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Can you support socialism:

And also denounce it:

As a Democrat, and a proud one at that, I see nothing wrong with the behavior and accept it as Hollywood's capability of being factually fluid. As in, facts can change at will. Those poor people of Venezuela do not realize that their utopian environment is the natural and progressive result of Democratic socialism. They take their empty toilet paper rolls and lint nuggets for granted.

Anyone denouncing this is a racist, bigoted, xenophobic, intolerant, piece of shit that probably wants to mansplain to those of us freely giving 70% of our income back to the government with no required mandate to do so.

So suck it while you look up at how morally righteous I am.

 

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11 hours ago, facelessman07 said:

Can you support socialism:

And also denounce it:

As a Democrat, and a proud one at that, I see nothing wrong with the behavior and accept it as Hollywood's capability of being factually fluid. As in, facts can change at will. Those poor people of Venezuela do not realize that their utopian environment is the natural and progressive result of Democratic socialism. They take their empty toilet paper rolls and lint nuggets for granted.

Anyone denouncing this is a racist, bigoted, xenophobic, intolerant, piece of shit that probably wants to mansplain to those of us freely giving 70% of our income back to the government with no required mandate to do so.

So suck it while you look up at how morally righteous I am.

 

You think Venezuela is crumbling because of democratic socialism?

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3 hours ago, SyCOLA said:

You think Venezuela is crumbling because of democratic socialism?

Their elected President has crushed their country into a shithole.

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The problem in Venezuela was that the entire economy was dependent on the oil industry. Once that crashed, everything fell to pieces. 90% of the Venezuelan economy is still privatized, so it’s not like we’re dealing with Cuba or the Soviets here. Venezuela much more resembles euro-social democracy than anything else. If anything Maduro should put more pressure on the bloodsuckers in his country. The huge free food initiative has largely worked (which is part of why he won re-election) but he still needs to let the chains go and start seizing assets and redistributing them more effectively. He’s solved the food crisis, but not the economic one.

Of course, US-influenced companies and international markets have tried their hardest to shut Venezuela out and make it as hard as possible for Maduro to help his people, whether it be through sanctions preventing the government from importing vital medicine, or through large international corporations manipulating prices and the Venezuelan currency to keep it as worthless as possible. Which is why Maduro needs to take the Fidel approach and just...take it.

Make no mistake, the economy crashing was 100% on Chavez for making it a one-trick pony. But that won’t change the fact that the US, Canada, and other western powers have tried their hardest to make sure the recovery doesn’t happen in order to stir up as much unrest as possible. They’re doing it because a socialist leader having access to the world’s largest oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere is a problem that stands against western global hegemony.

Regardless, Maduro hasn’t done that good a job managing the crisis, but the idea he’s some sort of dictator is just propaganda - he was elected with 65% of the popular vote, in an election that the UN observed and clarified as fair and free. 

The US’s coup attempt here is going to fail for two main reasons: 1). The vast majority of people and the military is still behind Maduro. Nobody, and I do mean nobody, is going to take marching orders from whatever random guy the US just decided was president.

And 2.) China has incredibly close ties with Venezuela, and has already rebuked the US and it’s puppets in recognizing Maduro as the leader. China’s economic and military power alone will keep Venezuela (and Maduro) afloat no matter what. 

Theres no mass support on the ground, or vast support internationally. The US’s coup attempt has failed before it even got off the ground. Maduro isn’t backing down. He knows he has his people, and his allies internationally. Unless we want Vietnam part 4, we’ll leave the issue alone.

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1 hour ago, facelessman07 said:

Their elected President has crushed their country into a shithole.

This type of blatant ignorance is just funny. If anyone is to blame, it's Chavez. He worked the economy into a one-trick pony. Maduro hasn't been the best, but the people still love him, so it's moot. The coup won't work.

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5 hours ago, Willy Mo said:

This type of blatant ignorance is just funny. If anyone is to blame, it's Chavez. Maduro hasn't been the best, but the people still love him, so it's moot.

Blatant ignorant post is blatantly ignorant.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics/venezuelas-maduro-approval-rises-to-23-percent-after-trump-sanctions-poll-idUSKCN1C8037

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article209097809.html

5 hours ago, Willy Mo said:

He worked the economy into a one-trick pony. 

"Socialism"

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17 hours ago, facelessman07 said:

the one trick pony is oil. you can have a socialist system with the country having more than one major source of revenue 

that is a separate issue from if socialism works

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Fuck, Willie ain't even a Socialist, he a dyed in the wool Communist LMFAO....in other words, he got no problem if the local boss needs his broken down Lada to get around to his confiscation rounds...🤣

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7 hours ago, Dago said:

the one trick pony is oil. you can have a socialist system with the country having more than one major source of revenue 

that is a separate issue from if socialism works

That's not really the context of my "one-worder."

