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Jul 23 2019

Moonbat Rule and Blackouts in Venezuela and New York

Blackouts have been in the news lately. In leftist-ruled Venezuela,

Most of Venezuela was left in the dark Monday in the latest blackout to hit the beleaguered nation as it suffers from an economic collapse and a crumbling power grid.

Local media reported that power was out in at least 19 of Venezuela’s 23 states since around 4:45 p.m. local time.

Yankee attacks and sabotage are the usual official explanations when the lights go out in Venezuela. The country has the largest proven crude oil reserves in the world and ought to be able to keep the lights on. The actual reasons that it cannot are the incompetence and corruption that result when everything is run by Big Government.

That calls to mind an issue closer to home — the recent blackouts in leftist-ruled New York:

More than 50,000 New Yorkers lost power amid the weekend’s heat wave that strained the city’s power grid, one week after a transformer fire left 75,000 New Yorkers in the dark for five hours.

Just as Venezuela blames a phantom “electromagnetic attack,” Governor Andrew Cuomo predictably points the finger at Con Edison. Regardless of where the blame lies with these specific incidents, blackouts are a feature of leftist rule. The moonbats running New York have made them inevitable:

A new state law the Governor signed last week requires 70% of state electricity to come from renewables by 2030 and 100% from “carbon-free” sources by 2040. Meantime, the Governor has blocked three natural gas pipelines and mandated the premature shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear plant that supplies a quarter of New York City’s power.

The only thing more pernicious than corruption and incompetence is liberal ideology. Progressives literally believe that the fossil fuels that comprise the lifeblood of modern civilization are bad. They prove they are good people who care about the planet by pretending that wind and solar can meet New York’s gargantuan energy needs. This puts New York on a collision course with reality.

Cuomo is pushing more offshore wind, which even with federal subsidies is 2.5 times more expensive than natural gas. …

Wind power has barely increased since 2014 due to environmental headaches, and as of last month there were no projects under construction.

No matter how many hideous bird-chopping turbines eventually get built on the backs of taxpayers, wind power is not reliable, in contrast to the natural gas that Cuomo suppresses.

In the long run, Andrew Cuomo is about as likely as his fellow left-wing authoritarian Nicolas Maduro to keep the lights on.

On tips from Varla.

Jul 09 2019

Venezuela Has a Problem That Bothers the BBC

Venezuela has a problem that bothers even the moonbats at the Beeb.

We have been reading for years now about how socialism caused the ruin of the country; how people in the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves have to wait in line for many hours or even days to get gasoline; how people have been forced to scavenge for water in drains and sewers; how healthcare has become nonexistent; how violence is endemic; how packs of hungry children roam the streets; how people have been reduced to eating zoo animals; how horses are poached for food; how Venezuelans even eat donkeys; how inflation has gotten so far out of hand that the government lops five zeroes at a time off the currency; how AIDS has been exploding; how the Maduro Diet caused Venezuelans to lose on average 24 pounds in a year; how even hotels ration toilet paper; how not even Christmas can cheer up the gloom; how the socialist regime forces its victims to eat excrement; how the authorities run over protesters; how the fat cat socialist rulers dance while the country descends into chaos; how Venezuelans can be arrested for baking sweet rolls, even as criminals preside over the streets; how even soldiers are reduced to rooting through garbage for something to eat; how other soldiers steal goats for food; how a mass grave was discovered at Venezuela’s largest prison; how the recent wealthiest country in Latin America became the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Liberals shrug and continue to push us down the same path Venezuela took. You can’t make a socialist omelet without breaking a few eggs. See how enlightened Maduro is as he cranks up the minimum wage!

But maybe the liberal establishment will change its tune, now that Venezuela has a problem progressives can relate to. Bleats a BBC headline:

Venezuela’s Transgender Community Fears Hormone Shortages

Have a hanky handy; this tugs on the heartstrings:

André Bellorín has fought a long battle for the body that matches [her delusional] identity.

