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yes yes ive heard about chavez halving the poverty rate, making venezuela have the second most worker co-ops after China, and expanding health care to people who’ve never seen a doctor
but an expat in miami said that the government is authoritarian
I think it has more to do with the fact that he’s pilfering the nation’s resources to support his own ego, even as he intervenes in other countries the way you people pretend that you’re against.
Venezuela is a poor country. The poor might be better off, but they are no where near “Well off,” they still have a great many needs and yet their President is throwing away the wealth of their nation in a selfish act of demagoguery.
I mean, the man is giving away oil to lots of other countries, but it’s not his oil! It belongs to the people of Venezuela, not him. They need the money. He shouldn’t be giving away their resources, or even discounting it. It all belongs to the people, and they need every last dime.
….he’s also spent rather lavishly on the military, feigning a threat from the United States. I’m sure you mindlessly agree, but let me put it this way:
Iraq had a far larger air force, sporting some of the most advanced aircraft the Russians had to offer. Chazev could buy 10 times as many jets as he has purchased and they still wouldn’t last more than a few hours if the United States attacked — and they’d only last that long if he kept them on the ground, well hidden. The military spending offers no security. Such spending isn’t just futile, it’s robbing a poverty-soaked nation of resources so their egotistical leader can pretend that his penis just got bigger…
….and there’s also a lot of concern about him gutting the oil industry — slaughtering the goose that lays the golden eggs. He’s buying his popularity with not just the oil profits, but the operating money — the money for future exploration and exploitation of the oil.
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