Jose Manuel Gonzalez is working hard for positive change in Venezuela, even as the country grapples with very challenging problems. He does not believe in applying useless band-aid solutions. This is what makes him such a good member of the National Assembly and gained him the respect of countless people throughout Venezuela.
Gonzalez believes the rampant populism that overran the previous Venezuelan government has resulted in the country’s ruin. He believes most of the politicians are incompetent. He points out that there have been proposals, such as a huge wage increase, which are pipe dreams that have no economic structure to support them.
He has long served in the area of agriculture as a very successful businessman. He has not originally considered even dabbling in politics. It was friends, family, and his community that promoted him to get more involved in changes needed in the dictatorial and dysfunctional government. Gonzalez is the President of FEDECAMARAS and Guárico State National Assembly deputy. He has long battled for reform and an end to government corruption.
Because of government bungles, the country’s agriculture is in a very bad situation. Embargoes against the oppressive government have elevated the importance of locally-grown and produced food. Yet at the same time, a farming industry that used to produce 300,000 tons of corn, 500,000 tons of rice, and other produce is now not even able to produce enough to feed everyone. The government denies that there is any problem in food production, or at least they claim that it is not their problem to deal with. Smugglers, black marketeers, and rampant crime plague the country. Protection crime syndicates force farmers to pay large sums to them.
The blame is laid squarely at the feet of the dysfunctional, repressive, oppressive, and ineffectual way that the National Assembly is allowed to operate, according to Gonzalez. He says their bungling and corruption prevents the people from every actually being represented. He has called for everyone to work together to find and implement solutions, and not to continue superstitious and flaky quick fixes.