*** . . . His critics accuse his socialist government of economic mismanagement. . . .***
Thousands of Venezuelans enter Colombia for food, medicine
July 17, 2016 Associated Press
. . . Maduro blames the shortages of food, medicine and basic staples in Venezuela on his opponents, who he accuses of trying to sow economic chaos to oust him from office. His critics accuse his socialist government of economic mismanagement.
Maduro ordered the 1,378-mile (2,219 kilometer) border shut in August 2015 . . .
I don’t know enough about Venezuela and how the people there got themselves into this sad problem. I remember that Hugo Chavez was elected on a platform of anti-western slogans, and a government based on socialism/ communism. The country borrowed ideological ideas from Cuba.
With the current regimen in power as long as it has been, I’m guessing the people of Venezuela have forgotten about what life was like before Chavez’s form of government took power. In some respects I wonder if George Orwell’s book Animal Farm applies to the current situation.
I don’t even know if they read it there. I lived there, (dog-years ago) and never heard that title until years later.
1977: VZ was a tropical paradise; the Bolivar was SA’s strongest currency, people sent theif kids to colleges in Europe and NA and made shopping trips to Florida, and they had problems with unauthorized immigration from the rest of SA, so they incepted national ID and travel checkpoints (on the roads) to stop it. Be careful what you wish for, everybody, you might get it! Unauthorized immigration into VZ has now presumably not been an issue for almost a generation.
1982: Oil prices take a tumble. As in Mexico, the currency heads downward, and the economy goes stagnant.
To 2000: Life does not get better, and successive governments bombard the people’s mind with anti-US slogans as explanation for how everything went wrong. Chavez is elected on a platform of “helping the poor” (by then, one could win an election in VZ by doing that). Sadly, this program consists in part of price controls, which drive local growers and producers out of business, which is why although VZ grew sugar during the 1900s, they are now running out of it.
no I am not kidding. when Hugo Chavez was alive people paid attention because of his outlandish behavior, but the world stage has changed since then with the Middle East, ISIS, China and Russia grabbing the headlines as well as our presidential election. Just because there are several threads here at CAF does not mean everyone is following what is happening in Venezuela.