The red scissors are coming too

The upcoming paquetazo could be coming in more ways than one. After the Chavernment’s Finance Minister hinted at the possibility of future tax hikes, the National Assembly is now saying it could take a look at how to reduce the large payroll of our public sector. Funny that, during the campaign, Chavismo mocked Henrique Capriles’ pledge of…

MIA Report

It seemed only fair, back when I asked my wife if she’d move to Venezuela with me if Capriles won the election, to answer yes when she asked “but would you move to Japan with me if he lost?” Cunning, huh? Turns out she had a better read on 7-O than I did. Long-story short, Kyoto…

Is stupidity a pre-existing condition?

A few readers criticized me for implying, in a previous post, that the more educated you are, the less likely it is (or should be) that you are chavista. Putting aside the obvious correlation that leads me to this, I get where they’re coming from. Hopefully, they will make an effort to get where I…

Giordani wants more of your money

Finance and Planning Minister Jorge Giordani said in an interview with State-owned newspaper Correo del Orinoco that according to him, Venezuelans don’t pay enough taxes: “It doesn’t reach 11% or 12% (of what the State taxation should be collecting). There’s no current legislation about that, but there’s room to grow…” It doesn’t matter if we…

Major shake-up in Trujillo

Trujillo State Governor Hugo Cabezas announced that he has declined to run for a second term, even though he was endorsed by the comandante presidente himself weeks ago as his candidate. In a press conference, he acknowledged the lack of support of Chavista bases, to the point that the Tupamaros decided to support their own…

Do it for Socorro

Socorro Hernández is one of those chavista creatures that really tick me off. I can sort of understand people like Aristóbulo Istúriz, or Freddy Bernal, or Elías Jaua, or Diosdado Cabello, or even Iris Varela being chavistas. Their backgrounds, their pre-existing conditions so to speak, predispose them – whether it is growing up poor and…