Following the crisis in Venezuela (because it can happen in the U.S.A.)

Thanks to the Communist-Socialist ascendency in Venezuela, what was once the wealthiest Latin American country now has many of its people adjusting to shortages of food, water and life-giving energy needed to heat and light their homes and neighborhoods. Common prescriptions and life-saving medicines are almost impossible to obtain there. Widespread hopelessness has led to a spike in suicides. Can this happen in the United States? The answer is: Yes.

Venezuela should be a warning to all who are mesmerized by socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Socialism, and those who sell it will wreak havoc on our nest eggs and living standards. Look at the buying power of those who have worked hard and saved their money in Venezuela. Their life savings will hardly buy a loaf of bread due to hyperinflation. This is not opinion. Investigate for yourself.

In Venezuela there is nothing

This Venezuelan woman holds a sign that says, “In Venezuela there is nothing.”

Beware of politicians that promise “free” stuff like college tuition or healthcare or other shiny giveaways in return for votes. U. S. Senator Cory Booker has recently proposed that the government force taxpayers to award payments of $50,000 to poor people as a means of raising them out of poverty. Don’t be weak – don’t take that poisoned bait. If somebody gets something “free” it is because somebody else worked hard to pay for it, or will have to in the future. Think of it this way, you work hard year after year, but under socialism someone else in government decides that you are too successful and that some lazy ass shit is entitled (in the supposed causes of fairness, equality, and social justice) to what you have worked so hard to earn. (Of course, not all people in poverty are “lazy ass shits,” but there are many.) Or perhaps this or that politician and his supporters argue that needy refugees are entitled to the wealth you have worked so hard for and saved. A reason will always conveniently be found to argue why government planners are more qualified to control the assets of its citizens. Your wealth used to be your property, but under socialism, your property will be controlled and squandered by the state. Large scale redistributions of wealth lead to large-scale decreases in productivity – everyone in that society becomes poorer. This increases equality not in luxury, but rather equality in poverty.

To put it in simple terms, essentially socialists put their faith in government to solve societal problems which is done at the expense of freedom and individual and local decision-making. Opposite the socialists are those who want to place finite limits on the power of government. They do not put blind faith in politicians and bureaucrats because history teaches that rulers with too much power become tyrants and abusers of the people. These anti-socialists instead value individual liberty, and understand that the free association of individuals into charities etc. is a much more effective means of improving society.

Mountains of garbage in the capitol city of Caracas

One result of the socialist government’s mismanagement – mountains of garbage are accumulating in the streets of the capitol city of Caracas.

In 2013, when President Nicolás Maduro was elected, one of his campaign promises was that he would approve an increase in the minimum wage that would be between 38% and 45% by the end of the year. What Maduro and most of the people who have supported him do not understand is that wage increases without corresponding productivity increases will lead to inflation. In Venezuela it is even worse than that – the socialist government’s takeover of private industry and the gross mismanagement of it has led to a large-scale decrease in productivity. Under these self-inflicted circumstances wage increases will never keep up with monetary hyperinflation. Venezuelan money is practically worthless. This has destroyed the life savings of any and all Venezuelans who have worked hard and saved.

Below are excerpts translated from a Spanish-language website. Notice the obviously flawed rhetoric that focuses on the ethical and moral reasons for imposing socialism – the desire for greater equality. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Well it only took 14 years for Hugo Chavez and his socialists to ruin the lives on 32 million Venezuelans.

Excerpts:

Bolivarian Socialist Project leaves hunger and misery in Venezuela
Thousands of Venezuelans migrate to Latin American countries in search of better living conditions

Since 1999, Venezuela has suffered from the deterioration of its productive system, as a result of the application of social, economic and political programs that, far from favoring the lives of its citizens, have left them submerged in conditions of critical poverty. This process of economic collapse, initiated by the ex-president Hugo Chávez has its continuation in the government plan of the current president Nicolás Maduro Moros, with its disastrous consequences for the 32 million Venezuelan inhabitants.

Little by little more Venezuelan citizens were added to the Chávez government, in view of the need to live in conditions of social equality … by a socialist model that would provide everyone conditions of social equality.

