Friday, December 14, 2007

Venezula socialism... for some, anyway

It appears that some of Chavez's allies are gun ho for the Chavez socialist agenda... as long as it isn't applied to them.

Justice Minister Pedro Carreno became the subject of widespread criticism and ridicule by local media this week, when a journalist asked if it wasn't contradictory to attack capitalism while sporting a $180 Louis Vuitton tie and $500 Gucci shoes.

Apparently caught off guard, Carreno stammered unintelligibly for a few seconds before responding: "It's not contradictory because I would like Venezuela to produce all this, that way I could purchase things produced here instead of 95 percent of what we consume being imported."


Information Minister Willian Lara often wears Tommy Hilfiger jackets, although they are red - the color of Chavez's ruling party. And Luis Acosta, the pro-Chavez governor of Carabobo state, argued last year that authorities can purchase expensive cars without sacrificing their revolutionary ideals.

"Is it that we revolutionaries don't have the right to have a Hummer or a car? If we make money, we can do it," Acosta said.

What a hoot....

1 comment:

Alia said...

Their socialists sound just like ours. Witness Hillary Clinton and her "cattle futures" investments of the 90s: somehow it was fine for her but for anyone but a Democrat -- it is evil and corrupt.