6,000 people…?!

That’s the number of people employed by the Alcaldía Metropolitana, Caracas’ Metropolitan Mayor’s Office.

You know, the one that Chávez basically hollowed out. The one that he insists is only a shell and whose only job is to “coordinate” policies with the other municipalities. The one that doesn’t even have a headquarters anymore.

I don’t know about you, but 6,000 people seems like a huge payroll for an office that basically does … what, exactly?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure spending over a year without a salary must be tough.

But can the country continue to support these massive bureaucracies?

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