[She] has been through two operations, a bitter conflict with [her] mother and an expensive course of hormone treatment in [her] hometown, Caracas, Venezuela.

But now [she] fears [she] may lose all the progress [she] has made.

“My beard has stopped growing on some parts of my face and my hips are broadening again,” [she] says.

André’s body is changing because [she] is failing to take the hormones [she] needs.

If “André” doesn’t get the hormones she “needs,” she might backslide into something more closely resembling a normal girl. The Beeb admits that the “political crisis” (i.e., socialist rule) is to blame.

Further exasperating the BBC, Venezuela does not recognize homosexual liaisons as marriages or even as civil partnerships.

Once again, socialists aimed at utopia and missed. But next time, they will get it right. When the radicalized Democrat Party has the leverage, it will impose true socialism. Then America will be just like Venezuela, except with lots of gay marriage and transsexuals.

On a tip from Steve T.

May 20 2019

Long Waits for Gasoline in Oil-Rich Venezuela

Milton Friedman famously said that if Big Government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand. To get an idea of how right he was, consider that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, but is under socialist control. In its second-largest city Maracaibo, gasoline is exceeding difficult to obtain:

Some drivers said they’d had to wait almost 24 hours to fuel up, and people have been grabbing catnaps on the hoods of cars or in truck beds. …

A satellite cruising over Maracaibo on Thursday captured pictures of cars lined up for a mile (1.6 kilometers) through the city to the pumps…

US sanctions intended to drive the socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro from power are blamed for the shortage. Meanwhile, “state run oil-firm PDVSA is producing 10 to 15% of its capacity.”

On the bright side, if you do manage to obtain any gas in Venezuela, it is so heavily subsidized by the government that it is virtually free.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Mar 27 2019

Venezuela Is Socialism

The collapse of Venezuela has confirmed the obvious: socialism is not only tyrannical but dysfunctional. However, moonbats will never give up on it, because socialism affords them absolute power.

Some even try to gaslight the gullible into believing that the collapse of Venezuela has nothing to do with socialism. This is an arrogant lie. John Stossel confirms that Venezuela is socialism:

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 21 2019

Hilarious Venezuelan Military Footage

In light of the Venezuelan military footage below, maybe Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and any other allies Nicolas Maduro may have among the radicalized Democrats are right that US forces must stay out of Venezuela no matter what happens down there. Imagine American troops trying to fight while rolling on the ground laughing.

This training video was supposedly released “in an attempt to intimidate American Armed Forces”:

I’ve seen scarier scenes on the Benny Hill Show.

Looks like the socialist regime has run the military about as well as it runs the oil industry.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Mar 17 2019

Expat Daniel Di Martino on Venezuela and USA

Venezuela has actually put into practice the ideology promulgated by agenda-setting Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Let’s see if they think it would be a good idea for the USA to follow suit. Daniel Di Martino had to flee his country. He gives a first-hand report on what socialism did to Venezuela and what it will do to us:

If we could get this video in front of enough voters, America might be saved from the likes of AOC, Bernie Sanders, et al. But don’t expect the mainstream media to show anything like it.

On a tip from Kate P.

Mar 14 2019

Oil but No Water in Socialist Venezuela

Under socialism, you eventually run out of everything except equality. This includes water, as those who have not yet escaped Venezuela are learning:

Residents in San Diego, Carabobo state, flooded social media with pictures and videos of the black water while complaining it had been contaminated with oil.

That gives an idea of how much oil Venezuela is floating on, which is why it was the wealthiest country in Latin America prior to socialism. Venezuela has the largest proven reserves of crude oil in the world. Under capitalism, that oil would be converted into money, and the money would build functional infrastructure that would provide citizens with water. Under socialism, the oil is useless, because you can’t drink it or even bathe in it.

The city has suffered with an intermittent water supply for months, made worse by a week-long power blackout that has completely cut it off in some areas, local journalists said. …

People have been forced to scavenge for water from sewers, drains and rivers. …

The blackout has worsened the situation of a country already facing a hyperinflationary economic collapse that has spurred a mass migration and turned once-basic items like corn flour and toilet paper into unaffordable luxuries.

