Archive for January 21st, 2008

January 21, 2008

Como calcular el valor real de un Bolivar

El gobierno “democrático” de la república bananera (perdón Bolivariana) de Venezuela ha prohibido que se publique el verdadero valor del bolivar en el mercado internacional. Claro ellos pueden hacer eso porque eso hacen las democracias bananeras. Pero no desespereis, de seguro tenéis una calculadora imperialista “Texas Instrument” o una del imperio del sol “CASIO”. Inclusive la gran tecnologia cubana nos ha legado su método desarrollado por los Indios (los de la India, no los de guayuco) hace unos 4,000 an~os (el lápiz y el papel).

Como sea toman el valor de un “papel” Venezolano en el mercado local lo multiplican por 2,15 yo lo dividen por su valor en el internacional. Bonos de deuda Venezolana funcionan muy bien en este ejercicio.

Si quieres los parametros ve a la pagina de veneconomia www.veneconomia.com 

 


January 21, 2008

Lessons from Machiques

This weekend, Hugo Chávez gave nine lessons on how not to handle a country’s economy from his program Aló Presidente number 301 held in the restored Machiques dairy plant in Zulia state.

To begin with, Chávez clearly demonstrated once again that he does not have the least idea that, since December 2, his time a president has an expiry date, that he is not the owner of either the country or of public funds, and that his habit of saying “I’ve paid” when referring to investments by the State is inappropriate and out of place. It seems that he also forgets that it is the Venezuelan people who pay for those investments with their taxes and their share of the oil revenues.

He also made it clear that he has serious difficulties in understanding the fundamental precepts of how a country’s economy functions. This poor knowledge of the subject was revealed when, unable to cope with the unfortunate situation created by the country’s lack of milk production, he took hasty, incomplete, mistaken and dictatorial measures.

First he showed his indignation with the workers in charge of the Machiques Socialist Dairy Plant, berating them because they were preparing to produce cheese and yogurt (profitable lines), and ordered them to process only powdered milk (at a loss), so condemning this recently restored plant to possible bankruptcy.
Then he announced a 36.6% increase in the cost of raw milk on the producer level, from Bs.F.1.10 to Bs.F.1.50.

While at first glance this would seem to be cause for celebration, as prices have been frozen since 2005, the illusion was short lived, as the increase is still insufficient to cover production costs. Moreover, by not authorizing price increases throughout the dairy production chain, he is generating more distortions and is now also forcing the retailer to sell at an even greater loss.

Worse still, he ordered restricting the use of milk to produce items such as yogurt, cheese, and sweetened processed milk, regardless of the fact that these are customary food supplements in the Venezuelan’s diet.
By insisting on maintaining price controls, the President aims, against all economic logic, to force an entire sector of the economy to be neither profitable nor productive. He has not understood that the price control system is collapsing and that it has led to disinvestment, shrinking domestic production, and, therefore, to making shortages endemic.

One detail that illustrates this chaotic situation is the fact that the basic basket products whose prices are regulated, when they can be found, are being sold with a surcharge of 126.3% on average, according to Cendas (Venezuelan Teachers’ Federation Documentation and SocialAnalysisCenter).

To top it all, the President continues resorting to threats, coercion, and attacks on private property to “encourage investment and production.” The best he can think of is to threaten companies that sell milk at above the regulated price or sell it to private processors that produce cheese and other dairy products with expropriation. That’s no way to govern!


January 21, 2008

Lecciones desde Machiques

Veneconomia Opina 21-01-2008

Este fin de semana Hugo Chávez dio nuevas lecciones de cómo no se debe manejar la economía de un país, desde su Aló Presidente número 301, realizado en una recuperada planta láctea de Machiques en el Zulia.

Para comenzar, Chávez mostró nuevamente que es claro que no tiene ni la más remota idea que desde el 2 de diciembre su mandato presidencial tiene fecha de vencimiento y que él ni es dueño del país ni del erario público. De allí lo inapropiado y fuera de lugar de su acostumbrada expresión “yo he pagado”, para referirse a las inversiones que hace el Estado. Parece que también se le olvida que quienes pagan esas inversiones son los venezolanos con sus impuestos y su cuota parte de los ingresos del petróleo.

También dejó claro que tiene graves fallas para entender los preceptos fundamentales de cómo funciona la economía de un país. Esta deficiencia presidencial quedó en evidencia cuando desbordado por la lamentable realidad de la falta de producción de leche en el país, tomó medidas apresuradas, incompletas, erradas y dictatoriales.

Primero, increpó indignado a los trabajadores encargados de la Planta Láctea Socialista de Machiques, que se aprestaban a producir queso y yogurt (productos rentables) y les ordenó procesar (a pérdida) sólo leche en polvo, condenando así a esta recién recuperada procesadora a una eventual quiebra.

Luego anunció el incremento de 36,36% del costo del lácteo crudo a nivel de productor, el cual pasaría de Bs.F.1,10 a Bs.F.1,50.

Aunque a primera vista esto sería algo que celebrar, pues los precios estaban congelados desde 2005, la alegría dura poco dado que el aumento aún es insuficiente para cubrir los costos de producción. Por otro lado, al no autorizar aumentos de los precios en la cadena completa de producción láctea, está generando más distorsiones y obligando también al detallista a vender ahora con más pérdida.

Peor aún, ordena limitar el uso de la leche para producir derivados como el yogurt, quesos, leches procesadas azucaradas, entre otros, a pesar de que éstos son suplementos alimenticios habituales en la dieta del venezolano.

