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Thu Aug 11, 2016, 02:09 PM

Requiem for Venezuela

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Lots of reports about Venezuela falling apart have been around for months. However, this is the first time I've seen the vaunted New York Times do the same. But. Read the article and nowhere will you find anything about the cause – socialism and a typical socialist dictator.

In the capital’s Dr. José María Vargas hospital, a doctor watched a 73-year-old woman die of kidney failure because the hospital lacked the medicine to perform a routine dialysis. In a Caracas police station, more than 150 prisoners crowded into a cell made for 36, standing shirtless (there was no room to sit) in the stench of sweat and feces. In arid Lara state, an elementary-school teacher told of children fainting in class from hunger. The economy contracted by almost 6% last year, and is expected to shrink by as much as 10% this year.

And it sits atop a massive amount of oil! Oops. Could it be that the country's woes come from the fact that their 7-11 franchises no longer sell Venezuelan oil? Or that the USA is now nearly oil dependent? Didn't notice that anywhere in the article and can't understand why.

Full story w/photos @ http://time.com/venezuela-brink/

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sargentodiaz Aug 2016 OP
GoodCraic Aug 2016 #1
id-entity Aug 2016 #8
Slayer Aug 2016 #2
Konservative Aug 2016 #3
the_frito Aug 2016 #4
outside Aug 2016 #6
TIMETOCHANGE Aug 2016 #5
bpilgrim Aug 2016 #7
id-entity Aug 2016 #9

Response to sargentodiaz (Original post)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 02:29 PM

1. All the Bernouts should spend a long weekend in Caracas. And a few of

the Trumpers too.

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Response to sargentodiaz (Original post)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 02:38 PM

2. It was a bad gamble to put the countries future in the hands of the oil markets.

 

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Response to Slayer (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 02:52 PM

3. A gamble made by Socialists.

 

Life doesn't happen in a vacuum.

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Response to Konservative (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 04:32 PM

4. I suspect

that the US had something to do with their economy failing.

Socialism is for the people and with the right people in charge, things will be great.

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Response to the_frito (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 07:22 PM

6. Who are "the right people"?

I hear this all the time. Socialism works but we have never had right people running it.
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Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson.

This is why our founding fathers wanted the common man to have firearms.

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Response to sargentodiaz (Original post)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 06:04 PM

5. Time to reorganize into an agrarian economy

 

ban corporations, force partnerships as the only form of businesses that aren't sole propietorships, don't let any one partner have more than ten percent share ownership. Let people form home shops for manufacturing and fabrication. Go to a precious metal standard for currency (gold, silver, copper, and platinum). And invite foreign companies in to invest in the country with guarantees that their assets will not be seized in the name of nationalism. Fire all the politicians and base their pay on the country's welfare, only give them food and shelter and pay based on the average income of the people.

It's going to shit, hit the accelerator hard and deep, spill out and then put it right. Accept that fifty percent of the population is going to die off and go from there.

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Response to sargentodiaz (Original post)

Thu Aug 11, 2016, 08:13 PM

7. that'll learn'm...

 

...standing up to empire has its consequences.

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