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The UNGA just officially recognized Maduro as Venezuela's president. So if we do try any of our classic central/south American coup moves there, China is sure to take opposing action now that the UN has affirmed Maduro as the rightful leader. "Declaring" the far-right suit we picked as president was always flagrantly illegal in Venezuelan law, and it now recognized as illegal internationally.

Of course, this is all being overseen by John Bolton, who I'm sure is foaming at the mouth to start WWIII over a democratically elected leader with a ton of oil.  Nobody in VEN is listening to that chump they picked, so they're either gonna have to back off of it or it's wartime. Their bullshit (predictably) didn't work. 

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11 minutes ago, Willy Mo said:

The UNGA just officially recognized Maduro as Venezuela's president. So if we do try any of our classic central/south American coup moves there, China is sure to take opposing action now that the UN has affirmed Maduro as the rightful leader. "Declaring" the far-right suit we picked as president was always flagrantly illegal in Venezuelan law, and it now recognized as illegal internationally.

Of course, this is all being overseen by John Bolton, who I'm sure is foaming at the mouth to start WWIII over a democratically elected leader with a ton of oil.  Nobody in VEN is listening to that chump they picked, so they're either gonna have to back off of it or it's wartime. Their bullshit (predictably) didn't work. 

There is a place for you in his paradise....

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2 minutes ago, Freebird Lives said:

There is a place for you in his paradise....

They got some nice beaches out there. Fly me out? Put Cuba on the docket as well. I really wanna bask in all the horrors of socialism. 

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Just now, Willy Mo said:

They got some nice beaches out there. Fly me out? Put Cuba on the docket as well. I really wanna bask in all the horrors of socialism. 

Can you play shortstop ?... I hear good shortstops are able to get real toilet paper down there....

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On 2/1/2019 at 5:17 PM, Willy Mo said:

Fly me out? 

Excuse me??

The Green New Deal calls for the abolishment of air travel.

Would a shoddy raft suffice?

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On 1/24/2019 at 10:57 AM, SyCOLA said:

You think Venezuela is crumbling because of democratic socialism?

 

On 1/24/2019 at 3:16 PM, Willy Mo said:

Blah......

Yes it fell because of socialism.  And it's what Democrats want.  

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Maduro's people love him yet he's strategically closing down borders in order to block US aid.

Yeah, right.

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On 2/9/2019 at 10:07 PM, facelessman07 said:

Excuse me??

The Green New Deal calls for the abolishment of air travel.

Would a shoddy raft suffice?

How did I miss this stupid shit lol. 

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5 minutes ago, SyCOLA said:

How did I miss this stupid shit lol. 

Uhh probably because there's nothing you can say to counter it.

Save your opinions for those who care to hear them.

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4 minutes ago, facelessman07 said:

Uhh probably because there's nothing you can say to counter it.

Save your opinions for those who care to hear them.

If you were to read the actual text in the bill instead of gateway pundit headlines,  you would save yourself the embarrassment

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3 hours ago, facelessman07 said:

Maduro’s forces have now opened fire and killed civilians.

@Willy Mo

What the deal yo?

Can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs.

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On 2/1/2019 at 5:17 PM, Willy Mo said:

They got some nice beaches out there. Fly me out? Put Cuba on the docket as well. I really wanna bask in all the horrors of socialism. 

WILLY WHERE ARE YOU?!

Cuba launches widespread rationing in face of crisis

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2009 file photo, an employee works in a government food store with empty shelves in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban government said, Friday, May 10, 2019, that it will begin rationing chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)© The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2009 file photo, an employee works in a government food store with empty shelves in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban government said, Friday, May 10, 2019, that it will begin rationing chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

HAVANA — The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis.

Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency that various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with shortages of staple foods. She blamed the hardening of the U.S. trade embargo by the Trump administration. Economists give equal or greater blame to a plunge in aid from Venezuela, where the collapse of the state-run oil company has led to a nearly two-thirds cut in shipments of subsidized fuel that Cuba used for power and to earn hard currency on the open market.

Cuba imports roughly two thirds of its food at an annual cost of more than $2 billion and brief shortages of individual products have been common for years. In recent months, a growing number of products have started to go missing for days or weeks at a time, and long lines have sprung up within minutes of the appearance of scarce products like chicken or flour. Many shoppers find themselves still standing in line when the products run out, a problem the government has been blaming on "hoarders."

"The country's going through a tough moment. This is the right response. Without this, there'll be hoarders. I just got out of work and I was able to buy hot dogs," said Lazara Garcia, a 56-year-old tobacco-factory worker.

At the Havana shopping center where Garcia bought her hot dogs, cashiers received orders Friday morning to limit powdered milk to four packets per person, sausages to four packs per person and peas to five packets per person.

