Sometimes in socialist paradises the proletariat need a reminder of how good they have it. Government jack booted thugs are sent in to ensure utopian bliss. From Stalin to Mao, Chavez to Maduro, enforcers are key. Venezuelans are getting to know theirs.
For several months, Venezuelan grocery store lines have stretched for blocks. Venezuelans desperate for basic items like detergent, toilet paper, meat, and diapers fill the lines. Shortages in the socialist paradise are getting worse by the day.
Interior Minister Carmen Melendez, concerned about the safety of the shoppers of course (wink, wink), deployed the military to the grocery stores.
Melendez took to state television to convince Venezuelans that the grocery stores are full… Don’t mind the armed government troops. Melendez said…
“Don’t fall into desperation — we have the capacity and products for everyone, with calmness and patience. The stores are full.”
Jean Paul Mate, a meat vendor spent 15 days searching for diapers. Mate said…
“You have to take off work to look for products. I go to at least five stores a day.”
42-year-old data analyst Greisly Jarpe gives this grim account…
“This is the worst it has ever been — I’ve seen lines thousands of people long. People are so desperate they’re sleeping in the lines.”
The Venezuelan leaders are socialist, and like all socialist, they think that they have all of the economic answers. President Maduro vowed to launch a “counter-offensive” to correct the countries problems. I have a sneaking suspicion that removing the countries price controls isn’t part of the “counter-offensive.”
Price controls lead to shortages. It’s an economic law that’s not likely to be reversed any time soon. Venezuelans are learning about this law the hard way.
It’s times like this when the wise overlords in charge worry about coups. Perhaps that’s why the government subsidizes lavish military bases stocked with the very supplies that the common people need, no waiting necessary. That could also be why in a country that imports roughly 8 cars a month, the Venezuelan government sanctioned the purchase 20,000 new cars for the military. It’s time to buy some loyalty at the expense of the poor.
It’s been 15 years since the start of Chavez’s socialist revolution. Since then— Inflation has more than doubled, companies and investors have deserted the country, shortages of food and supplies are the norm.
People who are arrogant enough to try to plan an economy, generally don’t look in the mirror while trying to solve problems within their planned economy. I’m afraid that this is going to end badly for the common people in Venezuela. The military brass and bureaucrats will be just fine though.
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