The focus of Chávez’s government program was based on the full realization of 21st century socialism… through the ethical and moral rebirth of the Venezuelan nation. This restructuring had at its roots the fusion of the values ​​and principles of the humanist currents of socialism. Its ultimate goal was the supreme social happiness for every Venezuelan. (Ahhhh…. dream on….)

In 2013, Venezuelans were overwhelmed by a deepening economic crisis, which has left them unemployed, victims of organized crime, facing the loss of the purchasing power of the monthly salary of families, extremely high inflation and no food supply and of medicines. Currently, a significant number of Venezuelans are unable to meet their primary needs and live in conditions of extreme poverty.

Here are some English-language stories that will help explain what has been going on with Venezuela.

https://www.csis.org/analysis/venezuelas-presidency-jeopardy

https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/suicides-surge-in-a-hopeless-venezuela#gs.0aGIqWI

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-femsa/femsa-to-lay-off-2000-venezuela-workers-amid-crisis-union-idUSKCN1MW2G9

https://www.apnews.com/ffce652508c44d4184d88a921b582709

When reading this keep in mind that Chavez came to power in 1999 – coincidence?:

http://elpitazo.info/reportajes/sin-servicios-miguel-gladys-sanchez-se-nos-va-la-vida-esperando-llegue-agua/

Ocasio-Cortez: ¡Viva el socialismo!

So, the pretty, young Latina is a blazing star that has the left-wing media foaming at its mouth. Ocasio-Cortez may have opinions, but she is not a well-informed person when it comes to politics and socialism as a matter of policy. But she is photogenic. She has a nice smile. In other words, she is nothing short of a superficial know-nothing. She has pretty much proved this every time she has opened her mouth. It is telling that this hollow political candidate is so highly celebrated by the progressives in media, academia and Hollywood. It is a reflection on them.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez is a socialist candidate for Congress from New York. She will have lots of coaching in the future, but it has been pretty obvious that there is very little, if any, substance behind her slogans, pronouncements and platitudes.

Human nature will always be at work when it comes to flirting and sometimes embracing socialism. A large percentage of people simply cannot resist the temptation of “free” stuff, whether it’s the promise of free phones or healthcare or college tuition or whatever. This is because a large percentage of the population is ignorant of history and economics. But in this type of mind, the history and economics of socialism and its effects are unimportant – in fact they don’t count. What counts is how irresponsible politicians stimulate their imaginations to think how things could be (but never will be).

As far as socialism and electing socialists is concerned, a socialist is another word for a statist – one who thinks the state should be used to regulate people’s behavior down to the minutest detail in order to bring order and prosperity, etc. to the community as a whole. The problem is that those who you hand over the reins of socialistic power to are flawed human beings like everyone else. And as Lord Acton pointed out, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Once a people forfeit their individual rights to the rights of the state, which is also one result of socialism, they often lose their ability to change the government that has begun abusing them.

One only has to turn to Venezuela to see the ruinous effects of socialism. Many people there no longer have access to the basics for survival like bread and medicine. There has been a surge in Venezuelans committing suicide. Young mothers have turned to prostitution to support their families. People who want to reverse societal decay are murdered or imprisoned by their government and its cartel friends.

Several Americans have contributed to this humanitarian tragedy by their support for the late Venezuelan dictator who started it all, Hugo Chavez. Where are these boosters of socialism now? (Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Michael Moore)

Will someone in the media ask Ocasio-Cortez why socialism has not worked in Venezuela? Doubtful. Jimmy Kimmel? Alec Baldwin? Maybe Rachel Maddow? Not that long-ago Venezuela was the wealthiest of all Latin American countries. Now it is a land of misery and starvation thanks to the socialist government there. But the Venezuelan people are reaping what they have sown. The socialist Hugo Chavez was democratically elected by the people. When Chavez asked for more dictatorial power the people gave it to him. Venezuela is yet further proof that democracies are capable of committing suicide. This should be a warning for all to see. Resist socialism. Save the United States from the fate of so many others who were tempted by the false promises of socialism.

Frotho

 

Mom Daughter flee Venezuela

A mother and her daughter flee Venezuela – “I’ll walk in my broken shoes.” Thanks to socialist President Nicolas Maduro and his cronies, nearly 2 million people have fled poverty, hunger, crime and hyperinflation in Venezuela since 2015.

