A few months ago, Hugo Chávez suddenly realized that, yes, crime was a problem.
With the election now in the history books, folks can go back to killing each other in peace, courtesy of the President’s paquetazo.
Wanna know how much of a priority crime-fighting is for the inept ruler of Venezuela? Venezuela’s 2013 Budget includes a cut in public safety funds.
According to Veneconomy, the budget
- slashes funding for public safety and internal security by 38%;
- cuts funds for the justice and prosecution systems by 17%; and
- lets loose 35.9% of the police officers under the helm of the Interior Ministry.
Oh, but wait. There are things that increase, a ton: the defense budget is up 25.8%, and the number of soldiers increases by 5.6%.
What do you call a government that cuts basic services and increases defense spending? Clueless.
What do you call a government that does this in the middle of an oil boom and an unprecedented crime wave? Murderous.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.