Venezuela’s slide into poverty and chaos continues. The country’s socialist government is now rationing electricity to shopping centers. They will have to close for portions of the day unless they can generate their own power. But they can’t generate their own power, due to the government’s strict currency controls that prevent them from obtaining foreign currency that would allow them to buy the necessary equipment.
That’s life under socialism, every time. Someone tell Bernie! Better yet, tell a journalist who moderates one of the Democrats’ debates. Don’t you think a real reporter would want to ask Bernie what he makes of Venezuela? After all, the country has, as the linked article notes, “the world’s largest known oil reserves,” yet Venezuelans can’t buy toilet paper, let alone food. Does this perhaps tell us something about Sanders’ preferred economic system?
Then there is the violence: Venezuela has a sky-high homicide rate of 58 deaths per 100,000 people, around 15 times the U.S. rate. Funny thing, Venezuela also has strict gun control laws, including a ban on private ownership of firearms, the American gun-grabber’s Holy Grail. But that doesn’t seem to do any good. Just one more thing a debate moderator might want to bring up, assuming of course that the debate moderator is a Republican. But the Democrats aren’t dumb enough to recruit their enemies to moderate their debates.