P. S. Here’s what some very smart people have observed of socialism and it’s kindred forms governing  –

“Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export…. Nevertheless, for many of those who deal primarily in ideas, socialism remains an attractive idea — in fact, seductive. Its every failure is explained away as due to the inadequacies of particular leaders. ”                           ― Thomas Sowell

empty shelves venezuela

Empty store shelves in Venezuela. The reality of the socialist dream. History tells us over and over again that government-imposed price controls lead to scarcity every time.

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in constraint and servitude.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

“There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means as de Tocqueville describes it, ‘a new form of servitude.’” – Friedrich von Hayek

“No government of the left has done as much for the poor as capitalism has. Even when it comes to the redistribution of income, the left talks the talk but the free market walks the walk. What do the poor most need? They need to stop being poor. And how can that be done, on a mass scale, except by an economy that creates vastly more wealth? Yet the political left has long had a remarkable lack of interest in how wealth is created. As far as they are concerned, wealth exists somehow and the only interesting question is how to redistribute it.” ― Thomas Sowell, Controversial Essays

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples’ money.” –Margaret Thatcher

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”   –Thomas Sowell

“Everyone may be called ‘comrade,’ but some comrades have the power of life and death over other comrades.” ― Thomas Sowell, Knowledge And Decisions

Ludwig von Mises:

“The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.”

“The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.”

Mises correctly identified a temptation that many people find too hard to resist – “the illusion that socialism will make them richer.”

Frederic Bastiat:

“Government is the great fiction through which everyone attempts to live at the expense of everyone else.”

Dear Connie Chung:

Dear Connie Chung:

Your heartfelt Washington Post letter – a recollection of how you were sexually violated decades ago does not prove that Brett Kavanaugh is guilty of anything. Let’s be honest, preventing the Kavanaugh confirmation is the primary reason you wrote your piece. Timing is everything. The fact that you voted twice for Bill Clinton, a known sexual abuser, begs the obvious question: why did you not “come out” before when you had multiple opportunities – in support of Juanita Broderick or Paula Jones, or Monica Lewinsky? Suddenly, we now hear from you 20 years after the blue dress was stained by Clinton in the Oval Office. There were surely plenty of other relevant opportunities for your coming out moment – Harvey Whinestein or Bill Co…Les Moon… Matt L. – though they were not conservative nominees for the Supreme Court that needed to be derailed by the political left. Your coming out now during the Kavanaugh ambush appears to be not much more than a transparent political play. I don’t think you want it viewed as such, but it was your choice.

Connie Chung’s past experience with sexual abuse is not evidence in any other case of sexual abuse. Some high profile sexual abuse accusations have in fact been true, some only partially true and some completely fabricated (think UVA and Rolling Stone) as has been determined by juries in our courts of law. Courts are flawed too, and don’t always get it right. Has Connie Chung’s “coming out” suddenly now reversed the innocence of the men accused in the UVA case, or North Carolina, or Barry (in the (Dunham case)? Dear Connie, I hope you and your fellow Americans are smarter than the “Believe Woman” mentality. Humans do not always tell the truth. No gender is excepted. Also, it is well known that our memories of events near and far are not always accurate, no matter how sincerely we believe them. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever know the “truth” in the Ford/Kavanaugh case of 35 years ago. It is not far-fetched to think, given the low character of the inhabitants in Washington, that the Kavanaugh accusation is merely a politically motivated attempt by Democrats to prevent a Trump nominee from becoming the next member of the Supreme Court.

If sharing your story with the rest of us is so traumatic, will you will one day conclude it was worth sharing? Kavanaugh’s fate will perhaps in large part determine that, I suppose.

Let’s be honest, our personal preferences for Supreme Court nominees are not evidence in support of the guilt or innocence of Judge Kavanaugh. The overwhelming point is that the timing of the accusation is quite fishy – like a dead fish reeking in a trash can on a hot summer day. Resist emotion. Embrace critical thinking. Compassion for all.

Question: What is the basic role of the Supreme Court? Do most people have a clue? Sadly, they do not.

An American