Venezuelans Lost 19 lb on Average Over Past Year Due to Lack of Food


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Venezuelans Lost 19 lb on Average Over Past Year Due to Lack of Food

foxnews.com/world/2017/02/20/study-venezuelans-lost-19-lb-on-average-over-past-year-due-to-lack-food.html

Many many comments.

The wonders of socialism.

Who wants to install their system here.


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May God have mercy on the poor people of Venezuela

And may the rich people of America stop electing politicians who bully tiny weak countries like Venezuela. May America for once in its short history mind its own sin-filled existence.


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Well this is once the US did nothing to poor old Venezuela, seems they did it all by themselves: you know being oil rich and all.


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Venezuela is one of the top ten oil producers. The United States had nothing to do with their current issues.

Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolás Maduro are responsible. They have wasted the revenues earned by the oil based economy by spending everything they had when oil prices were high. Now that they have collapsed they are hurting.

Chavez and Maduro are dictators. No political opposition allowed. Terrible economic policymaking. Maduro decided food prices were “too high” and ordered producers to cut their prices. Prices were set too low and producers stopped producing because they were losing money.

Inflation is calculated at about 800% per year by the Economist magazine. The problems Venezuela has are because of its leadership and their policies.

The United States certainly does have a sin filled existence. So do all other countries. America isn’t responsible for everything that goes wrong in the world.


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I want to pray my heart out for the people of Venezuela!..

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


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I read somewhere that Venezuela was not accepting humanitarian aid because the government did not want to be seen as inadequate. Does anyone know any way to help the people there? Are there charities or religious orders already on the ground that are accepting donations?


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Concern as Venezuela Refuses to Accept Aid
New York Times, September 2016

"Shortages of food and medicine have left Peru calling for a bloc of countries to pressure Mr. Maduro to accept humanitarian donations, something that he declines to do. Mercosur, the South American trade bloc, has threatened to expel Venezuela over human rights violations and not complying with its trade laws.

Triple-digit inflation and a 10 percent economic contraction are expected this year at the same time that Mr. Maduro has faced a congress led by the opposition and a growing movement to oust him. But Mr. Maduro has doubled down, surrounded himself with a cadre of hard-liners and military men, blocked the congress with his courts and locked up many people who demand a recall vote.

"This month, the new Peruvian president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, called for a group of countries including Chile, Argentina and Colombia to begin sending drugs and food.

Yet he did not seem hopeful.

“Now Maduro doesn’t want that because he says everything is perfect in Venezuela, but that’s not true, everybody knows that,” he said in a recent television interview. “And the second thing is there has to be pressure in a nice way, without trying to interfere too much. There has to be some kind of moral persuasion.”

What the Times failed to mention is that the crisis is completely caused by Venezuelan governmental policy. Also mentioned was that the country could face a terrible situation where there might be complete breakdown. This whole thing is caused by their own government.


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Ain’t socialism grand?


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Can not wait until the Democrats impose it here. Just a matter of time.


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investors.com/politics/editorials/venezuelans-now-on-a-forced-starvation-diet-thanks-socialism/

Venezuelans Now On A Forced Starvation Diet — Thanks, Socialism!


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Swing and a miss.


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excerpts:

Socialism: Want to lose weight fast? Don’t worry about the latest fad diet. Just move to Venezuela. There, the new Socialist Diet has caused the population to lose millions of pounds in 12 months. Unwillingly, of course.

A new study of Venezuela’s stunning decline under Hugo Chavez’s socialist model, still followed faithfully by his lap dog successor, Nicolas Maduro, reports that the average Venezuelan lost 19 pounds in the last year. Today, the 2016 Living Conditions Survey finds, 32.5% of Venezuelans eat only once or twice a day, up from 11.3% just one year ago. And 93.3% of all people don’t earn enough to buy sufficient food.

We call it a shocking indictment of socialism, and should be a siren call to people around the world: Bring socialism to your country, and you bring misery. It’s the one thing that socialism produces an abundance of.

It’s a sad fact that Venezuela was once one of the wealthiest countries in South America, and even now has the second-largest oil reserves in the world. It should be a rich nation, filled with prosperous people worried about gaining too much weight, not losing it to hunger. Yet today 32.5% of Venezuelans eat only once or twice a day, up from 11.3% just one year ago.

But as formerly middle-class Venezuelans scavenge for food — some even stooping to dumpster diving and eating formerly beloved pets just to stay alive — socialists allied with Maduro have changed nothing. Maduro followed Chavez’s lead, spending all the money that the state-oil company earned on “social” programs, all the while attacking small businesses and companies and effectively nationalizing the supermarkets.

Meanwhile, inflation at close to 500% a year is the highest of any country on earth. Looking at the problems with declining food stocks and roaring inflation, Maduro decided to put the military in charge of the country’s food distribution network. The result was predictable: Massive food shortages and rampant corruption, as armed military line their pockets by selling food on the black market.

“Mismanagement of the economy has created a humanitarian disaster beyond comprehension,” wrote Ed Feulner and Ana Quintana in a piece that appeared on the RealClearPolitics website.

The country’s infrastructure is collapsing from a lack of investment, while rule of law has been rejected for the rule of one tyrant. Children aren’t spared; they’re dying by the hundreds from curable diseases, a lack of medicine, electricity outages and no incubators for newborns. The resurgence of once vanquished contagious diseases is killing off the weak and the infirm. “Cases of diphtheria and malaria are re-emerging, and the number of Zika infections is estimated to be ‘nearly 700,000’, according to a Venezuelan health organization,” wrote Feulner and Quintana.

Even worse is the chaos on the streets. Caracas’ murder rate of 120 per each 100,000 inhabitants is the highest in the world. That’s higher than in Damascus, Kabul or Tripoli.

It doesn’t have to be this way. As recently as 21 years ago the Heritage Foundation gave Venezuela a 59.8 ranking on its Index of Freedom. Today it’s at 27.0, just behind Cuba but barely ahead of last place North Korea. As with all nations that destroy freedom, socialist Venezuela has also destroyed whatever semblance of wealth it had.

If Venezuela seems remote and of little concern, consider this headline: “Democratic Socialists Make Headway In U.S. After Trump’s Win.” Yes, we know. The Democratic Socialists of America style themselves as kinder, gentler socialists. Think Sweden, they say, not Venezuela.

But the truth is, whoever practices it or whatever those who follow it call themselves, socialism is an economic system based on mass greed and class envy that has failed time and time again. There are no successful socialist nations, anywhere. Those that find this model appealing despite its obvious failures are the desperate, the poorly educated, the uninformed and those lacking entirely in basic common sense.

It is an economic philosophy of entitlement and grievance, one that always ends in poverty, wanton destruction, the breakdown of civilization and even death — as the Venezuelans, who willingly handed control of their country over to the socialists, are now finding out.


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