By Tomas Sancio | Venezuelan Politics
16.07.05 | This is another example of the elected officials who owe more to the President and party leader that allowed them to run for office and provide them with their funds than to the people that elected them. In a well-functioning Democracy, the Greater Caracas Mayor, Juan Barreto wouldn't have to go out of his way to plaster the images of Chávez on police cars. However, it seems that he needs to continuosly praise his leader in order to keep a level of support from the President. That's the sad story of this government: a charismatic leader chooses no-names* to work for him that, barring management skills, compete for his attention through countless different brown-nosing techniques. It's simple, if you don't suck it up to the leader, you're out of the loop. How sad.
The saddest part is not the decoration of the cars themselves (not unlike North Korea, in which the images of Kim Jong Il are plastered everywhere), but the text of the paid advertisement from which this picture was taken (published in El Nacional, today):
* Barreto is not a no-name. He was a very famous journalist before Chávez. Unfortunately, he had never held any Mayor position nor similar post.
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