Hugo Chavez Plundered Venezuela With Obama Type Socialism

March 6, 2013 11:42 amViews: 2517

Hugo Chavez dead Was he loved by Barack Obama?

Venezuela's strong man and Socialist dictator Hugo Chavez is dead and he leaves behind a plundered country rife with corruption and an uncertain future. As the American Main Stream Media and the Hollywood left praises Chavez, for being "a great hero", "a dear friend" and for "the gains made for the poor and vulnerable," the truth is his country is much worse off since his reign began some 14 years ago.

Chavez was popular with the poor, just like Barack Obama is here in America, because he plundered the free market and nationalized companies and whole industries to keep his fake voter base happy. Of course he was well liked, he was a skillful politician and had an infectious, charismatic personality which gave him his supporters and an adoring poor public showered with handouts of free food and free or highly subsidized gasoline. Unfortunately, his support and voter base all came at the expense of the larger national economy and a debased currency.

Again, just like President Obama, he did not deal well with criticism well so "he turned his fire on the independent news media, eventually silencing most voices of opposition by bully tactics and economic intimidation" according to the Miami Herald. Does the Bob Woodward "you will regret doing this" story make more sense now, anyone?

If any of this is beginning to sound familiar, an adoring poor voter base, press intimidation tactics, nationalizing industries (car maker GM) and corruption so bad it can't even be dealt with properly any longer (Benghazi Libya), it sounds eerily like the President we have now. Granted, we are a long way away from some of the tactics used by Hugo Chavez, but the fact that our entertainment industry and much of the media adored him should be cause for great alarm. They have only looked at either their personal interactions with him, or what he did for the poor, but have ignored the other horrendous problems Venezuela now faces as a result of his plunder.

Read more startling details on Hugo Chavez's life and death below via The Miami Herald:

Dead at 58, Hugo Chávez leaves behind a country in far worse condition than it was when he became president, its future clouded by rivals for succession in a constitutional crisis of his Bolivarian party’s making and an economy in chaos.

A former paratrooper, Mr. Chávez had a radical vision for “21st Century Socialism,” which was never fully explained. His skillful rhetoric, which filled supporters with utopian dreams, was used to justify the methodical destruction of Venezuela’s democratic institutions and the free market.

Shortly after coming to office, he rewrote the constitution to his liking and aggressively set out to rig elections and stifle adversaries in the legislative branch and the courts. Unable to brook criticism, he turned his fire on the independent news media, eventually silencing most voices of opposition by bully tactics and economic intimidation.

His Bolivarian regime rewarded supporters and punished opponents, giving rise to enormous corruption and the creation of a new class of greedy oligarchs with political connections. Unfortunately for Venezuela and for all his political skills, the president was both an incompetent executive and a worse economist.

In an energy-rich country that once knew no blackouts, electrical shortages are frequent, the result of Mr. Chávez’s plundering of the country’s public oil company. In a country that once enjoyed a thriving free market, prices are controlled and food items often scarce.

In recent weeks, while Mr. Chávez was hospitalized, Venezuela was once again forced to devalue its currency, this time by one-third. This was the inevitable outcome of a series of disastrous economic decisions that included nationalizing the telephone company and other utilities, which scared off foreign investors and spurred capital flight.

For Venezuelans, the worst aspect of the Chávez years was the soaring crime rate. Venezuela has become one of the most violent countries in the world, with nearly 20,000 murders recorded in 2011 and a homicide rate that some experts say is four times greater than in the last year before Mr. Chávez took power.

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