Venezuela has received scant attention from President Barack Obama and his administration amid Ukraine news and PPACA/Obamacare fallout. Socialism is experiencing an epic failure in Venezuela, but few who hold power in the U.S. have spoken out.
Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have voiced concerns about Venezuela consistently since the protests began. Leftist media have taken a dim view of the Republicans’ positions.
Apparently media are unaware of many Venezuelans who beat a path to Florida’s door after Chavez unleashed his “21st century socialism.” Scott and Rubio are answerable to Venezuelans who resettled here in Florida. Many came in the first years after Chavez acquired power.
Socialists really do eventually run out of other people’s money to spend, and that is basically what has happened in Venezuela. Inflation tops 50 percent; food basics are scarce. Protesting may get you jailed or killed.
On Twitter messages pour forth about the food shortages, a hamstrung medical system, the brutality of the colectivos made up of pro-Maduro socialists with a history of government work.
Some messages promote Maduro, with people claiming the U.S. has interfered in the country’s political troubles. “CIA” is a favorite scapegoat fueling conspiracy theories. The conspiracy promoters, however, deny the reality of self-inflicted misery in Venezuela.
If the U.S. has interfered, it’s the best kept secret in the world. As a matter of fact, Obama and the Democrats, holding most of the political power in the U.S. at present, would be more ideologically aligned with the socialist government than the protesters.
Leopoldo Martinez wrote an excellent analysis of the Venezuela crisis for Fox News Latino. He explained the aftermath of Chavez and the myth the socialist reduced poverty:
“…Chavez plundered the country’s wealth, through economic policies and subsidies that have proven unsustainable time and again. For a time, these subsidies increased the purchasing power of the poor, yet the real beneficiaries were not the vulnerable, but a variety of interested parties who cozied up to Chavez out of self-interest. The list includes the Cuban government, which keeps its own economy afloat on the basis of the $12 billion of free oil received from Venezuela every year, and the Chavista ‘nomenklatura’ also known as the Boliburguesia – a word that contracts ‘Bolivarian’ and ‘bourgeoisie’ to denote those Venezuelans who have amassed fortunes thanks to their connections with the regime.”
Rubio proposed sanctions for Venezuela in mid-March. Like numerous other GOP proposals, the bill hasn’t come up for a vote. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) obstructs most GOP efforts on any matter.
In Miami Gov. Scott brought up the possibility of sanctions, once again urging Obama to give Venezuela some attention:
“Mr. President, you’ve got to declare economic sanctions. You’ve got to show up.”
One woman at the event where Scott spoke said she voted for Obama twice. She has been active in seeking attention for the protesters.
Did the woman consider that the socialism practiced in Venezuela is akin to the ideology of Democrats in the U.S.?
Eventually, the money does run out and what is happening on the streets of Venezuela is a testament to that predicament and a window into our own future if realistic government reform does not occur.
On Saturday in Venezuela, environmental groups marched. Maduro welcomed them—allies of his socialist regime. Americans should take note—the alliance is identical to that in the U.S.
(Opinion by Kay B. Day/April 1, 2014)
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