Let’s Discuss Nicolás’ Five Years of Epic Victories

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Photo: Nicolás Maduro

It’s been 5 years already since the glorious victory of our Commander in Chief Nicolás Maduro and, you know me — I’d normally insult that human rights abuser like I invented it, but Tamara’s article about the the Law Against Hate victims gave me goosebumps. So today, for me, it’s all about love.

One of the biggest achievements of the past five years has been the strike against the bourgeoisie: according to the Doing Business report of the World Bank, in 2013, Venezuela ranked 180/185, the 6th worst economy to do business in. This year we reached the 188/190 place.

The absurd controls of central planning really complicate production in Venezuela. According to the IMF, our PIB contracted 40% between 2014 and 2017 — our dictator makes sure that even the companies surviving can’t produce. Conindustria says that, in 2013, companies were working at 53,9% of their installed capacity, and in the second trimester of 2017 that number went down to 34,8%.

Take that, capitalism!

Our supreme commander is all about ecosocialism too, saving the planet and stuff (just keep quiet about Canaima and the arco minero). That’s why oil production also took a big hit: in April 2013, the average daily production was of 2,754 million barrels a day (MBD). Under the guidance of our glorious leader, in March 2018, we brought the production down to a staggering average of 1,509 MBD.

The health system ain’t better: the Encuesta Nacional de Hospitales says that, in 2017, 75% of all hospitals didn’t have enough medicines, surgical materials, catheters and probes. I can’t find an excuse for that, so let’s just say the US sanctions of last year, are, and have always been, preventing Venezuela from buying medicines or having decent hospitals.

From April 2013 to mid-April 2018, our exchange rate went from 6,3 VEF/USD to 59,500 VEF/USD. That’s a devaluation of 99.98941176%. Not a 100%, so shut up!

Now, let’s talk inflation. The Venezuelan government is under some economic war that I don’t understand, because it’s based on companies raising prices to stop producing and bankrupt themselves. Our government has been creating money out of thin air; remember that post I wrote in January, when our monetary base reached the 100 trillion bolivars? Well, right now that number is 315 trillion, over three times bigger. Inventing money to finance the public expenses is genius: free money for everyone, why hasn’t anyone thought of that before?

Using only official and extremely trustworthy data of Venezuela’s Central Bank, we can see that from April 2013 to April 2018, our exchange rate went from 6,3 VEF/USD to 49,500 VEF/USD. That’s a devaluation of 99.9872727%. Not a 100%, so shut up!

Inflation — according to the National Assembly — reached more than 8,878% between March of 2017 and March of 2018, obliterating all the records of our previous supreme commander. That’s on purpose, you see; in communism, we don’t want people to stand by themselves, we don’t want them to own things, to feed themselves or have self-esteem. It all needs to come from the state, and what better way to do so than destroying their currency?

Back in April 2013, you needed three minimum wages to afford the canasta alimentaria familiar. Now you need 151. As a result, according to Encovi, in 2017, nine out of ten Venezuelans couldn’t cover their food expenses, and six out of ten lost 11,4 Kg.

Couple that with a discriminating food distribution system, and you have a winning strategy for any election.

I could go on, but we all can see how these have been five years of constant victories, so, congratulations Nicolás Maduro. We don’t deserve you, and I ask God to take you away and bring you by his side as soon as possible. Stop winning, man.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. During the revolution years there has been a long list of promises the were never met and things that were never done. It’s a long list (I apologize for that), but most likely not complete