Sympathy is tempered by the fact that Venezuelans voted for this. True, their elections have degenerated into charades, but this ball was started rolling when the Venezuelan version of Bernie Sanders was legitimately elected by the same sort of spiteful, envious fools who infest our own country in alarmingly large numbers.

On a tip from Lyle.

Feb 10 2019

Venezuelans on Socialism

Gallup confirms that Democrats prefer socialism to economic freedom. Prominent Democrats are even moving beyond quasi-capitalist half-socialism to something that looks a lot like the full-bore communism inflicted by the Khmer Rouge. Socialism is particularly popular on college campuses, due to saturation brainwashing by the progressives in charge. It is less popular among people who have experienced socialism first hand, like Venezuelans at the recent Venezuelan Freedom rally in DC:

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Jan 03 2019

Venezuela and the Radicalized Democrats

Bloomberg sums up the situation ham-fisted socialism has created in Venezuela, which was until recently the wealthiest country in Latin America:

It’s hard to overstate how disastrous the reign of Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro has been for Venezuela. A recent series of Bloomberg articles vividly depicts the hellish, never-ending struggle for survival in Caracas, the country’s capital. Hungry children roam the streets, people are fleeing the country, health care is almost nonexistent, violence is endemic, even water is scarce. Chavez’s so-called Bolivarian revolution took a peaceful, middle-income country and transformed it into a nightmare that puts the ruinous Soviet Union of the 1980s to shame.

It’s important for other countries — including wealthy ones like the U.S. — not to ignore Venezuela, but to use it as a cautionary tale. Politicians like Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have embraced socialism, as have many young Americans.

The nightmare unfolding in Venezuela will not dissuade the oligarchical collectivist authoritarians who dominate the Democrat Party. They plan to put the socialist pedal to the metal:

The party agenda is increasingly embracing big-government policies like “Medicare-for-all” and guaranteed jobs programs — as well as an aggressive “Green New Deal” that would include all this and more as part of a fundamental overhaul to America’s economy and specifically its energy sector.

Obama declared war on this vital sector of the economy, boasting that he would cause energy prices to skyrocket and that anyone who tried to build a new coal plant would be bankrupted. His Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar gloated about the administration having its “boot on the neck” of BP. The moment they have the political leverage, Democrats will resume this senseless, damaging war — and escalate it.

As far back as last summer, Democrats viewed socialism more positively than economic freedom. At the rate they are radicalizing, by 2020 they will probably view Stalin more favorably than FDR.

Socialists as malevolently wacky as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have taken over not only Venezuela, but major countries. In Russia and China, the results were poverty, misery, slavery, and genocide on a massive scale.

Never mind the alarming Green New Deal. Even the relatively modest Medicare for All would cost tens of $trillions over a decade. With the USA already shouldering a $22 trillion national debt, economic collapse is hardly inconceivable. When it comes, anything is possible — as the horrors of the USSR and Mao’s China proved.

“Together, Ocasio-Cortez’s proposals would effectively eliminate fossil fuels from most of society, destroy millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of wealth, require ‘upgrading’ every home and business in America, create a national federal jobs-guarantee program, impose single-payer health care (costing trillions more), establish a new system of publicly owned banks, run up the national debt by countless trillions of dollars, and move the United States closer than ever to socialism,” Justin Haskins, a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, wrote in an op-ed for Fox News. “If we don’t stop it, it will destroy our economy for a whole generation of Americans.”

What is happening in Venezuela — or worse — can and will happen here if radicalized Democrats have their way.

On tips from Scott D and 1-Bodhisattva.

Dec 11 2018

North Dakota Outproduces Venezuela

It takes more than resources to make a wealthy country. Most important is a culture that allows resources to be exploited. Such a culture has the character to resist leftism. For example, Venezuela floats on a lake of oil, yet the state of North Dakota produces more oil:

Venezuela, by some measures home to the world’s largest crude reserves, saw oil output drop in September to a four-decade low of 1.17 million barrels. The same month saw North Dakota, owner of the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels, produce a record of nearly 1.3 million barrels.

