Last edited by Own Arris; 8th October 2012 at 05:14 AM.
Poverty has definitely been reduced under Chavez but the level of reduction is dubious, he's playing the stats giving cash hand outs to the impoverished to get them just above the poverty line but that's totally unsustainable once the oil runs out they're goosed again.
Yeah great use the oil money for the benefit of the people but he's not reinvesting that money for the benefit of all Venezuelans.
Under Chavez Venezuela has become one of the most violent places on earth, they have to ration petrol despite owning one of the largest oil reserves, there are food shortages, there are shortages of other basics, their currency is worth a fifth of what it was 14 years ago, inflation runs at 30%, it's considered to be one of the least competitive places to do business and it's definitely not as politically free as some posters here seem to think
From the New York Times
Venezuelans Resist Order to Turn Over Voter Names
By WILLIAM NEUMAN
Published: February 15, 2012
CARACAS, Venezuela — A furor has erupted in Venezuela over voter secrecy in an opposition primary election held on Sunday to choose a candidate to run against President Hugo Chávez, with political leaders expressing fear that the government might seek reprisals against voters if their names are publicized.
The nation’s highest court on Tuesday ordered the opposition coalition that organized the primary to turn over to the government records containing the names of the more than three million people who participated.
"Chávez es el pueblo" all you need to know really as to why he won
I suppose it is now time that Venezuela got added to the axis of evil.
Bring in "regime change", "dumbocracy", "oliganarchy", and a pointless two party system, etc...
Yes, we can't have a man who uses the vast profits from oil to educate, to provide health care and to help the poor in other countries as well as his own! Why, look at the magnificent military forces he could build and 'we' would be happy to sell him any arms or munitions he wanted. 'We' could also give his forces a role in our wars 'for democracy' around the globe' where he could send his poor to fight and kill other poor people.
This idea of spending money on the poor of society and on things like free heath care and education must be stopped before it becomes too popular, harrumph.
Last edited by jdaly; 8th October 2012 at 12:07 PM.
Chavez won in 20 of 24 states. Once again, the western media has been shown up for what they are- liars.
Did anyone read the article about him in Time? One of the most biased pieces of "reporting" I ever did see!
Congratulations to the Venezualan people on their choice of President.