Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s has set up a – Viceministerio Suprema Felicidad Social del Pueblo – a Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness of the village.
It’s supposed to co-ordinate all the mission programmes started to eliminate poverty by former President Hugo Chavez.
“I have decided to create this Vice ministry and I have given it this name to honour Chávez and Bolívar,” Mr Maduro announced on Thursday in a televised speech made from the presidential palace. He said that the Vice ministry aimed to take care of the most “sublime, vulnerable and delicate, to those who are most loved by anyone who calls themselves a revolutionary, a Christian and Chavista.” . . .
In downtown Caracas, fruit vendor Victor Rey said he is now waiting for Maduro to create a vice ministry of beer.
“That would make me, and all the drunks, happy,” he said. . .
Housewife Liliana Alfonzo, 31, said that instead of a Supreme Happiness agency she would prefer being able to get milk and toilet paper, which disappear off store shelves minutes after arriving at stores.
“It’s a Calvary getting the ingredients for any meal,” she said.
Vice would be the operative word under this regime.
High inflation and government price controls have created shortages of basic goods.
Happiness isn’t the socialism this regime imposes.
It’s enough loo paper and other essential items most of us are fortunate enough to be able to take for granted.