Meanwhile, the socialism they succumbed to forces Venezuelans to eat pets and zoo animals.

Imagine the wealth that would be produced if Venezuela were populated by North Dakotans.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Nov 27 2018

Short History of the Ruin of Venezuela

Recently the wealthiest country in Latin America, Venezuela is now a basket case, the economy having shrunken by 50% in 5 years. We owe it to Venezuelans to at least learn from their mistakes, so that their suffering is not for nothing. There is more to the story than Hugo Chávez taking power and then flushing the country down the toilet of socialism. As explained at sponsor, the roots of the moonbattery go back much earlier…

Venezuela started with promise, combining abundant natural resources with respect for property rights. Things started to go wrong when Marcos Peréz Jiminéz took power in 1948. Although the economy did well under his military rule, he started the statist ball rolling by creating the government-owned steel company SIDOR and encroaching on the hospital industry.

Peréz Jiminéz’s heavy-handedness brought to power leftist radical Rómulo Betancourt, who became president in 1959. This former communist toned down his extremism; however,

Betancourt’s socialist lite vision was reflected in the Venezuelan Constitution of 1961, which set the foundation for a vast series of government interventions – labor rights, land reform, and oil industry regulation.

Betancourt devalued the bolivar, tripled income tax, and oversaw years on end of fiscal deficits.

Venezuela sits on the largest proven oil reserves in the world. In the 1970s, oil came to the rescue — but government kept growing:

When President Carlos Andrés Pérez came into power in 1974, he ushered in an unprecedented era of government growth. At the time, the world was going through a profound energy crisis, from which Pérez sought to profit. Like any sympathizer of big government, Pérez channeled petroleum rents to finance his extravagant spending program.

Pérez nationalized the oil industry, as well as the iron industry, also imposing tariffs and import quotas. He effectively nationalized the Central Bank. Now,

Venezuelan politicians had a printing press and a petroleum revenue piggy bank to finance their government largesse.

It couldn’t last. Under Pérez’s successor Luis Herrera Campins, Venezuela was forced to devalue the currency in 1983 and imposed exchange controls to prevent capital flight.

Carlos Andrés Pérez made a comeback in the late 1980s. By then,

Not only was Venezuela heavily indebted due to its extravagant spending programs, but it was non-competitive at the international level thanks to its protectionist policies.

Pérez imposed a value-added tax, but he also made some attempt to get the government off the neck of the economy through tariff reductions and privatizations, though the crucial oil industry remained in the corrupt and incompetent hands of Big Government.

His attempts at reform were seen as austerity measures. A population accustomed to the short-term perks of irresponsible deficit spending pushed back. Dissatisfaction led to the 1989 Caracazo incident, which left hundreds of protesters dead in Caracas.

Hugo Chávez´s Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 began to take root within the military. Two coup attempts failed in 1992. That same year, Pérez was impeached for corruption.

The country hobbled along under Rafael Caldera, who made half-hearted attempts to apply responsible economic reforms. Inflation spiked at 100% in 1996.

By 1998, Venezuela had given up on the political status quo, and was ready to elect Hugo Chávez, who followed the Castro model of lurching far left once in power.

Property rights went out the window once Chávez had full control of the state apparatus. Expropriation of private property became the norm during the Chávez years. According to some reports, the Venezuelan government confiscated upwards of six million acres of farmland.

The government even looted foreign companies like ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips.

Currency and price controls deranged the economy, leading to the shortages that Venezuela is best known for today. Hyperinflation took wing.

After Chávez died in 2013, Nicolás Maduro picked up right where he left off, trying to force the ineptly managed government-controlled oil company to carry the entire economy on its back.

That brings us to today:

Long lines to get basic food items. Hospitals running out of medical supplies. Starving people eating zoo animals.

