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And you say you want more socialism?
chiapuss, I don't know a lot about Venezuela, but I suspect I know more than you. These conditions exist because Chavez ran the country into the ground through corruption, incompetence, and greed. Had nothing to do with socialism or any other -ism. They have a vote coming soon and they need to give someone different a chance...if its not too late.
I'm no fan of Chavez, just another demagogue parading as a "man of the people". But I was struck by the statistic in the article that poverty has decreased from 50% to 21% under Chavez. This article would've been more informative if it included a thorough explanation of the current problems in context with Venezuela's troubled history.
To add clarity, my significant other is from Venezuela. She has told me and has old photos that document what the country used to be like. You must understand the stats are what Chavez wanted them to be. She wanted to be a journalist, but in college was told bluntly that if she refused the communist party line she would not succeed. The only thing Chavez did was give free oil money to the poor, not bad in and of itself. But he killed or imprisoned those of higher class who challenged his authority, if they did not get out of the country in time. And he skimmed literally billions from the oil profits. Corruption took over and now the country is worse than the wild west. In one weekend they can have 100 homicides or more just in Caracas alone!
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