Archive for July 19th, 2005

His name is still Hugo by Teodoro Petkoff

July 19, 2005


The night
of his election almost seven years ago, in the euphoria of his victory, Hugo Chavez said that he would change
his name if in three months there were street kids hanging around the streets of
Venezuela.
Last Sunday, six and a half years later, our esteemed President remembered his
promise and said he would do something about it. Teodoro Petkoff takes him to task
in today’s Tal Cual Editorial, for failing to fulfill it and for not accepting the
blame for his failure to do so:

His name is still Hugo by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

At last
Chavez remembered the first and least taken care of, of his promises: that of
the street kids. He made it the same night of his electoral triumph, on
December 6th. 1998.

Last
Sunday the light bulb lit up in his brain, he admitted that he has this
outstanding debt and launched another social program: Mission “Negra Hipolita”
(1), with which, according to this outrageous seller of illusions, this time
around he will do what he did not do for more than six years, to attend the
dramatic situation of the thousands of abandoned children, homeless, without a
school and with a future which can only be worse than their present. Of course,
true to himself, not even one signal of self-criticism, not one reflection
about the reasons for the tremendous failure that the offer to rescue those he
called the “kids of the homeland”, not one word of explanation. However, despite everything,
one can not but wish that this time around he succeed.

Nevertheless,
from a person that promised to change his own name if “in three months” he had
not solved the problem, you would have expected that this task was going to be
his first priority and that he would not take six years and a half in order to
remember it. In that sense, you could have expected that he would have
carefully and closely verified the works of the National Council for the rights
of kids and adolescents. It has not been that way. A report from the National
Comptroller, that Tal Cual commented yesterday, reveals that more than 70% of the
budget in the years 2002, 2003 and 2004 was assigned to personnel and expenses
to run it.

And run it
they did! Expenses in entertainment and events without approval of the
highest
authority, unjustified use of cellular phones, absence of manual for
administrative
procedures, or for purchasing and documentation, of roles and
accounting. Seventy
million bolivars in foreign travel “without any evidence of invitation
by
either public or private organizations, nor an act through which the
highest
authority of the Council approved such expenses, nor the documentation
that would
justify it” (Clodosbaldo dixit (2)) Two hundred and ninety million in
per diem
to trips to the interior of Venezuela that do not have “sufficient
documentation that would justify it” (Says Clodo). More than 400
million paid
to supposed “advisors” of the institution, which the Comptroller’s
Office can
not justify because such advisors have to be ad honorem. The payments
were made “outside of legal precepts that regulate the workings of the
Council” (adds the
Comptroller’s Office, that, nobody knows how resuscitated, perhaps
because the
institution subject of the investigation is a ‘minor” one)

How could the solution of the drama of street kids not be a fiasco! Neither
Chavez concerned himself with the problem, nor the Council for kids and
adolescents did. Hopefully, for the good of the kids, that the “Negra Hipolita”
will not face a similar future.


Hopefully she can be the nanny of so many kids victimized by misery-if it is true that
Chavez, for once, will fulfill one of his promises.

      (1)
Simon
Bolivar’s nanny
(2)
Name
of the Comptroller

Chavez expresses “devotion” to Peruvian Dictator

July 19, 2005

Our ignorant President today showed once again his true colors while
visiting Peru. Clearly showing he has no clue what a democracy is,
President Chavez was defending
that Venezuela was a democracy and his Government was not autocratic
and then proceeded to express his “devotion” for “my general” Juan
Velasco, who was President of Peru from 1968 to 1975. Velasco
not only reached power via a coup, but his Government was simply a
Dictatorship, with censorhip, repression and persecution the rule of
the day. In fact, the media was nationalized by this man that Chavez
says he is so devoted to. Reminded by reporters of the bad memory left
in Peruvians by Velasco’s Government, Chavez even dared say that this
was just a matter of opinion.

It takes one to know one.

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