June 3, 2008

YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR, SADLY:

Hard Times for Ortega (José Adán Silva, Jun 3, 2008, IPS)

Economic problems and persistent poverty, along with his unconditional support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and expressions of sympathy towards Colombia’s guerrillas, have plunged Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s approval ratings to a new low, analysts say.

The latest poll published by the non-governmental Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUNDES) indicates that the number of people in this Central American country who say they feel poorer and more hopeless has increased since Ortega took office in January 2007.

Seven out of 10 respondents in a national sample of 1,600 people said they were pessimistic about the immediate future of the country because they thought their purchasing power would continue to shrink and inflation would be higher than in 2007, when it stood at 16.8 percent. Between January and April 2008, the inflation rate was 6.8 percent.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 3, 2008 12:47 PM
Comments

I still can't believe they elected this bozo again, after the disaster of his first administration and his stepdaughter's stories of molestation.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 3, 2008 1:04 PM

Those who voted their wishful thinking deserve what they voted for.

Now Reagan has gone, may be Ortega can become a thoroughly good communist, like uncle Fidel. He can nationalize the Nicaraguan economy, declare the country in a state of emergency when people protest, impose martial law and would not hold another election.

Posted by: ic at June 3, 2008 1:44 PM

Those who voted their wishful thinking deserve what they voted for

And yet this country is about to be offered as candidate a guy who's running on nothing but wishful thinking. A guy who'll fit somewhere in between Buchanan and Carter in the list of Presidents should he win.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 3, 2008 9:34 PM

Which is what the Democrats deserve.

Posted by: oj at June 4, 2008 8:24 AM
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