Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #21)
Sat Aug 17, 2013, 09:19 AM
Socialistlemur (770 posts)
22. Luis Vicente Leon is a highly respected pollster and analyst
Mr Leon is considered an authority, and therefore he is quoted because he has the credibility to make his opinions known and published. He has a wealth of poll data which he sells privately, and one of his main clients is the Venezuelan government. Mr Leon has predicted election outcomes very accurately, and has an uncanny take on the popular pulse.
I've met him in person and listened to his briefings, and he is a consummate professional. If you want to become more sophisticated as an observer of the Venezuelan scene, it would pay you to listen to what he has to say.
The government of Venezuela isn't really socialist right now. It's undergoing a deep transformation. What Maduro inherited was a very corrupt regime, full of officials who had joined the PSUV for monetary gain. These bands of thieves have cleaned out the treasury, becoming hyperactive when Chavez was nearly dead from cancer and Maduro was nominally in charge. The amount of money stolen has been incredible.
And this is the reason why Maduro is asking to be given the ability to rule by decree. Decrees he would pass to try to control corruption but also to intensify repression against the opposition. Thus Maduro, who is guided by Cubans, is in a huge bind. He is trying to get the ability to rule like Chavez did, but he can't get it passed legally by the National Assembly (it requires a supermajority vote they lack). If he insists it'll be a sign he is headed for a self coup like Fujimori, a shut down of the parliament like Hitler did, and well on his way to be a dictator.
The homophobic rant by this thug was allowed to go on by National Assembly president Cabello. This means they are indeed nervous and scared, and acting at odds. Cabello versus Maduro is a reality, and those two and their respective bands lack discipline. The Cubans of course want them to tone it down, but there are too many in high positions with sick personalities, no real training as statesmen, and a huge streak of venality. It's absurd, but that's Venezuela today.
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Luis Vicente Leon is a highly respected pollster and analyst
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