It’s entirely academic at this point, but for those of you keeping score at home: president Chávez has once again brazenly, directly violated the 1999 constitution with the newly unveiled reforms to the Organic Law on the Financial Management of the Public Sector.
In direct contradiction to the mandate in Article 312 of the 1999 constitution, the new law allows the Executive Branch to contract out new debt without legislative approval.
What’s remarkable about this, and so many other, unconstitutional chavista initiatives is just how direct, frontal the violation is. This isn’t a question of interpretation, of gray areas, of stretching words to the outer limits of their plausible meaning. No!
It’s really quite straightforward: the constitution mandates one thing, in plain language; you approve a law that says the exact opposite, in plain language.
It’s total dog-bites-man stuff, I know. It’s “news” only in some highly stylized sense of the word. Still, it feels icky to let it pass without comment.