The autopsy report for Venezuela would list the following causes of death:

state intervention in the marketplace, widespread institutional decay, private property seizures, fiat money, and rampant corruption – all pursued in the name of a socialist utopia…

Too bad they don’t have a Second Amendment in Venezuela. If someone other than criminals and tyrants had guns, there might have been enough resistance when Chávez started expropriating that the current catastrophe could have been avoided.

Let’s not follow Venezuela down the road to ruin. The alternative consists of property rights, free markets, and a well-armed populace able to resist dictators.

Read the whole piece at Stock up on ammo while you’re there.

Nov 09 2018

Horses Poached in Socialist Venezuela

During the Vietnam War, fellow-traveling liberals used to bleat piteously that “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” This saying is true enough but can be applied just as well to socialism. Horses demonstrate how unhealthy it can be to living things in Venezuela:

Rafael Toro, a student at Venezuela’s top veterinary school, suspected something was amiss when a beloved horse called Miss Congeniality didn’t greet him at the fence one recent morning along with others in the campus’ small herd.

The bright-eyed, bay-colored mare had earned her nickname for helping disabled students overcome their fear of riding horses. They say she was smart and even trotted up when you called her name.

To his shock, Toro discovered the horse’s skin and dismembered bones hidden among trees in the corner pasture of the sprawling campus in the central Venezuelan city of Maracay. Thieves overnight had hopped the fence, slaughtered the horse and made off with her meat — either to sell or to feed their hungry families.

It isn’t an isolated case. Horsemeat can bring good money in the socialist utopia that was recently the wealthiest country in Latin America, before Hugo Chavez imposed an ideology similar to that of today’s Democratic Party.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

Oct 27 2018

Venezuela: Role Model for South Africa

Zimbabwe isn’t the only country to provide a roadmap to the future for the rainbow utopia South Africa. There is also Venezuela.

Julius Malema, formerly of the African National Congress and now of the even more extreme Economic Freedom Fighters, is to some extent steering the course in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa of the ANC needs to keep pace with him or lose the support of a population that will not tolerate the achievement inequity that is inevitable when whites and blacks live in the same country — thus the ongoing drive to confiscate white property without compensation.

Malema likes the way they do things in Venezuela:

In 2010, Malema led a youth delegation to the country to study its economic model.

Malema, both as an ANC and EFF member, has also stated that Venezuela is a successful example of nationalisation – and South Africa could learn lessons from it.

The nationalization of major industries is a major cause of Venezuela’s economic collapse, which has led to 2.3 million people escaping the country since 2014. Inflation is expected to reach 1 million percent by the end of the year.

But at least that isn’t as bad as Zimbabwe. Before it abandoned its currency, Zimbabwe managed to push the inflation rate to 89.7 sextillion (10^21) percent with race-based socialist policies of the type gathering steam in South Africa.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Sep 26 2018

Four-Day Lines for Gasoline in Oil-Rich but Socialist Venezuela

Countermoonbat economist Milton Friedman is said to have said that if you put Big Government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand, meaning that socialism creates shortages out of abundance. Venezuela, possessor of the world’s largest proven oil reserves, has proven this to be correct after succumbing to socialism.

In Táchira, the regime tried out a scheme to prevent foreigners from exploiting subsidized prices, although it would be hard to imagine many foreigners wanting to venture into Venezuela these days. The result was even longer lines than usual.

Drivers reportedly had to wait between 72 to 96 hours in the searing heat outside service stations for the arrival of gasoline, a product in increasingly short supply amid the country’s dire economic crisis.

Well-prepared drivers showed up at gas stations with pillows, hammocks, board games, et cetera.

Finally, after days of this nonsense,

the scene eventually turned to chaos as drivers began to protest by blocking the streets and covering them with debris. Despite the efforts of police to calm the situation, Maduro eventually suspended the new policy.

Even under a socialist dictatorship, it pays to push back.

But Venezuelans can expect continued difficulty obtaining gasoline, as with all other necessities. Oil production is under the control of military generals rather than people who have the first clue about oil production.

On a tip from Lyle.

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