Given that both of our presumptive presidential candidates are progressives certain to accelerate our degeneration into socialism, Venezuela appears to be our future. Let’s have a look at what the future has in store for us.
The future of shopping:
More than 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home.
It was the second weekend in a row that Venezuela’s socialist government opened the long-closed border with Colombia, and by 6 a.m. Sunday, a line of would-be shoppers snaked through the entire town of San Antonio del Tachira. Some had traveled in chartered buses from cities 10 hours away.
Maybe we had better hope Trump doesn’t build that wall after all.
Socialism works fine for the ruling class, and sometimes benefits the poor in the short term. For the middle class, it stinks:
Tebie Gonzalez and Ramiro Ramirez still have their sleek apartment, a fridge covered with souvenir magnets from vacations abroad, and closets full of name brand clothes. But they feel hunger drawing near.
So when the Venezuelan government opened the long-closed border with Colombia this weekend, the couple decided to drain what remained of the savings they put away before the country spun into economic crisis and stock up on food. They left their two young sons with relatives and joined more than 100,000 other Venezuelans trudging across what Colombian officials are calling a “humanitarian corridor” to buy as many basic goods as possible.
“This is money we had been saving for an emergency, and this is an emergency,” Ramirez said. “It’s scary to spend it, but we’re finding less food each day and we need to prepare for what’s coming.”
Gonzalez, 36, earns several times the minimum wage with her job as a sales manager for a chain of furniture stores in the western mountain town of San Cristobal. But lately, her salary is no match for Venezuela’s 700 percent inflation. Ramirez’s auto parts shop went bust after President Nicolas Maduro closed the border with Colombia a year ago, citing uncontrolled smuggling, and cut off the region’s best avenue for imported goods.
Their shopping adventure was degrading and disappointing, but at least they managed to acquire some pasta and cooking oil.
Gonzalez was crying behind her oversized aviator glasses.
“I thought the crossing would be easier. It made me feel so humiliated, like I was an animal; a refugee,” she said.
That is the condition of any people at the complete mercy of overgrown government.
What was that about 700% inflation? Soon that will seem like a happy memory:
Consumer-price inflation is forecast to hit 480% this year and top 1,640% in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund.
A shortage of medical supplies means infants and other sick patients are dying of treatable illnesses. Soldiers guard empty grocery store shelves. Inflation is so bad, the government has had to order bolivars by the planeload.
Government does not create wealth. It confiscates it. When there is no more to confiscate, it prints money. Money is not really wealth, as people will find out soon when big-spending progs like Hillary/Trump deepen the $19 trillion hole Obama has dug us into, and they inevitably try to monetize their way out of it.
On tips from Bodhisattva.