In Venezuela, the very active National Assemblyman, Jose Manuel Gonzalez, has continued to bring his experience and leadership to create solutions. The problems must be handled in a more practical manner than in the past, insists Gonzalez. He blames the huge populist movement of the past for the current government’s many problems. He uses the recent example of a minimum wage law that the government declared, with no associated mechanism to enforce. He called such delusional legislation a “pipe dream” with no healthy economy to support such ideas, however grand.
While he is one of the first to admit to the problems being experienced by the Venezuelan government, he has also expressed his desire to keep working for real solutions. He will not be satisfied until something more than the broken, half-thought-out, miserable plans of the recent past are enacted. These non-solutions he labels as “band-aid projects” of no real value to the people of the land.
Gonzalez says the governments serious problems are also causing the Venezuelan people many problems in trade with other nations. Chief among the debilitating issues is the trade embargo that the United States and other formerly major trade partners have imposed on Venezuela. He says much of his time in government has been spent rooting out corruption and thieving inside the federal government. His special focus has been the breakdowns in the government’s management of farmers in producing enough food for the nation.
Jose Manuel Gonzalez has a strong sense of fairness and just business practices. That is why he was sent to represent the people in the National Assembly. He is loved by a large portion of the population. He has had his own export business and also managed the nation’s export policies in the area of agriculture. He was not at all interested in entering the field of politics. It was the urging of many other people that caused him to step up and become an active politician in Venezuela. His leadership and clarity of vision are valued by his countrymen.