Will Ecuador drought dry up Correa's popularity?

Dec 14, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Reuters

A drought in Ecuador is causing power blackouts throughout the country, slowing the economy's recovery and helping to push Rafael Correa's popularity to the lowest point of his presidency.

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Pablo Quezada

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I am from Cuenca-Ecuador, and I cant believe why people write bad things about Ecuador and its goverment, I agree that Ecuador is a poor and corrupt country but its not this goverment's foult. For me Rafael Correa is the best president that Ecuador have had in it history and he is not like Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro. Correa has friendship with all presidents around the world. three mounths ago I was in Venezuela and I cound see that Chaavez is a bad president but Correa is a good one. Correa is figthing againt the ex presidents or ex goverments who almost break down our country and its their foult my country have problems now...
latino_gringo

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Pablo Quezada wrote:
I am from Cuenca-Ecuador, and I cant believe why people write bad things about Ecuador and its goverment, I agree that Ecuador is a poor and corrupt country but its not this goverment's foult. For me Rafael Correa is the best president that Ecuador have had in it history and he is not like Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro. Correa has friendship with all presidents around the world. three mounths ago I was in Venezuela and I cound see that Chaavez is a bad president but Correa is a good one. Correa is figthing againt the ex presidents or ex goverments who almost break down our country and its their foult my country have problems now...
A good president?

1. Tell me how many good paying jobs Correa has created? In fact tell me how many jobs Correa has created! Answer: NONE
2. Since there is NO WATER what good is it to build another hydro electric dam and plant? Answer: A waste of money. Seek alternative energy sources and put people to work.
3. While I commend Correa for wanting a minimum salary per month of $340 a month, most businesses will not pay this kind of money. Many articles in the newspaper to support this.
4. Why does Hugo shut down newspapers when they say bad things about him and Correa wants to do the same thing. There is a bill in congress waiting for votes to pass such a law.
5. Unemployment is over 14% in Guayaquil alone! FAmily and friends have been out of work for over 14 months with NO help from the Correa government.
6. The average citizen can not buy land or a house here, prices have gone through the roof. Is Correa helping them? Answer: No
7. Name me products you can buy in the store made in Ecuador and not colombia or china?

Last time I checked a republic was a form of Democracy and not a socialist state. Correa is taking over companies or has taken over companies for what purpose? Corres is not a self thinker and the evidence is quite clear: whatever Hugo does Correa follows suit here.
Su Gente

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Hello Pablo and "Latino_Gringo". Recently I have also heard that the students at the universities are having problems from the government who is suppressing their rights and freedoms of expression. And I have heard that the recent electrical blackouts may be made by the government itself! If these are true it is not a good thing for Presidente Correa and a worse thing for Ecuador which deserves much better.
latino_gringo

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Su Gente wrote:
Hello Pablo and "Latino_Gringo". Recently I have also heard that the students at the universities are having problems from the government who is suppressing their rights and freedoms of expression. And I have heard that the recent electrical blackouts may be made by the government itself! If these are true it is not a good thing for Presidente Correa and a worse thing for Ecuador which deserves much better.
The teachers have been protesting at the government offices here in Guayaquil because Correa wants to do away with the teachers union, and yes students have been protesting as well.

Correa's government just took over the electric company too. The electric company choir had a fund to support the choir in doing performances this time of year and Correa took the money. Wonder where that money went? So now we can;t even celebrate Christmas?? Shame on you Correa.

No the blackout is due to lack of rain and the situation was not cause by this government. But this government is not doing looking for alternative energy sources.
Su Gente

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I heard today there is no running water in Manta. Again. I asked my girlfriend what the government is saying about this problem. She said they are saying, "Nada".
Canadian in Ecuador

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Ah..........and this is where people like this Latino-Gringo just do not get it.

Let me start by answering his first item.

1.. Tell me how many good paying jobs Correa has created? In fact tell me how many jobs Correa has created! Answer: NONE

Where do it say in any textbook that in a country willing to develop it is the governments responsibility to create jobs? You must really be some manner of socialist that loves a nanny state like the U.S> has become, yes? It is the governments responsibility to create the environment that will allow people to create businesses and thereby jobs. The government can build roads and infrastructure, but it is the entrepreneurs job to create employment, not the states. If you think otherwise, then go live in a communist country. You will fit in nicely there. the government cannot be expected to hold everyone's hand, and when it does..........you lose liberty and freedom and any desire to build businesses. the incentive is up to the people to see clearly and use their resources to build businesses. Roads and infrastructure will allow for that. Not the governments job indeed. Remember how the U.S> was built and became great? Certainly not the government creating jobs, right? This wisdom applies everywhere, Latino Gringo..........everywhere! Ecuador will not be an exception to that rule.

