Saturday, February 10, 2007

Well, That Didn't Take Long (AKA Socialism In Action).

Over in Venezuela, Hugo's Paradise on Earth is coming into being nicely.

"They say there are no shortages, but I'm not finding anything in the stores," grumbled Ana Diaz, a 70-year-old housewife who after eight hours, had managed to fill a bag with chicken, milk, vegetable oil and sugar bought at official prices. "There's a problem somewhere, and it needs to be fixed."

Gonzalo Asuaje, president of the meat processors association Afrigo, said that costs and demand have surged but in four years the government has barely raised the price of beef, which now stands at $1.82 per pound. Simply getting beef to retailers now costs $2.41 per pound without including any markup, he said.

"They want to sell it at the same price the cattle breeder gets for his cow," he said. "It's impossible."

Now I've not read anything of Hugo's own words, but surely a Great Leap Backwards might be in the offing.

And for all of those progressive (sic) aussies who think this guy's a genius and want to go for a ride along tour with local activists and hear all about how the peasants will get what they deserve, feel free to bugger off.


At 6:56 PM, Blogger W. E. Messamore said...

You mean... we should decide how much to charge for our products all by ourselves? Without someone to tell us what to do?

*wide-eyed astonishment*

But surely that could never work!

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn that Chavez, trying to do something that improves the lives of poor people!

Can't work out why they keep electing him...overwhelmingly.


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