A young 39 year old Henrique Capriles has the pole position in a race to replace the cancer stricken Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. If elected it would be a sharp turn to the Right for that country. Of course there was no other direction in which to turn from where Hugo Chavez stood. Despots like Chavez often come to power by creating the perception of an enemy to the masses then present themselves as their best and only protector. If the enemy is imaginary, all the better because no one else will be fighting against it on behalf of th
If Capriles does replace Chavez, Cindy Sheehan will have to pay for her own airfare if she wants to visit that South American country again. Folks like Sean Penn and Danny Glover will need to find another country in which to do their Jane Fonda thing. I suggest they try North Korea.
Venezuela has been hit by heavy rains. Deaths are reported at 32 with 70,000 left homeless. Socialist President Hugo Chavez holds “criminal capitalists” responsible for the disaster. God, Satan and mother nature get off scot-free. Preposterous, isn’t it! Nobody could believe it, could they? Nobody believes in flying saucers either, do they! Or… do they?
Here in the United States the citizenry are better informed. Blaming thunderstorms on “totalitarian socialists” wouldn’t fly. A few of us up here in North America may say it was God or Satan acting up, but most will simply say it was “just mother nature.” Now, we all know mother nature is organic and organic is “in”. It would be doubly incorrect to hold
such a lady responsible for the misery caused. So let’s blame the President. After all, someone has to be to blame. Accidents don’t just happen.
Hugo Chavez, the socialist leader of Venezuela is giving the world yet another example of how collectivism works. Under his leadership the Venezuelan Bolivar has been experiencing rapid depreciation. As of last month, April 2010, the rate of decline is at an annual rate of 32.9%.
His government has nationalized privately owned oil companies (sixty of them), metal companies, newspaper companies, universities, banks, food supermarkets, the communications industry and general merchandise retailers. The justification given in many cases was expressly to control inflation. The Venezuelan stores of a large French retailer were closed without notice because they raised their prices in response to inflation.
The government is running all these industries and inflation is running rampant. Nevertheless, Chavez reasons the problem must be elsewhere, in the private sector. He believes he has found the cause. Venezuela imports most of its food. Hugo, in his fractured English declares “Venezuelan businessmen buy abroad, come here and ask for more than it really costs”. Abomination! If businessmen will not operate at a loss Chavez will take away their businesses and do it for them.
Please God, no profits !