Or a handbook on how Argentinian Government runs this country.
87 fucking days. That is how long the strikes and protests from the rural workers has lasted. There have been ups and downs. We've seen Supermarket shelves empty and fill up again. Now we see them emptying.
What is going on around here is the kind of idiotic fight our current government loves to get into. Their definition of strength is to never step back a single inch. It would seem that "to talk" equals "debility" in their deranged and power blinded minds.
It all started due to a tax imposition to agricultural exports. With soybean and other commodities at record prices Government thought it would be a good idea to increase the export fees. There were two problems with this: a. It didn't contemplate that such high taxes would strangle small producers and b. the money will most certainly go to some obscure account somewhere in the Cayman Islands.
If a government calculates year-to-year inflation in 9% and independent studies show it could be nowhere bellow 25% one of two things must be happening. Those in charge of price variation measurements are either morons (and they need to quit) or they lie (and they need to quit). Only in a country such as Argentina can something so obscenely absurd can be sustained for so long.
The sheer lack of political intelligence to solve something as primary as food production in a country which has historically based its economy on... Guess what? food production, demostrates that this government (as those that preceded) cares not about the general wellbeing but to make as much money as they can during their time in power.
I don't think I have ever came across a policy that was thought to last for longer than a couple of years in my entire adulthood. A country is not built upon temporary fixes. A country is built with a general direction in mind, with a common goal, with planning, with long term policies.
Argentina survives by the sheer fact that we have settled on a blessed land. All it takes is to toss a couple of seeds and plants grow. Drill a hole on a mountain and some mineral pops out. Anyone who ever visits is amazed by the beauty of the geography. Maybe that's our problem, we take things for granted. Way too much. (There is even an old Joke about that: God is creating Earth and places great farmlands, beautiful mountains, amazing coastlines all in the same place; some Archangel comes and notices this; thus he asks God if he didn't go too far with the good things on this particular land. God smiles and replies: "maybe, but I'm going to fill it up with Argentinians")
This government (and their farmer counterparts) are sickening. The greed and idiocy on the method never cease to amuse me in the worst possible way.
(can you tell I'm pissed?)