Personal Crisis _ An Update

First of all, I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate all the messages of support that I received.  I can tell you that is not easy to bring a tear to these old eyes, but you all did just that.

It took two hard days of driving to get here but we found everything normal and no National  Guard in site. There had been a couple of dozen National Guardsmen here on Wednesday and handful on Tuesday just walking around and taking notes.  We spent Saturday and Sunday talking to as many property owners as we could. I must report that I am very disillusioned with these Venezuelans. They are all very upset and worried but none want to form an organized resistance. Some with more money than sense are searching for someone to  pay-off. Others say that they are business owners and they are afraid that if they put-up a resistance that the government will come after their businesses next. Others are just plain scared. The only people willing to stand with Rosa and I are a group of men who work maintaining yards and doing odd jobs in the development. They know that if the government takes control of all these homes they will be without work. And, by the way, all of these workers are Chavistas.

So, it looks like if push comes to shove, it will be Rosa and I and a handful of local laborers and my three dogs as the only ones willing to make a stand.

There is some good news. In the Sunday news paper there was the story of a Chavista woman who represents a group of people made homeless by the latest floods and she had some words for the President. Paraphrasing, she said “Yes, Mr. Present, we are angry. But we are not angry with people who have more than one house. They earned their money and have a right to spend it as they see fit. We are angry at you Mr. President. For 12 years you have said that you are going to build hundreds of thousands of homes that the poor could  buy on credit and every year you built between 15,000 and 30,000. You know that is not enough Mr. President. It’s not the fault of these home owners that we are homeless. It your fault Mr. President.”

So as strange as it may sound, we are getting more support from the Chavistas than we are from the other property owners.

We don’t know what is going to happen with the sale of our house. The woman who has a contract to buy it  is a Chavista who works for the Ministry of Education. W have been told by a third-party that she doesn’t seem to be worried. In other words, she thinks that her position in government will protect her. We’ll have to wait and see. The contract expires on the third of March.

 Anyway, here we are camping out in a house with out one stick of furniture. A  kindly neighbor lent us a small plastic table and one plastic chair. At least now I have a place to sit down and a place for my lap top. For the next few weeks, it looks like I’ll have plenty of time  keep the blog going.  The reality is that we don’t know what is going to happen next. All I know is that if they want to take my home they’ll have to take it by force.  But for the time being, we are safe and sound and we are going to try to stay that way.

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15 thoughts on “Personal Crisis _ An Update

  1. Great to hear from you, Sorry to hear you are having a rough time. I thought I read that there is an election coming up? I read he spoke of it.. any chance of a change?

    1. Thanks B’ville. For the moment things are quite. Our elections aren’t until 2012. There is a chance for change; but it is a small chance. He controls the mechanisms for counting the votes and for the audits. The opposition has to win by a very wide margin or else the election will be stolen.

      1. Thanks, Jim. I appreciate it.

        Yes, it was quite scary. I really planned on working today, but the dizziness was too bad, even with taking my medication. Trust me, this is getting more than a little old to me.

      1. “Heads up” means keep your head down. Don’t ask me why.

        What you’re going through is a great example of what happens when state power usurps private enterprise and private property (inseparable concepts). How long before California starts that?

        In a blog I read called Coyote Blog ( Warren did a post about a ruling in NY that said that a couple who lived in CT and had a vacation home in NY had to pay NY income taxes… in addition to their CT income taxes! Both! How long before bankrupt state governments start doing what Chavez is doing down there?

  2. I know it is easy for me to say, but hang in there! I am hoping that everything works out for you, I can’t possibly inderstand what you are going through but I am hoping that everything turns out okay!

    1. Thanks, Steve. Hell, I’m in the middle of it and I don’t understand it either. That is a bit of an exaggeration but you know what I mean. The fact that they haven’t already acted is a good sign. But with these wing-nuts, you never know.

  3. We are thinking of you and hoping for the best.

    Yes, the states are starting to move in on private property to take more of the wealth. In South Carolina they are now assessing a higher rate of property taxes on “second homes” than the primary residences. In other words, if you have a vacation home at the beach in SC, you now pay a higher rate for that one than your house in wherever you live most of the year. If you own a second house as an investment to rent to others, it now is assessed at the higher rate also. This is after the “supposed” conservative” Nikki Haley was just elected governor of that state after Mark Sanford stepped down. So much for the “conservative” label on that one.

    The more the Feds raped the state economies….and the more the states allowed them to do it, the worse this is going to get. And…the more the federal policies pushed industries out of the country, the lower the amt. of revenue every level of government is taking in from corporate taxes…so who is going to get hit? Private citizens and property owners.

    Chavez is on the leading cusp of a world wide wealth grab. I only wish it were not so..

    Take care and I hope you found an air mattress to sleep on at least…
    Hopeful vibes sending your way…

    1. Thanks, Cheryl. Your kind words mean a lot. You guessed it; one air mattress is what we have. Could be worse, right?

      What I don’t understand and will never understand is how so many Americans can accept what the Feds are doing to them. I don’t get it!

  4. Hopefully this all works out for you. Sounds like the timing of this whole thing couldn’t be worse for you, but maybe this “privileged” buyer is right and she will be exempted.
    This story drives home the point that government does not create…they confiscate. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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