Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What do they do in Venezuela with their oil money?

They buy Scotch whiskey...

But Venezuela’s leaders have tried to politicize Scotch, as they have with much else in this polarized country. Benjamín Rausseo, a comedian running for president against Mr. Chávez, has jabbed the government by promising to build a “whiskyducto,” a pipeline to transport the whiskey directly from Scotland. For Mr. Chávez, however, imported whiskey is no joke. He has made it clear that there is little space for Scotch in his “Bolivarian revolution,” once describing oil executives as “living in chalets performing orgies, drinking whiskey.”

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