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February 25, 2008

Venezuela Reduced to Cuba-Style Food Rationing

Fidel Castro must be very proud of his protege Hugo Chavez, who despite massive oil wealth has managed to drag Venezuela down Cuba's path to poverty:

Venezuela has adopted an unprecedented system of food rationing similar to the ration cards used in Cuba, after several months of food shortages that have caused popular discontent.
The Ministry of Nutrition announced last week that beneficiaries of the government's food distribution program would only be allowed one purchase a day. The amount of food allocated to each family would be based on a ''social study'' the government performed, it said.

At least Government is there to regulate the hunger pangs:

[…]distribution centers will now keep a registry of families shopping at each center to ensure that no home receives a "surplus" of staple products.
Under the new rationing system, government distribution centers will open at 8 a.m. and each customer will be given a control number that will allow him to shop for food that day. The customer will also fill out a registry card with his name, ID number and the products and quantities to be purchased.

Why would people sitting on a lake of oil be going hungry? Socialism is why:

Luis Rodríguez, executive director of the Association of Supermarkets and Convenience Stores, said the shortages are not transitory but structural and they have been mounting for at least the past eight months. According to Rodríguez, supermarkets throughout Venezuela are experiencing shortages of chicken, beef, pork, dairy products, eggs, flour and tomato derivatives, such as ketchup. Rodríguez blames the shortages on price controls established by the government, which have left producers with little reason to increase production.

Civilization having failed them, some hungry Venezuelans have resorted to looting. But by all means, let's elect Barack Obama and try socialism in America. Everyone hopes for change!

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Shopping in Chavez's socialist utopia.

On a tip from General Jack D. Ripper.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 25, 2008 8:29 AM

Comments

In the UK, they would implement the "one meal a day" program as part of an anti-obesity initiative. Left-wing fascists --- flexible rationales, inflexible goals.

Posted by: V the K at February 25, 2008 8:42 AM

I love the fact that Venezuela has a "Ministry of Nutrition." Just cut to the truth and call it the "Ministry of Plenty." It can be next door to the "Ministry of Love."

Posted by: PabloD at February 25, 2008 9:22 AM

"distribution centers will now keep a registry of families shopping at each center to ensure that no home receives a "surplus" of staple products."

Translation: Report your neighbors' "surplus" and you will receive an extra roll of toilet paper this month.

Posted by: mandy at February 25, 2008 9:36 AM

PabloD, I was just about to compare this to the "Ministry of plenty," but you beat me to it. The ministry of love is a nice touch too.
Socialism:Equality for everyone, excess for none

Posted by: conservativeteen at February 25, 2008 9:45 AM

Not quite conservateen. Hugo Chavez doesn't look like he's missed any meals since the takeover. Under socialism, everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others.

Posted by: V the K at February 25, 2008 9:55 AM

The answer to the problem: Personal Carbon Credits

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2008/02/24/brother_can_you_spare_a_carbon_credit/

Posted by: baldeagle390 at February 25, 2008 10:07 AM

WOW! That didn't take long. In only a year or two, Venezuela has plunged from a bread-basket provider to a third-world hell hole thanks to Chavez. I wonder what Glover, Cloony, Redford, and the rest have to say. We'll never know because the media will never ask them.

Posted by: Ed at February 25, 2008 10:24 AM

Ed, Glover, Cloony, Redford et al, would probably say that Chavez and socialism have arrived on the scene just in time! Imagine how much worse things would be if the government weren't there with these programs. That's what they'd say. Thick to the end.

Posted by: Kevin at February 25, 2008 10:52 AM

"I love the fact that Venezuela has a "Ministry of Nutrition." Just cut to the truth and call it the "Ministry of Plenty." It can be next door to the "Ministry of Love."-Pablo

Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch: "the Ministry of Silly Walks"

Posted by: baldeagle390 at February 25, 2008 11:27 AM

"I wonder what Glover, Cloony, Redford, and the rest have to say."

They'd say "it is solely because of the imperialistic attitude and exploitation of the ravenous BushCo and the Devil Haliburton that Venezuela is suffering these privations." It simply couldn't be the fault of an economic and political system that has yet to work anywhere....

Posted by: Uchuck the Tuchuck at February 25, 2008 12:43 PM

Since oil is ~$100 a barrel, it is fair to ask, where is that money going? Chavez and his comunistas obviously aren't spending it on the people. So, where is it going?

Posted by: V the K at February 25, 2008 6:44 PM

I wonder what Glover, Cloony, Redford, and the rest have to say. We'll never know because the media will never ask them.

They will say the people have universal health care to treat all the diseases they will get from malnutrition!

Posted by: Oldcrow at February 25, 2008 8:06 PM