El gobernante al insistir en mantener los controles de precios pretende, contra toda lógica económica, obligar a todo un sector de la economía a no ser rentable ni productivo. No ha entendido que el sistema de control de precios está colapsando y que ha llevado a la desinversión, a la merma de la producción nacional y por ende, a hacer endémica la escasez y el desabastecimiento.

Un detalle que revela esta caótica situación, es el hecho de que los productos de la cesta básica con precios regulados, cuando se consiguen, son vendidos con un sobreprecio de 126,3% en promedio, según el Centro de Documentación y Análisis Social de la Federación Venezolana de Maestros, Cendas.

Para colmo, el mandatario continúa utilizando la amenaza, la coerción y el ataque a la propiedad privada para “estimular la inversión y la producción”. Así lo único que se le ocurre es amenazar con expropiar a las empresas que vendan la leche sobre el precio regulado o a las que la vendan a procesadoras privadas que se dediquen a la producción de quesos y derivados. ¡Así no se gobierna!.

January 21, 2008

Chavez: Uribe fit to be mafia boss, not president of Colombia

By IAN JAMES

The Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called Colombia’s president a “pawn” of the U.S. government and compared him to a mafia boss on Sunday, raising tensions in a dispute that erupted during mediation efforts to free rebel-held hostages.

Chavez reiterated accusations that President Alvaro Uribe’s U.S.-allied government tried to sabotage the release of two hostages last month, saying the captives’ accounts of a bombing by the military in the area showed Colombia aimed to “dynamite” the handover.

The two Colombian captives — Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez — were eventually released by guerrillas to Venezuelan officials in a Jan. 10 mission overseen by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Colombia halted military operations for the successful handover and has denied trying to sabotage an earlier attempt.

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January 21, 2008

Seven killed in clash in Venezuelan prison

!!!Bravo hugo!!!, you want to read about the 21st century socialism… go ahead read it is not to long  
Caracas – Seven inmates died and five others were injured Monday in a clash between rival gangs in the Tocoron prison in central Venezuela, the authorities said. Jail director Eduardo Bracho said the fighting broke out early Monday, but the situation had since been brought under control.
Bracho said militarized police officers will help prison officials carry out a thorough search of the facility, which holds 900 inmates and is located in the state of Aragua.
Preliminary reports said grenades were used in the fight.
On Thursday, four inmates died at the Los Andes prison in the western state of Merida, when a grenade was detonated.
At least 498 inmates died and 1,023 were injured in Venezuelan prisons during 2007, according to a report on jail violence by the NGO Prison Observatory, which detected an increase in violence in relation to the previous year.
The NGO estimated 21,201 people, of whom 1,408 were foreigners from 53 countries, were held in Venezuela’s 30 jails.
January 21, 2008

Venezuela’s Chavez Calls Colombian President Uribe ‘Pawn Of Bush’

hugo the crab sadim, here being an example of a good leader, someone that think before talking 🙂

CARACAS (AP)–Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched a new volley of insults at Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe Sunday, calling him a “pawn” of Washington and a coward more fit to be a mafia boss than president.

Chavez also reiterated previous accusations that Uribe’s U.S.-allied government tried to sabotage the release of two hostages held by leftist rebels last month, saying the captives’ accounts of bombings in the area showed Colombia wanted to “dynamite” the handover.

The two Colombian captives – Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez – were eventually released by guerrillas to Venezuelan officials Jan. 10 in an operation overseen by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Colombia halted military operations for the successful handover and has denied trying to sabotage the earlier attempt.

“Uribe is a pawn of Bush,” Chavez said during his weekly TV and radio program. “That man doesn’t deserve to be president…coward, liar…Uribe is suitable to be a mafia boss.”

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January 21, 2008

Chavez to farmers: Sell within Venezuela or it’s ‘treason’

The food security (alimentary security) of a country should has (definitively) “National Interest” level. So, the fact hugo is worried about it sounds no only logical but plausible. What he failed to mention is, this is their method of preference to take out private investors and businesses. In this case – like many other in the past years – he imposes a price control over a product that will force the producers to sell with loses. They can do that right? So, the state emerge as the benefactor and bring the products to the control price. Of course they (government) loose money in the operation, but let ask the question again, can they do that? Yes, they can loss money because they have the mentality of a rich grandchild (money grows on trees) and they have a purpose (people will be happy with the milk at the control price). After a while, the private company have to disappear, and the government stop importing the product and this just disappear from the market. Welcome to the 21st century socialism.

Story Highlights

  • During weekly national address, Hugo Chavez orders farmers to sell domestically
  • He says he will take over their farms or milk plants if they sell to buyers abroad
  • The Venezuelan president says he will ‘bring in the Army’ if necessary
  • In the face of a milk shortage, Chavez likened selling dairy abroad to “treason”

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez threatened on Sunday to take over farms or milk plants if owners refuse to sell their milk for domestic consumption and instead seek higher profits abroad or from cheese-makers.

With the country recently facing milk shortages, Chavez said “it’s treason” if farmers deny milk to Venezuelans while selling it across the border in Colombia or for gourmet cheeses.

“In that case the farm must be expropriated,” Chavez said, adding that the government could also take over milk plants and properties of beef producers.

“I’m putting you on alert,” Chavez said. “If there’s a producer that refuses to sell the product … and sells it at a higher price abroad … ministers, find me the proof so it can be expropriated.”

Addressing his Cabinet, he said: “If the army must be brought in, you bring in the army.”

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