Argentina: From Millionaires to Beggars, Cristina Kirchner’s Public “Intellectuals”
Cristina Kirchner and her corrupt associates once plundered government resources, while she ruled the land as her own personal fiefdom: those days are over.
The Cristina Kirchner loyalists, three years after having lost the privileges of power, are still disoriented. Much like the case of the fictional aristocrat Louis Winthorpe III, a character played by Dan Aykroyd in the comedy classic Trading Places, which sees him trade places with homeless vagabond William Valentine (Eddie Murphy), the privileged class of the previous government now have problems excepting the reality of their mundane existence as commoners.
Open Letter, the group of intellectuals that was dedicated to defending the policies implemented by Néstor and Cristina Kirchner, was always flush with cash while their heroes controlled Argentina’s executive branch. Today the situation is different. Many of the intellectuals who worked in support of the government have now had had to go out and look for their daily bread in the private sector, and had to start paying for their own expenses.
Oh the horror!
For them, everything was much easier before. Their members enjoyed “working” for the state-controlled media, in public television programs giving daily propaganda briefings, enjoying all the benefits of both direct and indirect financing. Such were the privileges available to the groups that wanted to dedicate themselves to support socialism and Kirchnerism.
Given that the very existence of these groups depended upon government subsidies, the financial and legal structures they established have now had serious problems to self-finance and obtain resources through the voluntary mechanisms of the free market. At the end of this year, the members of Open Letter who once enjoyed the massive communication apparatus of the state, are now struggling to raise the meager sum of 300,000 Argentine pesos (USD $ 7,850) for one of their projects.
The message they want to spread is called In difficult times, we need the principle of hope, and surely refers to the need for a glorious return to the Casa Rosada by everyone’s favorite leftist thug: Cristina Kirchner.
“Dear comrades, we are at risk of not being able to publish our publicity in Página12, for example, because we are not raising enough funds to make the payment prior to the deadline of Sunday, December 23,” they said in the communique.
The organization asked its followers to please “make the effort” to contribute, since “it would be a pity” not to be able to publish the propaganda that expresses “such an important message.”
They still have a few hours to raise the funds. If they are unable to do so, they will have to settle for social media. Likewise, even if they do not have sufficient resources to publish it in the newspaper, surely the ad will have repercussions in the national media.
The Open Letter propaganda pieces rarely escape from the absurd, so they are usually worthy of national news. It is worth remembering the opportunity in which Ricardo Forster, member of the organization, who worked in the government as “Secretary of Strategic Coordination for National Thought”, said that inflation was a phenomenon that occurred because Argentines were happy and willing to pay more for products.
It is safe to say that Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will not have a nice quiet Christmas at home. First the infamous “notebooks” case was uncovered, involving a widespread culture of corruption, and impending legal charges against numerous Kirchner-era cronies. This morning, prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita requested that another case be brought to oral arguments regarding charges for illicit association and money laundering in the infamous “Hotesur” case, in which Kirchner was implicated in a substantial money laundering scheme related to her family’s lucrative hotel business.
Beyond the fact that the former president has many legal charges in progress; she is mainly concerned with her two children Máximo and Florencia Kirchner, who are deeply involved in all her scandals. Another defendant in this case, and close Kirchner associate, is the businessman Lázaro Báez, who has been detained for two years.
In Argentina, the party is over for Kirchner and her corrupt thugs, who plundered the country for more than a decade.