Has the average Nicaraguan benefitted from the relationship with Venezuela?

Yes
40% (8 votes)
No
20% (4 votes)
Don't know
40% (8 votes)
Don't care
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 20

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Yes Venezuelan welfare gifts benefited ONE thing!

The rolling blackouts stopped with Venezuelan oil and generators and I voted yes because that helped "important me."
All else is a disaster for the country:
--Welfare gifts just lead to a larger overall long term country welfare mentality - No concept of helping themselves or work ethic to get ahead. Most of Nicaragua will continue to exist like the inner cities in the US where only a few businesses thrive and the rest live in poverty generation to generation with an average family income less than $200/month.
--The hate the US and admiration for the sewer of a country Venezuela and continue with no wish for a middle class and opportunities like we have had. Nicas will continue to think we "rich" Americans just "got" money - No concept that we had the opportunity to earn it.
--Nicas will accept total government corruption like in Venezuela and thus be happy when DO steals the tax money instead of spending it on infrastructure, schools, etc. Nicaragua will continue to be a welfare country totally dependent upon outside gifts for that. Meanwhile DO gets credit for all those gifts and he will continue to be the popular (non benevolent) dictator. Works for him, the uber wealthy "Pellases", and high paid government help that keep him there.

Until Nicaraguans understands how the rest of the world became wealthy they will have no hope and welfare gifts from Venezuela produce just the opposite effect.

It's complicated

Yes, But . .

There has been a clear trickle down that has benefited Nicaragua.

Some have benefited much more (Ortega friends), but the money hasn't gone offshore, so in the economic scheme of things, like of like that "a rising tide lifts all boats".

It's generated more of a middle class in Nicaragua, made PriceSmart viable. I voted YES

Money have left offshore

Huge amounts.

Not i open public accounts like Aleman, but rather in investments in different sectors to benefit the investor and much of the time in products imported back to Nicaragua, classic double dip, anyone thinks there is import duties for this transactions ?

I don't want to discuss IVA. I leave it up to you to figure that one out.

It's sad and nobody want to change it as far as I can see.

With Venezuela bankrupt and their old friend Russia stepping up to the plate with their own problems I just think it will be worse.

yes and no

Economically yes, politically no.

``Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples` money``

Margaret Thatcher

yes..but check out..

the price of beans..

Does the

Average Nica Living member have any idea what the average Nicaraguan is, let alone needs, wants or actually gets from the relationship with Venezuela?

There Has Been

consistent water and electricity this year.

Not one outage that I am aware of. I went to some effort and expense to install a backup water system in anticipation of the regular and extended water (and electrical) outages we had last summer. Neither happened this summer.

we have had

a water or power outage almost every day for the past 10 days. The most irritating are the water going off from dinnertime to midnight. relatives in town say this year is usual-- no water on Saturdays, etc.

``Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples` money``

Margaret Thatcher

This seems to be very regional/local

Jinotega has had some short power outages, but not particularly long (couple of hours at the most), and no water outages that weren't connected with system work (and even then not more than a day). Matagalpa has had some multi-day water outages, which for a town that's importing water from Sebaco isn't a surprise.

Rebecca Brown

Wonder Why

Maybe EstelĂ­ is growing so fast it's outstripping the infrastructure that supports it?

I wouldn't notice the power outages (other than the street being unusually quiet minus the competing stereos playing reggaeton and rap), but I would notice the missing water.

I dismantled my backup water system and took the tank and the pump up to the farm . . . Maybe I was counting my chickens a little early? Solar system still trucks along,, I'm trying something different with my interaction with Disnorte in an attempt to get the maximum subsidy, and at the same time keep a more uniform charge on the batteries (to extend their life). And, I want something that works without any input of my time other than adding water to the batteries.

This month's bill was C$ 364 (which is 25 KWH short of the max subsidy) in Condega, and another C$ 143 on the farm. The Condega number buys me AC for my afternoon nap (an excess of energy in the afternoon), and AC overnight if I need it (usually just the first half of the night). Unless Global Warming (or whatever it's called these days) gets totally out of hand, I'll never need AC at the 1200 meter elevation at the farm.

They ARE reading the newly installed campo meters, has to be costing them more in combustible and labor than they could be realizing in additional revenue over the flat rate. Kind of neat to see the meter start at zero and count up :)

it never had the infrastructure

and they will never catch up The story in the old neighborhood was that the water would be off on Saturdays for repairs. After 7 years of repair it is no better than before. It`s like the open manhole 2 blocks west of city hall. Its been that way for over 2 months. They just don`t care and nobody holds them responsible.

Oligarchy at work

`Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples` money``

Margaret Thatcher

Yes, same here in SJdS

and we have more money and get better stuff than most.

Missing manhole covers, gray water (maybe some black at times) flowing into the bay and a general lack of understanding (or evidence of such) as to what it means to be responsible for something Alcaldia).

Its the dumb ass stuff that irks the most. Cheap solutions that never make it into practice.

They would rather mop the floor all day than fix the tap.

But if I see another article where they have "Restored peoples rights" to something...I will scream.

Restoration suggests they had it in the first place and even if they did, you have had 8 years and 8 gazillion ALBA dollars to fix almost everything that needed fixing.

In general, I agree

Like most governments, there seems to be a lot more talk about what is being done for you than actual action. But, that said, it seems more things have been done in the last eight years than during the previous neo-liberal 16.

Yes Correct...

I call them the Idling years.

"I know we're barely ticking over, but at least we're not at war!"