Christmas Comes Early to Venezuela, by Presidential Decree

President Nicolás Maduro rings in "early Christmas" two months ahead of actual Christmas

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Nicolás Maduro, then acting Venezuelan President, greets supporters as he arrives for his closing campaign rally in Caracas on April 11, 2013

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro wished Venezuelans a “merry early Christmas” on Saturday and kicked off the festivities by flicking on the Nativity lights at the presidential palace. The reason for the early celebration, he explained, was to bring “happiness for everyone.” That happiness comes in the form of early Christmas bonuses, which will be paid out to public employees on Nov. 10 and 11, according to Fox News Latino.

Cynics have noted Maduro’s stocking stuffers will fall suspiciously close to municipal elections on Dec. 8, but Maduro refused to let the Grinches dampen his spirit.

“Early Christmas is the best vaccine for anyone who wants to make things up, anyone who wants to stir up trouble and violence,” he said in a televised speech.

He also defended his plan to spread year-round cheer through the establishment of a Ministry of Supreme Happiness. “It’s provocative to make it a ministry, right?” Maduro said, before imploring Venezuelans to live their lives to the fullest. “That’s the main message I wanted to give here. Let’s be happy and make others happy too.”

On the upside, Venezuela consistently ranks high on the list of happiest nations, in which case the President and the Ministry of Supreme Happiness may be preaching to the converted.

[Fox News Latino]

2 comments
vlssharp
vlssharp

Sure...lets all be 'happy' while we waste our time/days waiting in all the ques that we have to do, due to the, dysfunction even to make even a simple document or to buy milk or flour we have to wait/struggle. Or maybe we should be happy while we consider how to pay for the groceries which are week to week increasing due to the more than 27% inflation, the fact that it costs more than one month (minimum salary) to buy a pair of Jeans, that should make us happy right. I think when you need a Ministry specifically appointed to help with promoting happiness is when you know there really is a HUGE problem (or many).


JoséGomes
JoséGomes

Only the head of a mentally retarded that such supreme happiness can come by decree !