—In El Nacional, I read that the Venezuelan Supreme Court in all its screwed up wisdom, ruled that foreigners do not have the same rights as Venezuelans on the economic front. The merits of the case are irrelevant to the decision, the Court simply said that the protection given by the Land Bill to those exploiting land for agriculture does not apply to foreigners. So much for Venezuela being a country of immigrants.
—And speaking of that Court, what was that Venezuelan Justice doing in the Miss Universe contest as part of the jury? Did the Court pay for the trip to that revolutionary event? And is it true that one of the Justices was not born in Venezuela, as required by the Constitution?
—And how about Deputy Iroshima Consolacion Bravo telling us in El Nacional that the new foreign exchange Bill is aimed at “minimizing the existence of the parallel market” because it has been going up so much. Maybe the Deputy should look at this story in El Universal today if she wants to understand why the parallel exchange rate keeps moving up. In the printed version there is a graph and it is absolutely scary. Bs. 5,000 per US$ or more by Xmas? You can bet on it!
—And how about funny man Deputy Julio Moreno, President of the Comptrolling Committee of the National Assembly telling us that there is more control than ever, but later admitting not one person has been sanctioned for corruption in this Government?
—And the cable car has been free since the Government took it over. I think everything in the country should be free from now on. Gas already is, but food, electricity and cellular phone service should all be free too.And we shouldn’t have to pay for RCTV.
—And the Government authorized the import of 500 million eggs, that’s 20 per citizen. Maybe local producers will be undercut in price by the imports, they will go under and next time we will have to import a billion eggs. (BTW, I had fried quail eggs yesterday, not a bad substitute, plenty of them here, but you have to fry a bunch to make a dent!). Will they be free?
—And Chavez’ nose keeps getting bigger and bigger. First he says that his support of Kirchner’s wife as a candidate for the Argentinean Presidency is not an intromission in that country’s affairs. And then he claims he never gave an ultimatum about Venezuela’s entrance to Mercosur. I guess he does not know what intromission or ultimatum means.
—Finally, my brother and others wonder that if it is true, as Chavez says, that Venezuela and Cuba have become one Nation, does that mean that any Venezuelan that steps into US land can stay? The US Coast Guard is going to be busy.