TalCual: Hot Air that is Worth Billions of Bolivars On Wednesday, we all saw how the nation’s budget for 2014 evidenced how deceiving this Government can be by reducing apparent crude oil prices nearly by half, so it can do with the rest whatever it pleases. And, as a good despotic government, it is centralizing expenditures in detriment to the provinces and their relative and necessary autonomy, among other things.
A national budget that has been read thoroughly is an excellent portrait of the government that formulated it. One can see there its many preferences and desires through very precise figures.
On Wednesday, we all saw how the nation’s budget for 2014 evidenced how deceiving this Government can be by reducing apparent crude oil prices nearly by half, so it can do with the rest whatever it pleases. And, as a good despotic government, it is centralizing expenditures in detriment to the provinces and their relative and necessary autonomy, among other things.
This time we will highlight excessive expenditures by the State, hundreds of millions of bolivars, for propaganda purposes.
We would have to add to this $9 million (multiply it by the rate of the parallel exchange market) that President Nicolás Maduro will be spending when he travels around the world, just as much as his “father” Hugo Chávez liked to do, which is another way to sell the image of the Homeland.
This, without a doubt, shows a feature that is embedded in the heart of the chavista regime itself: Its unlimited ability to talk bullshit about itself, almost inversely proportional to its efficacy to do anything positive for the country, for the sake of the supreme happiness of its people; as shown by the destruction achieved in almost all fields, from public morals to the potholes affecting the last street of a secluded town.
Those of us who have lived in Venezuela over the past fifteen years, by the time we look back we will find infinite trails of words, myths, outlandish spectacles, a bunch of insults here and there, media messages from all the “tenors,” symbols on clothes and walls, red masses, a cult to ghosts, blind slogans and litanies, orders and countermand decisions, compliments and ridiculous stuff, lies…
Words, words and words that never end. Chávez telling all the small details about his provincial life for hours in front of the TV cameras, all surrounded by smiling and overexcited seals clapping their fins mechanically, could be one of the archetypes of this Venezuelan era.
As others could be the sacramental and puerile evocations of the patriotic religion, now cartoonized or taken to desecration.
There has never been in our history a government as rhetorical as this one. And those piles of speeches, among other thing, are only good to cover the few things it does.
And that foolish and impossible task of reformulating the ideas and republican sentiments of the population, so it can become militaristic, submissive and fetishist of a country’s history that has been fully transformed.
Loyal to that design, the Successor took up where Chávez left off and he is willing to go all the way with the help of the nation’s funds. That seems to be his biggest disgrace.
His DNA does not have either the verbal capacity, or the delusional imagination, or the histrionic talents, or the arrogance of his predecessor.