Thursday, April 24, 2008

It sure does pay to oppose Chavez 

Who says no-one ever got rich fighting against Hugo Chavez?

Some 23 year olds sure have:

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A U.S.-based think tank has awarded a $500,000 prize to the leader of a student protest movement that has posed a potent challenge to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

University student Yon Goicoechea became a household name in Venezuela last year after he led protests that were widely seen as a key factor in the defeat of sweeping constitutional changes proposed by Chavez.

The Washington-based Cato Institute said it would announce the 23-year-old as winner of the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty on Thursday.

Of course, given that his fame results from his being given an open microphone on national TV in front of the National Assembly (even if he did have nothing to say) the honorable thing to do would be to share the money with Celia Flores who invited him there.

Lets see if that happens.

Anyways, it would appear it is a lot more lucrative to be a right winger on campus than a left winger.


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