Daniel Di Martino of Young Voices had a powerhouse hit today in USA Today about his earlier life in Venezuela. Just hours after release, the White House shared the article in their West Wing Reads newsletter!
“I watched what was once one of the richest countries in Latin America gradually fall apart under the weight of big government. I didn’t need to look at statistics to see this, but, rather, at my own family. When Chavez took office in 1999, my parents were earning several thousand dollars per month between the two of them. By 2016, due to inflation, they earned less than $2 per day. If my parents hadn’t fled the country for Spain in 2017, they’d now be earning less than $1 per day, the international definition of extreme poverty. Even now, the inflation rate in Venezuela is expected to reach 10 million percent this year.”