Saturday, July 30, 2016

Socialism in Venezuela Reaches It's Ultimate Goal

Shared poverty for all but the party faithful, and forced labor for the state (i.e. slavery) for the masses: Venezuela’s socialist government adopts forced labor law:
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has a plan to “guarantee food supply, social justice, and democracy.” As with most of Maduro’s plans, it will accomplish none of those things. Vice News reports:
“A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor,” Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday.
President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order “all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how” to join a government drive aimed at increasing food production.
They can be required to work in the agricultural sector for a 60-day period that can be extended for another 60 days “if the circumstances require it.”
Naturally, Maduro continues to blame the dire circumstances of his country on an economic war brought against him by the Unites States. He’s been saying that for months and even suggesting on occasion that the U.S. was ready to invade.
They should be so lucky. With the exception of Iraq and Afghanistan, we've always left the countries we've "invaded" better than when we came in. Those two exceptions were the deliberate handiwork of Hillary Clinton and Barack H. Obama.
The reality here is much simpler: socialism has been a disaster for Venezuela. The latest attempt at central economic planning is reminiscent of the Soviet Unions five year plans in the 1920s and 1930s. The difference here is that Venezuela is working on 60-day plans because, with inflation already in the triple-digits, it’s hard to imagine how the country could continue for another five years unless something changes.
And a majority of Democrats consider socialism to be a good thing. I suggest all Bernie Bros take a Venezuelan vacation and work in the cane fields.

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