Official optimism and social pessimism

Editorial from El Diario, pictures from the internet:

In Bolivia’s current political landscape – on the eve of a questioned presidential election, with a candidate vetoed by the Constitution, by the referendum of February 21, 2016 and the population that opposes the candidacy that tries to eternalize in power- there are thorny aspects, worthy of observation or, at least, of some analysis due to its ostensible presence.

One of them is that while in the interior of the country there is a notable opposition to the government, expressed in multiple manifestations of force in the streets and fields, abroad, among some sectors, a functional support to the insensitive and satisfied bureaucracy, aspects that deserve to be examined for their various objective and subjective characteristics.

On the one hand, one aspect of interest is the one referred to the optimism of the ruling party regarding the economic situation of the country, such as that of the president of the Central Bank that says we are going well, sailing and building imaginary castles, while public opinion perceives that economic reality is on the steep slope of an ostensible crisis.

Regarding the second point, the optimism of high authorities who claim that the level of inflation falls and the economic growth of the country increases, while, on the other hand, the objective data that the people perceive reveal a very contrary perspective and less flattering.

In this last sense, there is, for example, the fall in the volume of gas exports and the considerable decrease in monetary income, of foreign exchange that is projected at all levels from the coffers of the State to the pocket of the last inhabitant of the country. Revenues are declining due to the sharp drop in raw material prices, termination of contracts, observations of buyers, etc., but especially because the production and export of gas is in its last breaths.

On the other hand, mining production is also falling due to low productivity, jukeo [theft], administrative failures, supernumerary workers, irrational expenses, partisan pressures. The “Lucianita” grinding mill is still a “white elephant”, etc. Mineral production fell from 600 to 480 tons per month, while the price plummeted by about fifty percent, with no possibility of rebound. In another aspect, the state bureaucracy, increased in geometric proportion, only consumes high salaries and produces very little.

To this panorama is added the agrarian crisis in much of the country, which has stopped producing food, while the government encourages the production of ethanol, coca and makes no effort to increase the production of potatoes, wheat, vegetables, fruit , etc., while smuggling grows, official and private imports that kill the native industry and even handicrafts.

Finally, there is a bleak panorama of the national reality and an illusory vision of the authorities, with the aggravating fact that the latter only believe, blinded by a dense mantle of unrealism, in a uniparty world, where the cornucopia of abundance spills their harvests, causing the happiness and revelry of a citizenry, actually disoriented by falsehoods and errors, and from which they await their vote for the re-re-election of the candidate vetoed by the Constitution, by the 21F referendum and by historical background that are obvious with sharp examples.

Published by Bolivian Thoughts

Senior managerial experience on sustainable development projects.

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