Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The 2nd Biggest Socialist In The Americas Is Dying
He came to power by exploiting the ignorance of those dependent on a government check. He promised an end to poverty and the triumph of the worker over the wealthy. He demonized the opposition party and avowed that he, and he alone, held all the answers to his nation's problems.
He commandeered the national press, suppressed free expression and persecuted those journalists who dared criticize his policies.
He nationalized a budding automobile industry and turned the wealth of the companies over to the workers...and quickly saw the industry die.
He demonized Big Oil, violated world standards of property law and nationalized the oil industry that resulted in a tripling of the cost of a barrel of oil.
He centralized power in the capitol and appointed "program lords" to dictate how every phase of the nation's economy was to be managed.
He spent his entire political career marginalizing and dismissing the nation's legislative branch as simply an obstacle to his achievement of total power.
He tried assessing massive hydrocarbon taxes on all carbon based energy sources and decimated his nation's economy.
He cheered the violence and spewing Christian hatred of the Arab Spring and called for the end of Western support for Israel.
He tried implementing price controls and brought about material shortages and a decline in his nation's economy.
He nationalized medical care and doctors and medical researchers fled to economies where advanced medical research was still valued. The good doctors fled the country in droves so that, when he developed cancer he had to go to Cuba to find 1950's era medical care that failed to restore his health.
Now Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela is dying and in his last hours. But he still has the golden memories of meeting the American hemisphere's biggest socialist at an Organization for America States conference a few years ago. The two grand socialists were said to have hit it off immediately.