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    Dave wrote:
    "Discovering the PLC’s clear complicity with the FSLN in the 2008 electoral fraud :

    PLC and FSLN complicity
    in the electoral fraud
    The outcome of those elections was an electoral fraud, which we denounced and which the international com¬munity—among them the GTZ from Germany, the Carter CenterEuropean Union—proved and documented in various reports. All clearly show the procedures the government party used to carry out this fraud. All reports agree that in 37 of the 39 municipalities where fraud occurred, the winning mayoral candidates were those the VCE had been allowed to select. In only one municipality of those stolen, Wiwilí, was the candidate a PLC Liberal. And in the case of the municipality of Jinotega—also subject to fraud—the candidate was from the PLC but had been a dissident and had organized the ALN in the 2006 campaign.

    Discovering the PLC’s clear complicity with the FSLN in the 2008 electoral fraud was a lesson that many in our movement found hard to assimilate. It was hard to grasp that the FSLN and the PLC are two sides of the same power system in Nicaragua, that power is controlled between them and the task of those of us outside this system is to break that power structure. It’s hard to understand that the debate we see today in the Supreme Court, the Supreme Electoral Council, the Comptroller General’s Office or other governmental bodies have only one purpose: how to share public posts between the two parties. There’s no debate about how to choose people capable of cleaning up the Court, the Comptroller’s Office or electoral branch. The debate is only about how much you get and how much is for me. Over the years the split in this share-out has increasingly favored Ortega’s group, with less and less going to Alemán’s. The arguments between the two parties are only about how to divvy up a cake that both parties consider belongs to them. No one from these two groups discusses how to place the cake in a democratic game so the people can decide what to do with it.

    The pact’s balance of power
    Despite all the criticism that can be made of the FSLN, it has to be recognized that it operates based on a strategic vision of power while its allies, the PLC Liberals, take over the posts they were given based only on a short-term vision of taking charge. And that’s one of the reasons why the Liberals have ended in the hands of the Ortega group in the pact between Arnoldo and Daniel. One side is playing for power and the other side for positions, with the advantage going to those who play for power. This has totally shifted the correlation of the pact.

    Arnoldo’s Liberals couldn’t even operate efficiently within the pact. One very clear example shows this: if Arnoldo Alemán had really made a “quality” politically-grounded pact from the power point of view (obviously setting aside ethical considerations), he shouldn’t have spent even two hours in jail given the eight justices he had in the Supreme Court in 2002. Did Daniel get locked up when they accused him of sexual abuse? Arnoldo and Daniel each had eight justices in the Court, but the PLC ones were so politically inefficient they couldn’t even save Alemán from being tried. Not even in that case did they know how to play the game. How are they going to act now to change the system?

    The business class’ vision
    This power pact also has an economic aspect and from this perspective we should ask what’s happening today with the Nicaraguan business class. There have always been people who prefer to play with those who can get things done and we know that those in power can do a lot. That’s why we see many people in private enterprise today with no ideological links to the FSLN or the PLC who have decided to play along with them because they have power and can share out posts from which things can get done… What things? French academic [and European New Right founder] Alain de Benoist, has characterized the moneyed Right as people who don’t have principled convictions, but rather interested principles. It is a Right that plays in an absolute ideological relativism. They don’t care who’s in charge; they make accommodations with anyone to ensure their financial interests. They don’t care if institutions collapse or if they’re called short sighted; the only thing they care about are their businesses, making money.

    This is the current vision of a large part of Nicaragua’s business class. For some time they have sought power only to make wealth: either personal wealth—in totally corrupt regimes—or national wealth created from the exercise of power. Now they’re looking for wealth in order to be in power, to stay in power. The priority is making money. It’s a diametrical shift, and one that explains the strange political alliances we’re seeing today in Nicaragua, with a government that says it’s on the left but makes a lot of money and has its main allies among the country’s big business sector, not among small and medium businesses.

    From this perspective, the comment I heard Eduardo Montealegre make when Ortega’s government presented its first General Budget to the National Assembly in 2007 isn’t unusual. We know that the budget (how they plan to use public resources, what will be invested in) is any country’s main development tool. When Eduardo read it through (and, as a former finance minister, he knew how to), he told me: “This is any rightwinger’s golden dream.” The way the budget was structured, the way social spending was cut, the way the fiscal deficit was handled, all the decisions taken not for economic development but according to fiscal and monetarist criteria… were those of a rightwing government. Daniel Ortega’s government is one where “they do as they please, and let the chips fall where they may.”"
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    James wrote:
    "People we have Facts no Bull! if you feel your blood boiling is Good because Enough is Enough of this 2 Pendejos Ladrones of the Nicarguan peoples not to mention the repression in my Miskitia Coast, Time for a Change a real change!
    Is not what you can do for Yourself...but what you can for your Country
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