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February 14, 2008 – Comments (5)

I have to admit it: I'm a big admirer of President Robert Mugabe. The first reason is that this man is a genius. An ordinary man can't achieve such incredible results, whether he has a low  IQ of 20 or a high IQ of 200, so this African dictator must possess some supernatural power. The second reason is that  we're all indebted to him: as long as Mugabe is in charge of Zimbabwe, our own Bushes and Bernankes will look harmless by comparison.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7244769.stm

Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate soared to 66,212.3% in December, according to official figures.

"A shortage of fuel and basic goods helped propel the figure up from the 26,740.8% rate recorded for November.

Last year Zimbabwe's chief statistician said it was impossible to work out the country's inflation rate accurately because of the lack of goods in shops.

The country's economic crisis has led to an estimated three million people fleeing the country for South Africa.

About 80% of the population lives in poverty.

Government attempts to try and slow inflation have included setting maximum prices for some goods, and introducing price freezes.

But some producers, fearing making a loss, cut production, meaning the move exacerbated shortages and left shop shelves empty.

There has also been currency devaluation and the introduction of a $200,000 note.

Queues have formed at banks to get the new notes - which - when introduced - could buy 1kg (2.2lb) of sugar.

In the last month, the black market exchange rate has risen from Z$2m to the $1 to Z$7.5m to the $1.

Critics have blamed President Mugabe's policies, especially the seizure of farms, for ordinary Zimbabweans' hardship.

But President Mugabe has accused foreign governments of trying to interfere in Zimbabwe's affairs - saying some businesses had raised prices without justification as part of a Western plot to oust him.

Mr Mugabe is standing for re-election next month against three confirmed challengers."

 

5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 14, 2008 at 6:08 PM, dwot (45.09) wrote:

You should see the gains on their stock market...

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#2) On February 14, 2008 at 6:10 PM, redearth329 (99.83) wrote:

Say, the dollar isn't doing that bad!

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#3) On February 14, 2008 at 10:07 PM, floridabuilder2 (99.25) wrote:

too bad he is foreign born, otherwise we could have an Schwarzenegger / Mugabe ticket........ that looks pretty good to me

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#4) On February 14, 2008 at 10:38 PM, EScroogeJr (< 20) wrote:

Indeed, when a candiate promises to pay every may, woman, and child $7.5 million dollars, who wants to vote for some gray apparatchik? :):):)

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#5) On February 15, 2008 at 9:20 AM, leohaas (31.41) wrote:

Ron Paul has the solution: Zimbabwe should just move to the Gold Standard!

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