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De berichtgeving in de Nederlandse kranten over Venezuela is nogal erg mager en berust vaak niet op exacte gegevens. Free Opinion Venezuela wil hier iets aan veranderen door de recente ontwikkelingen te volgen in Venezuela. Dat Hugo Chavez en zijn regering er niet altijd goed van af komt ligt meer aan hun optreden, dan aan iets anders. "De comments worden gemodereerd"

La información sobre Venezuela en los periódicos holandeses es mediocre y no siempre está basada en hechos reales. Free Opinion Venezuela quiere hacer un cambio con respecto a esto siguiendo el desarrollo de los acontecimientos en Venezuela. El hecho de que Hugo Chávez y su Gobierno se encuentren en una posición comprometedora se debe más que nada a sus acciones y no a otra razón. ''Los comentarios seran moderados previamente''.
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dinsdag 6 mei 2008

Chávez and poverty

We hebben weer een geweldig stukje van Michael Rowan. Het is zo zonde om te vertalen en ik heb wel eens wat meer van hem op mijn blog gezet. Deze is zoals bijna al zijn stukjes gewoon top.
Veel plezier met lezen en verwonder jezelf hoe Chavez de armoede vergroot.

Michael Rowan
Special for El Universal

In 2006 there were 137 million people living in twelve Latin American countries with GDP per capita annual incomes ranging between US$2,000 and $6,000 - the world average was $9,000 - which means 80% of them were poor and miserable. The twelve include Venezuela, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti which are loosely or closely aligned to Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution - socialism for the 21st century. During his rule, Chavez has done nothing to change these numbers either in Venezuela or in the foreign places where he is spending about $100 billion to prove that he has the economic solution to the world. But he doesn't.

There were also 386 million people living in ten Latin American countries with GDP per capita annual incomes ranging between US$7,000 and $13,000 and where traditional capital markets operated. In these countries, poverty was falling by a few percent per year - not enough, but a lot better than the twelve poor countries noted above. These ten nations include Mexico, which has integrated its economy with the US and Canada, and Brazil, which is competitively trading with North America, Europe and Asia. Mexico and Brazil also have the best records for reducing poverty in South America.

And there were 50 million successful Hispanic-Americans with GDP per capita annual incomes ranging between US$22,000 and $25,000. Four million of them live in Puerto Rico and the rest live and work in the USA. If the 550 Latin Americans were as productive as those 50 million Hispanic-Americans, the 2006 GDP for Latin America would have been $12.1 trillion and not the $2.4 trillion actually recorded. Why are Puerto Ricans and Hispanic-Americans producing so much more wealth than Latin Americans? The answer is: because they live under a dependable system of law, freedom, and private enterprise.

Thirty years ago, it looked like Venezuela would join the rich countries. But every government since 1976 has made Venezuela poorer, especially the Chavez government. In the name of nationalism and socialism, the pied piper of populism has produced only more poverty. One wonders if they'll ever wake up to what they're doing.

michaelrowan22@gmail.com


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