    ¿Qué Pasó con la Revolución Petroquímica?·
    ¿Dónde están los 12.000 millones de pies cúbicos de gas del 2012?·
    ¿Porqué después de ser exportadores, ahora importamos Polietileno?·
    ¿Cuándo terminan el Complejo Criogénico de Occidente?·
    ¿Y las 20 Plantas Petroquímicas que anunciaron en el 2005?·
    ¿Quién mató a Danilo Anderson?·
    ¿Qué pasó con el Maletín de Antonini, en Argentina?·
    ¿PUDREVAL, quedó en qué? ¿Juzgaron a alguien?
    ¿Y Aponte Aponte?·
    ¿Y Makled y Acosta Carlés?·
    ¿El taladro Aban Pearl, quedó en qué?·
    ¿Explosiones en Arsenal de Maracay, quedó en qué?·
    ¿Quién fue el asesino de Simón Bolívar?·
    ¿Cuándo inauguran el Puente “Nigale” bajo el Lago de Maracaibo, que pasó con el dinero invertido para la construcción?·
    ¿Quien responde por la calidad y cumplimiento de normas en el Plan Vivienda?·
    ¿Dónde está la Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles que iba a atravesar el país?·
    ¿Dónde está la ruta de la Empanada?·
    ¿Dónde quedo el eje Orinoco-Apure?·
    ¿Dónde están las nuevas Ciudades Socialistas?·
    ¿Dónde están los Saraos y Saraítos?·
    ¿Dónde están los centrales azucareros que iban a construir los Cubanos?·
    ¿Dónde están las plantas de Cemento que iban a construir los Iraníes?·
    ¿Dónde está la base aeroespacial de Guasdualito?·
    ¿Dónde están las bombonas Noruegas?·
    ¿Dónde está la fábrica de Cohetes espaciales?·
    ¿Dónde están los carros Iraníes de VENEAUTO?·
    ¿Dónde están los casi 13.000 carros Kia, » y Hyundai que serían importados desde Ecuador?·
    ¿Cuántas computadoras ha fabricado la planta que ofreció Chávez?
    ¿Que pasó con la fabrica de pañales?
    Qué pasó con Mario silva y lo que denunciaba en su audio??
    Dónde están los mas de 28.000 millones de dólares asignados por Cadivi a empresas de maletín??
    Dónde está la lista de las empresas beneficiadas con ese dinero??
    Quienes son los dueños??
    ¿De qué valió cambiarle el nombre a Venezuela? … a¿Somos más Venezolanos?·
    ¿De qué valió cambiar la hora? … ¿mejoró el Gobierno?·
    ¿De qué valió cambiar la denominación de la Moneda?… ¿arreglaste la Economía?·
    Una estrella más a la Bandera, ¿Sirvió para algo?…
    Expropiación de miles de Haciendas… ¿Y?
    ¿porqué importamos lo que nos comemos?.
    ¿A eso se llama soberanía alimentaria?
    ¿Dónde hay Harina? !”Harina JUANA”
    ¿Dónde hay Leche? LOS ANDES?
    ¿Dónde hay Azúcar? MONTALBAN??
    ¿Dónde hay Café? “FAMA DE AMERICA??”
    ¿Dónde hay Aceite? ¿ACEITE DIANA?·
    l Complejo Azucarero “Ezequiel Zamora”
    El rìo Guaire navegable.
    El estadio “Hugo Chàvez”
    El estadio de los Tiburones de la Guaira.
    El oncologico de Montalbàn.
    Agropatria.
    Las escuelas integrales chinas.
    ¿dónde están los miles de acuerdos “beneficiosos” firmados?·
    ¿Qué pasa con el Neo-Camastrón, que hay que alquilar un avión a Cubana? SI TANTO LOS HEMOS AYUDADO PORQUE NO LOS ALQUILAN? ESO NO ES CAPITALISMO PÁGAME O NO TE DOY NADA? Y ENTONCES DONDE ESTA EL SOCIALISMO?
    Arepera Socialista-Venezuela
    Kimberly-Clark abandonada por sus dueños y ejecutivos luego de todo lo que se robaron durante años en confabulación con sus amiguitos de CADIVI, tomados por el gobierno de Maduro, segun que la iban a poner a producir, pero fue abandonada.
    Expropiación a las empresas Petroleras Extranjeras… ¿quién extrae el Petróleo ahora? ¿Otros extranjeros que no saben nada del negocio, pero se llevan más?·DONDE ESTA LA SUPUESTA SOBERANÍA?
    Dònde estàn las denominadas “casas de la alimentaciòn”, que en este momento habrìan servido de paliativo para atender el drama del hambre entre la gente pobre ?
    El Guaire. “Se llegará a nadar y preparar Sancocho en sus orillas”·…..Y LOS MILLONES DE DÓLARES que se aprobaron para dicho proyecto????
    En 2005, el Presidente Chávez prometió un segundo puente sobre el Lago de Maracaibo que estaría listo para 2010.
    El 21 de diciembre de 2008, prometió que el Centro Comercial Sambil, ubicado en la Candelaria, sería un centro de salud, escuela o universidad.
    El 2 de noviembre de 2008 expresó durante una alocución que inauguraría el Aeropuerto Internacional de Barinas, en 2013.
    En 2002, Chávez prometió una universidad en Miraflores
