Archive for the ‘Venezuela’ Category

The Reality of Socialism summed up…

December 15, 2007

From Yahoo News, we get this interesting look into the dark heart of Socialism:

A video of a Gucci- and Louis Vuitton-clad politician attacking capitalism then struggling to explain how his luxurious clothes square with his socialist beliefs has become an instant YouTube hit in Venezuela.
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Venezuelan Interior Minister Pedro Carreno was momentarily at a loss for words when a journalist interrupted his speech and asked if it was not contradictory to criticize capitalism while wearing Gucci shoes and a tie made by Parisian luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton.

“I don’t, uh … I … of course,” stammered Carreno on Tuesday…”

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The Venezuela people on the murdering thug Che

December 9, 2007

By way of Transterrestrial Musings is this story:

“We do not want a monument to Che, he is not an example for our children,” said a note left at the scene of the monument shattered by six gunshots, according to El Universal newspaper.

Mr. Simberg nails it, “Given Che’s methods, taking it down with six gunshots seems appropriate.”

Anti-Chavez protests in Venezuela.

October 25, 2007

The Socialist President there isn’t too popular with the people it seems.

The Chavez economy

September 3, 2007

Let us review how the darling of the Left, Socialist thug Hugo Chavez is flushing the economy of Venezuela down the toilet. Bloomberg reports:

While Venezuela earns record proceeds from oil exports, consumers face shortages of meat, flour and cooking oil. Annual inflation has risen to 16 percent, the highest in Latin America, as President Chavez tripled government spending in four years. Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips are pulling out after Chavez demanded they cede control of joint venture projects.

The currency, the bolivar, has tumbled 30 percent this year to 4,850 per dollar on the black market, the only place it trades freely because of government controls on foreign exchange. That’s less than half the official rate of 2,150 set in 2005. Chavez may have to devalue the bolivar to reduce the gap and increase oil proceeds that make up half the state’s revenue.

“This has been the worst managed oil boom in Venezuela’s history,” said Ricardo Hausmann, a former government planning minister who now teaches economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

HT to Jimmy K., who sums it up:

Who will suffer the most ? The liberals who believe socialism and communism are the highest degree achievable by civilizations and Valenzuela’s poor who have been tricked once again by the forces of the dark side of the political spectrum.

Freedom of the Press gone under Leftist Rule

May 27, 2007

By way of Rob is this story on Yahoo News:

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s top court on Friday ordered the Defense Ministry to take control of installations of an opposition television station amid a show of military force before the station’s controversial closure.

President Hugo Chavez’s decision to close the RCTV television channel, which he accuses of backing a 2002 coup against him, has prompted international condemnation and several demonstrations.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ordered the military to “guard, control and monitor” some of the station’s installations and equipment including transmission equipment and antennas throughout the country.

An RCTV source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said staff at the station believed troops would take over the station’s Caracas headquarters.

The court determined that the government must take RCTV’s broadcast equipment to ensure a smooth handover to a state channel that will replace RCTV with broadcasts promoting the values of Chavez’s socialist revolution.

Rob follows up with some damn good points:

Don’t worry guys, Chavez is totally not a dictator. He was elected by the people, remember? And Cindy Sheehan likes him. She’d even rather live in in Venezuela under Chavez than America.

Hillary Clinton’s fund raising partner Harry Belafonte loves him too, as does American actor Danny Glover who has agreed to make movies funded by Chavez’s blood money.

And don’t forget all those union leaders and college professors who were giving Chavez standing ovations when he was in the US to speak at the UN.

All joking aside, though, I’d like to hear just one of Chavez’s apologists on the left to explain to me how the seizing of his country’s media is a good thing.