Let's move on..........to the next point.

2. Since there is NO WATER what good is it to build another hydro electric dam and plant? Answer: A waste of money. Seek alternative energy sources and put people to work.

If the infrastructure for this dam is wasted, then perhaps you can tell us how it is possible to have been so sadly mistaken about it?
Do some research into the project and try to understand the underlying economics of it before you make a statement that is totally out of whack with reality. Alternative energy sources? Hydro Electricity is a fine source for this country as it is low cost and high power. This country is not able to afford to do the research in alternative energy. the U.S. can, but it never really wanted to, and therefor China is doing it for them. There is sufficient water for this project. Look into it properly before you make an unjustified statement.
Add to that that people actually do have to work to build this thing........lest you thought it would built itself out of thin air.

moving right along..........

3. While I commend Correa for wanting a minimum salary per month of $340 a month, most businesses will not pay this kind of money. Many articles in the newspaper to support this.

Have you ever asked yourself why most businesses will not pay this kind of money? I'n sure it is Correa's fault that the divide is what it is in this country. This condition has existed for a long time, and I do believe Correa is trying to clear it up if one looks into issues with a fair and balanced eye.

and this one is a doozy.

5. Unemployment is over 14% in Guayaquil alone! FAmily and friends have been out of work for over 14 months with NO help from the Correa government.

And once again you believe that it is up to the government to assist each and every citizen with this? Welcome to the U.S. and Canada, where anyone who holds out their hand can get all the wealth that entrepreneurs made by building businesses..........oops...... ....what was that? the government should take the businesses money and distribute it to those who cannot find jobs? Great idea. That;'s how you build a great country..........until you run out of OPM (I'm sure you know what that acronym means......just in case Other People's Money). What ever happened to taking responsibility for your own life?
I strongly suggest you visit the www.KIVA.org site and see what it means to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN LIFE. And then to think that they accuse Correa of being a leftist..........LOL. You are a poster child for the concept, my gringo friend.
Canadian in Ecuador

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let's move on to the next item.......
7. Name me products you can buy in the store made in Ecuador and not colombia or china?
Ah, and now you have touched upon a subject that I hold rather dear..........the fact that no one in Ecuador wants to make a product is Correa's fault now, is it? That manner of cerebral density can win you awards in some circles, but not when it comes to economics, my friend. Ask any rich Ecuadorean where he keeps his money..........the answer will be "not in Ecuador". Therefor, Ecuador must be rebuilt using FDI (Foreign Direct Investment). If the rich Ecuadoreans won't do it because they are still reeling from their 2000 slap in the face where they lost some money after having made so much off the backs of the poor in this country, then fortunately, people from other parts of the world will build it for them. That capital will come in from other sources such as myself and will be used to create jobs and opportunities, because the rich Ecuadoreans want the poor here to remain poor. Remember that the comforts of the rich are entirely dependent upon the number the poor. The wealthy Ecuadorians prefer to not give a s-it and put their money elsewhere instead of building their country because they may fear losing something, yet it is this country and its people that made them rich. What a lovely way to see things, isn't it? So, foreigners will supply the capital and they will build Ecuador going for4ward and when this is done, the wealthy Ecuadoreans will complain about losing their country to foreigners, becuase they are unable to understand that when there is a middle class, it is that middle class that will be taxed and they will be released of their "shackles" of contribution to the community. High import duties are designed to make people start their own businesses here, lest you didn't catch why they existed. now, who should start a business? The poor man or the wealthy Ecuadorean? hmmmmmm..........one wonders. the money is away and not here, so there is no money available for business start ups. In that case, open your arms to the Gringos who do understand, my Latino-Gringo friend and allow us to carry on where the wealthy Ecuadoreans left off after they got walloped in 2000, many years after they had been living off the high interest rates that got them rich in the first place. I have no problem whatsoever with the high duties, because the poor man can't import a boat or a bike or a big old car or any other luxury item. It is the rich people who have to pay for things until a middle class is created. The longer they refuse to see the light, the longer this will take and the more they will continue to complain. Let foreigners build it, and let them take home the spoils, for it seems quite clear that some people in places like this simply don't get it. Indeed, this is the land of opportunity right now and you can do one of two things..........Bitch and complain about the things the government isn't doing which in fact YOU yourself should be doing, or get up off your soapbox and face the fact that the only real thing the government needs to do is to make sure you have a friggin" road that you can use to get your products from one village to another. Wake up and smell the roses, my nanny-state loving liberal!
And that's all I have to say about that.
I am a Canuck in Ecuador and loving the fact that Correa actually does understand that some people do see what he is trying to do. too bad so many of his people don't get it.

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