Americans are leaivng Argentina faster than the Methodists at noon on Sunday.
Corruption, inflation and crime are all conspiring to make Argentina a worse place to live than it was even 13 years ago when the population marched in the streets, setting fire to “policia” cars, and just about tore down the Pink House brick by brick.
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner keeps trying to pour salve on it. Just like that lady at Koinonia, Sarah P., Kirchner keeps talking and talking and talking and, well, no one’s listening. She thinks her solution is the only viable one around and if she keeps talking long enough her dreams will come true.
Ain’t gonna happen.
Prices here rise rapidly. It’s nothing to see 25% inflation — weekly. The government tried to institute ‘price controls’ a few months ago, but the economic minister got greedy and accepted some healthy payola from food distribution and grocery supply warehouses.
Argentina doesn’t make anything anymore…actually, according to the history that I’ve read, they’ve never made anything here substantial.
In the early years of the country, all manufacturing was done in Britian and the products sold here. That’s pretty much a trend that has continued.
Electronics are impossible to get affordably; I know several expats that are bringing in iPads from the US where they can be bought for a third of what they cost here. Other electronic items, GPS, iPODS and so on are also outrageous.
The police are corrupt, the politicians are corrupt, the government bureaucrats are corrupt. Corruption is a way of life here in Argentina and it’s become accepted.
Politicians are almost expected to dip National Bank and use it as their own little treasure chest. Even (President Cristina) Kirchner has been caught carting out millions of American dollars in private planes and the public just shrugs and turns on another soccer game.
There are signs though that the business-as-usual attitude is starting to vaporize. People are more active in protesting, anxious for their opportunity to kick Cristina to the curb. Rumor has it that she is trying to manipulate her way in to a 3rd term. The Constituion here limits a president to two terms and the naive foreigner will wonder aloud, “How can she just change the Constitution?”
IRAN, IRAQ and CHINA
While America is busy getting bogged down with scandals dujour, Latin America has been cozying up to some folks that Americans really don’t want to see anyone cozy up to.
In the mid 90s a bomb was set off outside the Jewish AMIA (Community Center) here in Buenos Aires. 85 people were killed and hundreds wounded.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Argentina and Iran signed an agreement to investigate the bombing jointly. That’s kind of like the US and Bin Laden sitting down to investigate the ’83 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon. Just not a real good idea.
It’s an open secret that there are dozens of Iraqi sleeper cells here in Argentina with dozens more throughout Latin America.
Argentina gives safe passage and protection to the terrorists in exchange for some badly needed currency. From Argentina and Brazil, US soil is only a stone’s throw away and it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out some of the activities that these sleeper cells may be called on for in the near future.
Since China pretty much owns most of America, they’ve set their sites on Argentina — and Argentina isn’t playing hard to get.
Last week the two countries signed a multi-billion dollar agreement that calls for Argentina to build Chinese fighter jets. Now me, I wouldn’t want to get into anything that is built by the Argentines, but China’s reputation for solid building ranks somewhere just below the loser in a game of Jinga.
Well, it’s pretty obvious. Americans (and other nationals) are bailing out of Argentina so fast you can almost hear the sucking sound as the hot air leaves the country.
Those of us that are left have only a couple choices. Bide our time until we can get the hell out too, or take an active part and see what is going to go down.
Buenos Aires is Ale’s hometown. Born and raised here, I couldn’t ask her to leave for all the tea in China. So, I’m going to grab the camera and as long as she let’s me hang out in the streets and take pictures, that’s what I’m going to do.
But just in case things get too crazy here too quick, will someone leave the light on for us?
- Argentina’s Share of Global Bitcoin Downloads Triples in July Amid Inflation and Capital Controls (thegenesisblock.com)
- Argentina’s Perfect Storm is ready for revolution: Here’s Proof (journeyamerica.wordpress.com)
- U.S. Hedge Funds Paint Argentina as Ally of Iranian ‘Devil’ – Part One (ipsnews.net)
- Improving Iran-Argentina ties irk US (rinf.com)
- Spiraling Inflation Forces Argentina to Freeze the Price of Food (theblaze.com)