    Se prometió un segundo nivel en la Av. Bolívar y un segundo piso en la autopista de Prados del Este.
    La Carlota sería un parque que se uniría al Parque del Este….
    QUE PASO CON CAFÉ VENEZUELA???? ¿No se iba a vender en TODA VENEZUELA? que paso?
    Entregar el poder en 5 años.
    “No debe haber niños en la calle”
    “Si ganamos las alcaldías habrá prosperidad económica”
    “Si ganamos las gobernaciones habrá prosperidad económica”
    “Si me dan la habilitante habrá prosperidad económica”
    Si me dan el decreto de emergencia habrá prosperidad económica”
    “El sacudon dará prosperidad económica”
    El revolcón dará prosperidad económica”
    “La prostituyente traerá prosperidad económica”
    “Si gano las elecciones habrá prosperidad económica”
    Expropiación de las Cementeras… ¿hay más Cemento?·
    CHÁVEZ PROMETIÓ QUE NO HABRÍA NIÑOS EN LA CALLE O SE CAMBIARIA EL NOMBRE
    los “Regalos” a costa del Tesoro Nacional a Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, y hasta el inaudito pago de la deuda Argentina… ¿y nosotros?·
    PROMESA DE SOBERANÍA ALIMENTARIA (Soberanía de otros países ya que todo lo importan)
    ¿PUDREVAL, quedó en qué? Juzgaron a alguien?
    DEFENDER NUESTROS RECURSOS Y PATRIA NUESTRA SOBERANÍA COMO PAÍS. Arco minero.
    Maduro anunciò, a principios de su mandato, que publicarìa la lista de las empresas y particulares que recibieron dòlares preferenciales. Aùn estamos esperando que lo haga.
    Expropiación de miles de Haciendas… ¿Y? PORQUE NO SE APROVECHARON TANTAS TIERRAS PARA GARANTIZAR LA CACAREADA SOBERANIA ALIMENTARIA?
    PROMESA INCUMPLIDA: Tercer Puente del Orinoco estaría listo 2010. Se invirtieron $2,500 millones. No se termino.
    LA PNB (Policìa Nacional Bolivariana). la cual fue creada dizque con una nueva concepciòn del modelo humanista de la policia. Muchos ya comenzamos a extrañar a la PM (Policia Metropolitana).
    Tras 8 años del hundimiento del Aban Pearl los responsables del gran fraude a PDVSA siguen impunes a la justicia. El escándalo de un contrato con múltiples irregularidades por US$1.315.818.950,00 por el alquiler por 5 años de la plataforma y, que tenía un sobreprecio de US$662.475.000,00 no mereció la atención ni de la Contraloría General, ni de la Fiscalía, ni de la misma empresa estatal Petróleos de Venezuela. Entre tanto, los beneficiarios de al menos US$47.916.000,00 siguen siendo inmunes a la justicia “revolucionaria”.
    QUE PASO CON LA PELÍCULA QUE NOS COSTO: 17.8 MILLONES DE $$$$.
    PARA ESO EXPROPIARON CONFERRY? manada de corruptos e ineptos eso es bienestar para el pueblo y quieren mas y mas.
    ¿PROMESA INCUMPLIDA LOS 15 MOTORES o MOTORAS que paso? todos estos años arrancando y no terminan de arreglar NADA.
    La construcción de la Represa Tocoma tiene más de 6 años de retraso.
    ¿Y las 20 Plantas Petroquímicas que anunciaron en el 2005?
    Y DONDE ESTÁN LOS AUTOBUSES CHINOS? Y LOS CONVENIOS FIRMADOS? DONDE ESTA ESE DINERO? QUE PASO CON DEFENDER AL PUEBLO?
    QUE PASO CON LAS TURBINAS DE TOCOMA? donde están los millardos de dólares aprobados EN LA EMERGENCIA que declararon para saltar controles sobre la aprobación de recursos.
    ¿Dónde están los centrales azucareros que iban a construir los Cubanos?
    Igualdad para todo el pueblo y bienestar pleno.
    La soya que nunca nos coimos. Una inversión que supera los 600 millones de dólares. En sus mejores tiempos, la Empresa Integral de Producción Agraria Socialista José Ignacio de Abreu E Lima S.A. logró sembrar 14.958 hectáreas de soya, de las 35.000 hectáreas prometidas por los expresidentes Luis Inácio Lula Da Silva, de Brasil; y Hugo Chávez, de Venezuela, cuando acordaron la creación de este complejo a través de un convenio bilateral firmado en 2009.
    Donde esta el puente alterno sobre El Lago de Maracaibo en el cual invirtieron grandes sumas de dinero durante 12 años?
    Cual soberanía si la gente se está muriendo de hambre lo niegan y no quieren recibir GRATIS ALIMENTO que necesita el pueblo, simplemente por un orgullo cruel y despiadado.
    ¿Dónde están las nuevas Ciudades Socialistas?·¿De donde sacaron para tener millones de $$$ en SUIZA? están ahorrando para hacer las ciudades socialistas?
    El metro que nunca llegó a Guarenas ni a Guatire.