Manuel Ordoñez, 43, who identified himself as a small business owner, said the new measures would do nothing to resolve Cuban's fundamental problems.

"What the country needs to do is produce. Sufficient merchandise is what will lead to shorter lines," he said.

Limited rationing of certain products has already begun in many parts of the country, with stores limiting the number of items like bottles of cooking oil that a single shopper can purchase. The policy announced by Díaz appears to go further and apply the same standards across the country of 11 million people.

Food stores in Cuba are government-run and sell products ranging from highly subsidized to wildly overpriced by global standards. Every Cuban receives a ration book that allows them to buy small quantities of basic goods like rice, beans, eggs and sugar each month for payment equivalent to a few U.S. cents.

Cubans with enough money can buy more of those basic goods at "liberated" prices that are still generally below the world average. At the highest of Cuba's three tiers, brand-name goods from high-quality rice to fancy jams can be purchased for often two to three times the price in their country of origin.

Díaz said chicken will now be sold in limited quantities in every type of store — with cheaper chicken limited to 11 pounds per purchase and the more expensive variety capped at two packages per purchase.

Low-priced soap, rice, bean, peas and eggs will now only be sold in limited quantities per person and controlled through the national system of ration books, Díaz said.

Sales of those products at higher prices do not appear to be affected for the moment. The measures can be expected to have a serious impact on private business owners who often buy cheaper-priced goods at state stores in the absence of access to a wholesale market. Cuba maintains a total monopoly on wholesale commerce, imports and exports, with virtually no access for the country's small but growing private sector.

Díaz provided a grim series of statistics on food production by the state-run sector, which has found itself struggling to find the cash it needs to pay for basic inputs. She said that in March Cuba produced 900,000 fewer eggs than the 5.7 million needed daily to satisfy national demand. That deficit shrank to 600,000 by mid-April, she said.

The production of pork, the most-consumed meat in Cuba and a normally affordable staple of most people's diets, is hundreds of tons below target, she said.

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WILLY WILLY WILLY!!!

Cuba cuts newspaper size due to paper scarcity as shortages bite

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba says a paper shortage is forcing it to cut back on pages and circulation at several state-run newspapers including the Communist Party daily Granma, highlighting the severity of the country’s cash crunch as scarcity of basic goods increases. 

The Communist government said on Thursday that it was halving the edition size of some weeklies as well as Granma on certain days due to the lack of newsprint, which it imports. It will also no longer publish the Union of Young Communists’ newspaper, Juventud Rebelde, on Saturdays. 

It was the first time Cuba had taken such a measure since the 1990s depression spawned by the fall of former ally the Soviet Union. It comes as Cubans are having to queue sometimes for hours for basics such as eggs and flour whenever they appear on store shelves. 

Last year’s introduction of mobile internet and a state app called “Donde Hay” (“Where there is”) have to some extent multiplied the mayhem as they have made it easier for Cubans to find out in real time when new stock has arrived. 

“There’s nothing at the moment, and when they finally put something in the shops there are huge queues and you have to fight for it,” said Niurka Fontana, 33, a Havana resident who works at an ice-cream parlor. “Every day it’s worse.” 

While Cubans have long faced sporadic shortages of particular items due to external shocks to the state-run economy and often dysfunctional central planning, widespread scarcity of some basic goods has picked up over the past few months. 

First it was medicine and then flour, then vegetable oil and now eggs and meat. 

“I’ve had this prescription for renal antibiotics on me for two months now, but you can’t find them anywhere,” said pensioner Georgie Pi. 

The shortages have pushed up prices of some goods on the black market that not all Cubans can afford given the average state salary is around $30 per month. 

The government has acknowledged that some shortages, like medicines, are due to a lack of imports of goods necessary for production. 

Cuba announced austerity measures three years ago due to lower exports and liquidity problems as aid from key ally Venezuela shrank amid its own economic crisis. 

It has since also had to contend with a tightening of the decades-old U.S. trade embargo under President Donald Trump and the end of medical services exports to Brazil following the election of far-right Jair Bolsonaro as president. 

It faces another threat to its exports of doctors and nurses as protests roil old friend Algeria. 

President Miguel Diaz-Canel told the National Assembly in December that the government would be increasing austerity this year. 

The Economy Minister Alejandro Gil Fernandez said last month that egg production had recently been affected by problems with the importation of avian feed. Cuba would import more of certain basic goods in upcoming months and take measures to avoid hoarding, he added. 

Many state-run shops are already rationing sales, creating a new headache for private eateries that do not have access to wholesale markets. 

Most Cubans say they are used to shortages, although some fear they will only get worse. 

“If there is a crisis in Venezuela, it affects us directly,” said state worker Carlos Perez, 51. 

Reporting by Sarah Marsh; Additional Reporting by Nelson Acosta; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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