[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: The Long Descent Continues

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Long Descent Continues

In Venezuela, hugo chavez wants to clamp down on vices.

An excerpt:

(chavez's) government announced increased taxes on alcohol and tobacco on Monday, and Chavez also plans steep new taxes on luxury items such as fancy cars and artwork.

It's all part of Chavez's efforts to encourage Venezuelans to adopt the psyche of the "New Man," a socialist revolutionary with a monk-like purity of purpose. Chavez often cites the life of Cuba's iconic hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara as an ideal example - and complains that many Venezuelans' values are not up to par.

"We're one of the countries that consumes the most whisky per capita in the world. We should be ashamed," Chavez said recently on national television. "I'm not willing to continue offering dollars to import whisky in these quantities. What kind of revolution is this? The Whisky Revolution? The Hummer Revolution? No, this is a real revolution!"

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.



Blogger Steven said...

What is really funny about it is that whiskey imports were eligible for government subsidies! What he is talking about is canceling government subsidies and maybe adding a tax for good measure (I doubt that would actually happen). Because of Venezuela's wacky currency control laws, the government was paying the equivalent of close to 60% the cost of imported whiskey creating a huge discount.

6:29 PM, October 09, 2007  

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