        • Charlie, thank you, but the list, I’m sure. is only partial–to name a few more: pulp paper factory/ice cream factory/cacao factory/hydroponic vegetables/gallineros verticales/bunny farms/AK-47 factory/Guarenas-Guatire metro/Junquito “woo woo”/red ferroviaria nacional (y hasta Argentina)/etc., etc.

        • Charlie, thank you, but the list, I’m sure. is only partial–to name a few more: pulp paper factory/ice cream factory/cacao factory/hydroponic vegetables/gallineros verticales/bunny farms/AK-47 factory/Guarenas-Guatire metro/Junquito “woo woo”/red ferroviaria nacional (y hasta Argentina)/Litoral rebuild-tourism hotel complex/etc. etc.

          • You’re right. But with so many promises, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. An updated list should be distributed among those who still support the regime and have them comment on it. Next time I’ll put together a list of all those promies that cae to fruition …. it’ll be a lot shorter.

  2. “Stop winning, man.”

    Can’t I don’t like Sarcasm and Irony, of which this article is composed of. But the ultimate Irony is that THEY (Not just Maduro, of course, but THOUSANDS of Chavista Top Thieves) are winning indeed. Heck, the won. Point, set and match.

    What this article seems to miss if that everything is going according to plan. The Castro-Chavista Get Rich Master Plan, of course. The Complete Cubanization of Kleptozuela. A win-win thus far.

    But not, as this article suggests between the lines, because of “ineptitude” or “economic failure” No at all. They are highly ADEPT and capable at what they do: STEAL. And hide the proceeds. And stay in power and out of jail for their massive embezzlements. Twenty (20) years, and counting. Richer by the day.

    Hyperinflation? Part of the plan to impoverish and make everyone dependent on Clapcrap and Complicit with Guisos. Control de Cambio? Part of the Plan. Food crisis, Health crisis? Part of the Plan. Massive immigration? The more opponents and malcontents that go, the better: More Remesas to steal, less mouth to feed, less people to repress. Part of the Plan.

    So yes, Thousands of THIEVES (and little Maduro as head clown) are winning. Big Victories. By the Millions of $$$ every year, after year, after year. Because STEALING is the name of the game in Kleptozuela. Win, after win, after win. Chupate esa mandarina.

  3. You cant steal all you want and still not ruin the country …its been done again and again by leaders all over the world , if you ruin a country the chances for stealing even bigger amounts is gone , you have to make do with the left overs …….Quite sure that in Correas Ecuador , in Evos Bolivia in the Kirtchners Argentina and in Ortegas Nicaragua the level of corruption is comparable to the one here and yet those countries dont suffer the same consequences …….., maybe there is something else , something beyond corruption that makes them specialy destructive …its not only the middle classes who are suffering , its their own rank and file , moreover its anyone who is now contemplating migrating to other places where a normal life can be led…….., there is no other country in the world which is suffering what we are suffering ….., did they really need to destroy everything in order to enjoy the fruits of corruption ……thats not very plausible ……..!! Maybe theire also incredibly inept, corruption does not exclude ineptness……for example if they had kept the production the same as that of 2 years ago their chances of enriching themselves would be even greater , so we can perhaps think of them as combining the qualities of being both corrupt and bungling !!

    • “Quite sure that in Correas Ecuador , in Evos Bolivia in the Kirtchners Argentina and in Ortegas Nicaragua the level of corruption is comparable to the one here”

      Kleptozuela has stolen way more than all of those countries plus Brazil and Haiti COMBINED.

    • With the exception of Argentina, these countries have been considerably poorer than Venezuela, with several consequences following from the poverty. First, there hasn’t been as much to steal. Daniel Ortega and the Comandantes (rock group?) 🙂 stole some mansions back in 1990. Small time compared to Godgiven and friends.

