The chavista who stole Christmas

Housing Minister Ricardo Molina (a.k.a. The Grinch)

The Gran Misión Vivienda Venezuela housing program was drastically reduced right after the October 7th election.

Understandably, both its workers and those waiting for new homes are not happy with the sudden slow-down.

To try to solve this issue as soon as possible, the Housing and Habitat Ministry of Popular Power published a major announcement in Venezuela’s Official Gazette:

“All persons natural and judicial, domestic and/or foreign, entities and organizations public and/or private, currently working on social interest public works or providing services for the Gran Misión Vivienda Venezuela, are hereby ordered continue their activities in an uninterrupted fashion during the month of December 2012, so that there won’t be any days off for the holidays, with the purpose of finishing all related projects as soon as possible.”

And the Ministry will punish those who don’t follow.

Naughty or nice, Mr. Molina? I think we know.

13 thoughts on “The chavista who stole Christmas

  1. Hallacas eaten balanced on a weight-bearing beam at thrity meters altitude have a certain piquancy unknown to ground-level gourmets…

  2. Once a month, I just want to ask all the Venezuelans who voted for Chavez with the expectation of getting a free house– How is that free housing thing working out?

  3. well if for the greater good, if for LA PATRIA.. i don’t know what they are going to complain about…They voted for patria, not for housing or jobs, or money

  4. Just my humble opinion, but this only further indicates a devaluation in the offing…not that that’s unexpected exactly. Why? Get all your payables on the books prior for the EOY/pre-devaluation rates so your “persons natural and judicial, domestic and/or foreign, entities and organizations public and/or private, currently working on social interest public works or providing services for the Gran Misión Vivienda Venezuela” have no recourse regarding payment in pre-devaulation currency.

    Cheap accounting trick and a dirty way of dealing with your constituency…but its straight out of the Finance 101 handbook.

  5. I can’t wait for the “Minister for Government Oversight” to discover that:

    The “Gran Mision Vivienda Venezuela” construction worker is idle, because…
    the foreman has not planned any work, because…
    the truck has not brought the needed rebars, because…
    SIDOR has not produced enough, because…
    Guri Dam is not generating enough electrical energy, because…
    several electric turbines are on off line, because…
    the engineers have not received the spare parts, because…
    CADIVI has not issue the foreign currency orders, because…
    there are not enough dollars available, because…
    … Chavez wasted most of them during the Presidential campaign…

    Poetic justice, Venezuela style…

    • You’re right! Chavez should be arrested forthwith for systematically undermining “Gran Mision Vivienda Venezuela,” militants such as Cort Greene should form a revolutionary tribunal and put Chavez on trial for crimes against the people. Communes around the country shall issue citizens arrest warrants for Chavez, to be backed up by the blood and steel of the Citizens Militias.

  6. I love this blog.
    Middle class bourgeoisie having our little revenge on 7O :)
    Still on the exile though…

  7. Correct me if I am wrong but doesn’t just about everything in the public sector under the current regime meet the definition of “social interest public works”?

      • I’m just thinking how ridiculous this decree is: if I’m the guy who sells empanadas on the corner outside the construction site, my holidays are apparently ruined.

  8. Good thing for Chávez that Charles Dickens is not here to record the shenanigans of a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge.

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