Central planning isn’t going so well in Venezuela, so maybe the new Ministry of Happiness will help lift people’s spirits. They may not be able to buy toilet paper, but hey, why not give a little joy-by-bureaucracy a try?
Americans may insist on the right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it.
President Nicolas Maduro says the new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness will coordinate all the “mission” programs created by the late President Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty.
So far it doesn’t seem to be going over too well.
In downtown Caracas, fruit vendor Victor Rey said he’s now waiting for Maduro to create a vice ministry of beer.
“That would make me, and all the drunks, happy,” he said.
A TV journalist whose show was recently forced off the air after he refused to censor political opponents of the ruling socialists, Leopoldo Castillo, called Maduro’s announcement an international embarrassment.
Housewife Liliana Alfonzo, 31, said that instead of a Supreme Happiness agency she’d prefer being able to get milk and toilet paper, which disappear off store shelves minutes after arriving at stores. (Read More)
Let’s just hope they don’t give the idiots in DC any ideas.