Translated from Mision Verdad.
CARACAS, Venezuela – He woke up, looked at the clock: 10:00 am. An hour before the usual wake up time but he was very excited to continue sleeping. In the middle of the long dream he had visualized it: he found the solution to the dilemma of the food stamps.
“How bright you are, Donald,” he told himself. “We will sell boxes of food to those poor families who managed to cross the wall, fleeing their fucking countries.” He changed and ran quickly to his office where his government team looked at him surprised by the early arrival and he told them: “I had a dream …”, with a big smile and feeling super original.
Last Monday, the US president presented his budget proposal for the fiscal year of 2019. In that proposal, military spending, investment in infrastructure, the budget of NASA and the border wall are within the priorities of Trump. As money does not grow in a bush, to have increases, funds must be cut from another side. Among those that were most affected were the Environmental Protection Agency (25% less), the State Department (a message to Tillerson for the failure of its tour against Venezuela?) and the Department of Agriculture.
The Department of Agriculture administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is in charge of the delivery of coupons to low-income families, with which they can purchase food. This is where Trump, in his quest to save money to invest in war, proposes one of the most “original” changes: instead of giving out coupons, families instead will receive a box of food. The Donald CLAP has been born.
What is the Donald CLAP?
According to the budget, “households that receive $90 or more per month in SNAP benefits will receive a portion of their benefits in the form of a USDA Foods package, which would include items such as milk, cereals ready for consumption, pasta, peanut butter, beans.”
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, called the new boxes a “Blue Apron type program”, referring to a famous food kits company. We all know that in reality he meant “type the CLAP of Maduro”, but not to lose his job to give praise to the nameless ‘dictator’ of the tropics, he chose to mention the private company that is always pleasant to all ears.
“A bold and innovative measure,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Venezuelans in Miami applauded: “So it’s governed!!” While, worried, they wonder if they will be able to pay the Donald CLAP with the coupons they still have, or if they are going to lose those real ones.
The reactions of the big ‘gringo’ companies and NGOs dedicated to food have been as original as the idea itself: they say that this plan is a step backwards to the times when soups were distributed during the Great Depression, others compared it with the rations in times of war. Little did they need to mention the Cuban ration books. Fedecámaras and the Mendoza must be proud of their First World colleagues. It is very likely that Putin and the famous Russian interference will be blamed soon. Another file for the Russiagate file.
A strategy of social control of the Empire?
No, obviously not. That only applies to mission-type social programs, used in third-world countries like those that are south of the Rio Grande. In developed countries, these programs are designed for people to progress: they are giving them the fish while teaching them how to fish. They will accuse you of being a Chavista, Trump, but it is not the first time you became used to it: during the electoral campaign, hundreds counted the number of articles that compared you to Chávez.
But even if there are similarities, do not be confused. The CLAP is a political strategy of Chavismo to add points to political and social peace in the midst of the greatest geopolitical aggression that the country has faced. Trump’s “innovation” is a measure not to waste dollars on the poor, and can use that money to finance the war against Venezuela and other regions such as Syria. And it is only through the industry of war, the military junta that governs in the White House, that it will be able to make “America again become great.”