Want autonomy? Earn your keep.

  So the very ample and very well intentioned discussion of the problems facing higher education we’ve had on the blog all week are great and all, but I can’t help but feel that we’re missing the nitty gritty of the current university crisis. The conflict now rocking principally at UCV, but also other autonomous…

It’s not just the waste, it’s the opacity

It’s rare that Juan and I disagree quite as virulently about any issue as we do about the deficit, so I do intend to exploit this controversy fully. As I think more about his “hard line” against opposition populist spending pledges – insisting that any spending pledge not offset by a corresponding cut somewhere else…

Nurses ¡Sí! Aluminum-lined Moneypits ¡No!

Honestly, Juan, I think you’re malversando your outrage, spending-wise. If you really want to get your fiscal responsibility juices flowing, forget about the pay settlement for nurses and chew on this for a while: Alcasa is going cap-in-hand to hit up the government for Bs.23 million. To meet payroll. This month! What a fucking surprise!…

Marquise de Sader

Now that chavista Health Minister Eugenia Sader has shown the nation that sewing your lips, bleeding on the flag, going without food for 38 days, and crucifying yourself can land you a pay raise of upwards of 150%, the question we ask ourselves is: who is next? What grotesque spectacle will result from the government’s…

What do we stand for?

Este post está disponible en español. Venezuela’s National Assembly, our playhouse of populist political theater, sometimes – once in a blue moon – has to actually legislate. One of the issues currently being debated is a Reform of the Nourishment Law. But in the heat of the debate, like in a badly-edited Hollywood action flick,…