Sunday, July 17, 2016

Meet Hugo’s daughter (‘La chica rica’)

Let me introduce you to the richest young woman in Venezuela, or “la chica rica”, i.e. the rich girl.      
Her name is María Gabriela Chávez, or the daughter of the socialist Hugo Chavez.    
According to Ezequiel Spector, a lawyer, PhD candidate, professor at the University Torcuato Di Tella and contributor at PanAm Post, this is one lucky Maria:
The alleged fortune of María Gabriela Chávez, daughter of the late Hugo Chávez, has recently stirred up controversy in Venezuela. Media reports suggest that Chávez’s daughter has US$4.2 billion stored in bank accounts in the United States and Andorra, which might make her the wealthiest person in Venezuela.
Critics have pointed to a supposed inconsistency: how can one support the so-called Bolivarian Revolution while enjoying such enormous riches? However, the premise of this critique is flawed, because it assumes that Chavismo emerged to uphold rights and equality.
How did the Chavez family get so filthy rich? Did they create great industries and hire thousands of people?   Did they contribute to the economy?    They did it because they stole it in the name of income inequality:
They are rich because the government has awarded them privileges and subsidies, at the expense of the average citizen. That’s 21st-century socialism’s social mobility. They don’t want capitalism, since their socialist system has already made them quite comfortable.
They also do it because the Western media doesn’t ask them about their wealth.    
For example, Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela, recently visited the US.   She was given a total pass by US journalists who were fascinated by the Cuban health care system rather than Castro, Inc, the empire that has made her family fifthly rich too.    
Maria Gabriela in Caracas and Mariela in Havana, a couple of lucky girls who preach socialism and live like Maria Antoniette!    
As Hall & Oates sang many years ago:  
“You can rely on the old man’s money
You can rely on the old man’s money….”
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