      Second, poverty has forced long-term habits of fiscal rectitude on their governments. By contrast, Chavezuela thought nothing of borrowing $50 billion- not for capital projects but just to keep up spending levels. After all, they thought, we will see $100 oil forever. And you know that a lot of those foreign loans lined the pockets of enchufados/ Similarly, because of the century-old oil cash cow in Venezuela, many believed that oil cash cow would continue to produce regardless of how much was stolen. “It’s just a little bit.” Unfortunately, that “little bit” adds up.

      I am reminded of an anecdote I heard about Venezuelan versus Argentine government officials. An Argentine who had worked in Venezuela informed me that he preferred the Venezuelan way. In Venezuela, officials were up-front about the corruption: You need to give me a voluntary gift of X in order for me to do Y. In Argentina, no official would be so overt about demanding a bribe. But some officials wouldn’t perform their mandated tasks for you unless you volunteered to offer a bribe. Some would take offense at being offered a bribe. Which made it a potential lose-lose situation. I don’t know what it is like today in Argentina, as this story is decades old.

      • I concurr that these countries handled their economies with more care than was the case in Venezuela because they came from a past where scarcity was the norm and whatever there was couldnt be wasted , Venezuelans instead came from a profligate spendrift culture were the sky was the limit …….., the bolivians particularly were also horrified that their left wing image would be hurt irreversably if they mismanaged the economy because if they failed they would not have a chance of remaining in power , heard an inteview to a Bolivian economic minister saying that what was happening to Venezuela was a disaster for the image of the left in Latam because it reinforced their enemies claim that left wing govt couldnt handle the economy . Bus aside from that do believe that the hubristic run away narcissism of Chavez and his total personal control over every minute aspect of his administraton and total contempt for the experts made it much worse than in other countries !!

  4. It just occurred to me from your post that Maduro resembles a fat Freddy Mercury. They are the champions, my friend!

    • Nooooooo Canucklehead. Freddy is one of my favorites of all time. The command and powerful singing voice is unmatched with all but a handful of performers even to this day.

      But damn, that mustache. You may be on to something. I now have to wipe your comment from my mind

  5. “That’s on purpose, you see; in communism, we don’t want people to stand by themselves, we don’t want them to own things, to feed themselves or have self-esteem. It all needs to come from the state, and what better way to do so than destroying their currency”
    Are all of you leftists cunts paying attention??? THIS IS WHAT YOU ALL LOVE AND PROMOTE!!!!!

  6. A couple of quotes for all you cunt socialists here;
    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Winston Churchill”

    “The goal of socialism is communism. Vladimir Lenin”

    “The reason socialism has failed around the world every time it’s been tried is because people in socialist countries have looked at the United States and have said if they can have it that good, we can. It’s a failed, flawed ideology, but if you ask socialists why it’s always failed, it’s because the United States has stood in the way. Brad Thor”

    “Wherever socialism spread, misery followed – and still follows. Greg Gutfeld”

    “I believe that all forms of socialism have been proven over time to result in a loss of both economic and civil liberties, with increasing poverty. John Mackey”

    Just a few quotes to show why Socialism IS the world’s CANCER!!!!

  7. Its not just ideology , its something to do with the utter incapacity of rulers to manage things , corruption is part of it but corruption itself thrives specially in the chaos and impunity that is bred by massive mismanagement , other countrys claim to share the Venezuelan regimes ideology, at least rethorically but their people still can lead normal lives , Nicaragua , Bolivia , Ecuador are examples of this . This is because despite their ideological affiliation they have somehow managed their public resources better than Maduros regime . China during decades has been very corrupt and mantained an authoritarian communist regime but have been rather well managed and known an exceptional prosperity reaching hundreds of million of formerly very poor masses now becoming prosperous middle class.
    The liberal market ideology by itself offers no guarantee that a country will be able to prosper , Puerto Rico is an example of this , they are flat broke and are not inmmune to corruption .
    To put it succintly : Mismanagement fosters chaos , chaos fosters corruption , mismanagemente plus corruption cause economic ruin and destroy a peoples quality of life ………..a virulent ideology compounds the potency of the brew

  8. Charlie (Carlitos), there’s two more things you can add to your list – the last of my family still in Venezuela decided to bail. One to Argentina, the other figuring it out now. They both were die-hard Venezuelans and could no longer live with the indignity of Maduro’s world and the virtual paralysis of everyone to do anything more than analyze the problem ad nauseum.

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