Monday, March 12, 2007
A Quick Update
The meat and chicken situation is better. Not quite back to normal, but much better. The government refused to raise the prices, but as of March 1st, the value added tax was eliminated. So the price is the same for the consumer, but a little more profit for those in the food distribution chain. At my local store, they are only selling chickens whole, and the meat in big 5-10 kilo chunks. If you want the butchers to clean up, that is now an extra fee. I just wonder how the poor manage?
Still have not seen beans and except for the one time, no white sugar either. We are using brown sugar on everything but thats ok( because we shared our white sugar). We are glad to have the sugar at all.
Lots of anti-Bush protests going on in South America this week, but actually they were not well attended. It never ceases to amaze me how the US media portray things! There were only 6000 or so protesters in Brazil, and in Argentina, the protesters were paid and bussed in. One surprise was that even Evo Morales abstained from taking part. I am sure Chavez will not be happy about a lot of things that took place with the Bush visit. Here is a photo I know he will hate!
It was also announced that in order to fight inflation, we will be taking three zeros off. This has been done before and it will not help. It only makes the math easier! Not dealing with millions and billions. The new currency will be called the STRONG BOLIVAR.
AND YET ANOTHER WARDEN MESSAGE FOR TODAY
This warden message is being issued to alert American citizens traveling to and residing in Caracas, Venezuela, of a demonstration called by a pro-Venezuelan government organization for today, Monday, March 12, which may disrupt traffic around the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. Media reports indicate that the group is urging supporters to congregate in La Plaza Brion de Chacaito at 10:00 a.m. Marchers are expected to arrive at the U.S. Embassy in Urbanizacion Colinas de Valle Arriba by early or mid-afternoon.