Archive for July 25th, 2006

The revolution marches on at its own unique beat

July 25, 2006


After taking off a few days for the long local weekend, because yesterday was a holiday, I come
back to find that the revolution is indeed marching on in its reckless attempt
to ruin Venezuela:

–Since what the country needs is more and better education, the
Ministry of Education has
decided
that to reach the rank of “Titular” or “Full” teacher in elementary
or secondary schools, you will need to show that you have received your
“Bolivarian” education. At the same time to reach this level will be easier,
you will no longer be limited if you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree, but you
may also reach the highest academic level of the primary and secondary school
system if you only have a three year technical degree. Lower standards and
political indoctrination are supposed to bring better education. Just the
opposite of what I thought, but you know, I am in the opposition, that must be
why I don’t understand.

–We were told a week ago that the damage at the Paraguana refinery was
limited and the Amuay plant that burnt would be back on line in a short time,
at most two weeks. The media was even accused of creating a scandal out of the
fire, exaggerating the damage for political purposes. Well, we now read that
PDVSA is telling people it will be at least five months before things go back
to normal that the crude unit was destroyed and the whole thing will have to be
rebuilt. That’s exactly what the “lying” experts of the opposition said a week
ago, but what do they know anyway. (Even us non-experts thought that tower
looked too black!) The truth shall make you free! Not in the revolution!

–The Government Development Bank Bandes purchased the Uruguayan Credit
and savings coop for US$10 million, which will be converted to a branch of the
bank. Well, the latest financials of the coop say
that the coop
has negative equity and it has lost US$ 1.046 billion in
deposits since February. I guess this has gone from solidarity to stupidity at
the expense of stupid Venezuelans. I like the business plan: Take over a
bankrupt financial institution in a country you have no experience with and have it run
by people with no financial experience. A recipe for financial disaster for
spreading the goodwill of the revolution! More losses in the name of
solidarity! Less money for Venezuelans! Not even the Chavistas can understand
this one.

–The Mayor of the Libertador district of Caracas said
today
that to solve Caracas’
problems he would need 20 years and would have to get rid of one million people.
I have a few questions: Did he mean 21 years? Is he using crime to get rid of
the people? When will he start working on solving the problems, it has been six
years of him already? I guess I am more impatient than that, I have been waiting at
least double the years he says and see no progress, before during or after. In fact, I think things are
worse, but once again, I am in the opposition.

–Chavez had
offered Ecuador
to begin refining 65 thousand barrels of oil a day of that
country’s crude. There were problems
signing
that agreement with discrepancies over the terms and now
we hear
that Ecuador
is asking for international bids for refining 15 million barrels of oil. That
is Chávez’ problem, he does all these things and then his underlings screw it
up. The question is why the underlings are always the same ones and they never
get fired, just rotated. Remember Petrocaribe? Well, there
are big problems
with that too. If only Chávez could do everything himself!

–Minister of Justice Chacon in union radio (can’t find link): “We need to restructure the judicial system”. I thought that was one of the biggest achievements of the revolution. Didn’t Chavez’ emergency comitte to restructure the judicial system fire over 500 judges, naming some 400 “temporary” judges that have yet to be ratified, including a convicted murderer? So why seven years later do we need to restructure again? Wasn’t the current Ambassador Manuel Quijada the architect of that restructuring? Did he not do it right? I guess I must be mentally impaired, after all I am a member of the opposition, but I just don’t quite understand. I guess it must be the fault of the first part of the Vth. Republic or some excuse like that.

Big demonstration in front of Conavi, the office in charge of housing. Those protesting are mostly poor and mostly Chavista. Nothing in the “official” media about it. I just wonder when the Government carries out it’s threatened cancellation of the licenses of most private TV stations, who will carry these type of news? Can it be that he Chavistas did not experience the major traffic jam Caracas witnessed today? I guess not, they must have been walking, flying around or boating in the Guaire river, rather than in buses like the opposition. (The subway itself has problems and will continue to have them until Friday)

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