The only thing I agree with Ramon is in regard to paying high prices for specific goods. Everything else I do not. Argentina is not a socialist country."Matty" said:ramon, I get you. The gap between the HAVE and HAVE NOTS is so huge,eventually the dwindling middle class will disappear in Argentina.
Culture (art, paintings, sculpture, music, great architecture, dancing..) is great but last time I checked it cannot really consistently put food on the table, send kids to college, pay the basic daily expenses. So a good musuem in a nice city is always good but a better government project is to permanently address the basic needs of "los cartoneros". Yesterday, I saw a family of 3 girls going over the basura looking for morsels to eat (they found loose stale bread) - in the very same orange with black trash can a young couple tossed their dog's poop about 2 hours prior. Even in the nasty, oozing with sewage in Asia I never saw anything like this.
Prices will continue to rise, sadly. And since there is not much the public can do - complaining has become a "sport". Some are really very good at it than others. Complaining is a better (por gratis) therapy than a pill or a visit to a head shrink.
People will not stop complaining, it is part of human nature; light too bright, not bright enough, food very good, food have no taste, lots of dog droppings, not enough dog droppings, wine is good, wine unlike the quality of those found in Napa Valleys or not Bordeaux enough, etc. etc. I like to listen to people complain, they give their best speeches when they have something to complain about. It is part of life in Argentina, complaining. Embrace it and join in.
The middle class is actually in a better position that it was a few years ago. What do you think triggered the increase in consumption? It wasn´t the higher classes who triggered this phenomenon. The government´s economic policies tend to favor those who permorm blue collar jobs.
Contrary to what Matty said, the middle class will not dwindle. On the contrary during the last years it has grown.