgotten issue, facing a true Leviathan: but facing physical evidence of possible
abuses of power and political discrimination and segregation. Verifying it is
easy to do.

Adolfo Tascon’s
list and its consequences have transformed themselves in a public scandal. Chavez,
conscious of the magnitude of the McCarthiyst perversion, in a sleek move
forward, speared his sword on Tascon and shook off any responsibility. But he
produced a confession on his part, which requires no proof. However, there are
plenty of proofs. The one from Fogade shines on its own.

The
Prosecutor’s office, which grudgingly opened the inquiry, has material to work
with. Beginning with establishing things as obvious as Tascon’s responsibility,
which implies requesting the removal of his parliamentary immunity.

Or things
as obvious as the responsibility of Caldera Infante in the case of Fogade,
which should suppose his immediate separation from his job. It now depends squarely
on the Prosecutor’s Office whether McCarthyism establishes itself in this
country with impunity, as an official and definitive policy, or that it may b
defeated forever and excluded from our already stormy political life.

May 4, 2005


Socialism or McCarthysm by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

The Fogade
list that reached TalCual deserves a detailed investigation on the part of the
Prosecutor. In this case, we are not in front of a circumstance in which public
workers denounce discrimination or firings on an individual fashion, but facing
a systematic and complete job of classification and calification of ALL the
workers of a public institution according to their political preferences, to be
later accompanied by the use of the Tascon list to complete the previous
information with the data from the recall signatures.

It would
seem as if when Caldera Infante arrived at Fogade he “requested” that espionage
job of the new internal security unity. It is obvious that the work was done
using a payroll list that still included the previous President of Fogade,
Romulo Henriquez, as well as his trusted personnel, which can be freely hire
and removed, as is the custom, and, despite their classification as hard
Chavistas, they accompanied Henriquez in his departure. But the massive firings
of dozens of others workers of the regular payroll probably took place once the
Tascon list was consulted.

If the authenticity
of the document were to be determined-a job that belongs to the Prosecutor- a
number of disturbing questions arise. This repressive mechanism, simultaneously
McCarthyst and fascist, was an isolated case, localized at Fogade or it happened
also in other public institutions? It will be the job of the Prosecutor to elucidate
this point.

In any
case, this sort of backwards “Schindler’s list” evidences a methodical
repressive spirit, we could say sort of “industrial” scale, that coldly could decide
the destiny of people, totally depersonalized. You did not need to consult the
trajectory, curriculum, years of work. The workers had no face, they became
numbers and letter. They depended on those numbers and those letters.

The
Prosecutor’s Office either runs or races with this issue. This is not a
forgotten issue, facing a true Leviathan: but facing physical evidence of possible
abuses of power and political discrimination and segregation. Verifying it is
easy to do.

Adolfo Tascon’s
list and its consequences have transformed themselves in a public scandal. Chavez,
conscious of the magnitude of the McCarthiyst perversion, in a sleek move
forward, speared his sword on Tascon and shook off any responsibility. But he
produced a confession on his part, which requires no proof. However, there are
plenty of proofs. The one from Fogade shines on its own.

The
Prosecutor’s office, which grudgingly opened the inquiry, has material to work
with. Beginning with establishing things as obvious as Tascon’s responsibility,
which implies requesting the removal of his parliamentary immunity.

Or things
as obvious as the responsibility of Caldera Infante in the case of Fogade,
which should suppose his immediate separation from his job. It now depends squarely
on the Prosecutor’s Office whether McCarthyism establishes itself in this
country with impunity, as an official and definitive policy, or that it may b
defeated forever and excluded from our already stormy political life.

Hugo the XVIth.

May 4, 2005

Phrase of the year:

“We are going to create a construction company because I want to have my own construction company

Hugo Chavez

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