Socialist President of Venezuela Guarantees Everyone a Plasma Television

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President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela is out of touch with reality even by Socialist standards. Not only would his economic plans make even Paul Krugman wince, but he claims to be receiving messages from dead Venezuelan Socialist overlord Hugo Chavez in the form of a small bird and a stain on a subway wall.

It’s hard to know whether Maduro, who had taken to sleeping in Chavez’s mausoleum, is in more desperate need of an economist or a psychiatrist.

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After sending the army to occupy and loot electronics stores, he’s forcing them to sell plasma televisions at the price that he thinks is fair. This is a problem because of runaway inflation and wacky economic policies.

Boleíta, a neighborhood of warehouses, workshops and unattractive buildings in eastern Caracas since last Friday has became ground zero for the “economic war”, says Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro .

The evening of that day, he gave the green light to start an operation  to lower inflation. The first objective of this ” economic offensive ” was Daka , a chain of appliance stores with five locations across the country, one in Boleíta . Its goods were confiscated and immediately put on sale with discounts of 50 % to 70 % from its original price of sale.

The following Monday the maneuver was repeated in all home appliance stores at the edge of the main avenue of Boleíta.

After the occupation of one of these establishments, Army Gen. Herbert Garcia Plaza, head of the newly created Superior Body for Popular Economics, delivered a speech of victory that was televised . In it, he remembered that he too had been a poor boy who got frustrated without a television.

These experiences inspired him , he said, to support the measures of “inspection” of businesses ordered by Maduro. ” We must ensure that all Venezuelans have a plasma TV ,” said the president.

When the Venezuelan president ordered the live auction of Daka inventories and other stores, the first reaction came from frenzied shoppers by the hundreds who gathered that night in front of the stores.

In locations inside and Upata , Los Teques, Puerto La Cruz and Ciudad Ojeda , there were serious public disorders.

The leaders of the crowd blackmailed shopkeepers so that anyone could enter to sack. Others drew up shopping lists and numbers written on their skin indicating the order of arrival.

General García Plaza harangued, “Nobody criticizes camping for days in capitalist countries to purchase high-tech equipment,” referring to the Apple fans vigil for the last iPhone launch .

Fifteen years of expropriations , unfinished industrial projects and, above all , of distortions favorable to corruption and speculation, caused by a control system of foreign exchange managed by the State , emasculated the productive apparatus of Venezuela.

The country imports more than half of what it consumes . The revolutionary government continues to print local currency but increasingly falls short of hard currency to pay for imports.

The forced discount shopping and seizure was made without search warrants . Although the sale of appliances not subject to the local law of consumer protection, Maduro proceeded to the confiscation and auction for the greater good.

Every night of the week; Maduro launched on radio and TV accusations against the merchants : “Parasites” , “viruses” , “bloodsuckers” and  “termites of evil.”

On national television , the president also told of how he sent police officers to arrest another store manager. The store owner is now ruined or imprisoned , he takes refuge in hiding or exile , raising serious questions about how appliance stores will replenish their inventory.

They won’t, of course. Certainly not LGs. That just means the home appliance market will collapse into “used” sales the way that Venezuela’s automobile industry did, turning Venezuelan used cars into hot commodities. Shortages will follow, just like with toilet paper, and Maduro will nationalize more stuff and try to build local industries, like he did with an attempt at constructing a local car using Iranian technology.

But Maduro is priming his base of stupid government class thieves for elections… like Obama did. We’re talking about people who don’t understand that if you do this, there will be no more TV’s. They just know that they want free stuff now and the “rich people” are keeping it away from them.

Maduro, like Obama, is trashing the economy to further take over everything, destroy the Middle Class and build another defunct Socialist state with 1,000 government employees to one worker.

Maduro can’t guarantee a Plasma TV for all. No matter how many stores he takes over. Just like Obama can’t guarantee health care for all.

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  • Omar

    Maduro is not Venezuela’s president. He is the viceroy of the Cuban Raj, since Venezuela is a colony of Castrogonia (a.k.a. Communist Cuba). The rightful winner of the presidential election (and the future president of a free and democratic Venezuela) is Henrique Capriles. Anyway, the Castro brothers’ puppet, Maduro, is mentally insane. The Cuban Raj today is destroying Venezuela at an even faster rate than it was under Chavez. A few days ago, Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) hate cult forcefully removed and suspended an opposition lawmaker from the National Assembly and replaced her with a pro-Communist totalitarian PSUV politician, thus giving Maduro enough votes in the National Assembly to pass his so-called decrees, thus making Venezuela one step closer to Communist totalitarianism. We need to help the opposition win the December 8 municipal elections in Venezuela, dismantle the Cuban Raj and restore freedom and democracy to Venezuela (and Cuba).
    Regarding Paul Krugman, last year, I had to read a textbook on economics that was authored by Krugman himself in my economics class in college. In that textbook, there was a chapter about the supply and demand market in which there was a brief section on Venezuela. In that section, Krugman explained how price ceilings in Venezuela caused a shortage of basic goods, like grocery products. Even Krugman acknowledges that Venezuela is a mess today, and the situation is likely going to get worse up ahead.

    • A Z

      Krugman is actually a good economist (competent) IMO, when he wants to be. The problem is he is so partisan at times that he shoots from the hip.

  • A Z

    You know what you call a plasma TV connected to a power grid with dirty power?

    JUNK!

    Since the the government is running the nation’s power grid and it will have brown out and black outs, these free TV will only last 1/2 their expected lifespan.

    Another thing is is when you are given something and you do not have a good work ethic , you will most likely not think of buying things like surge protectors or have the gumption to research it know that you need one.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “…raising serious questions about how appliance stores will replenish their inventory.”

    But I thought these products were plucked from evergreen trees, just dropping down waiting to be scooped up and sold. Hmmm.

    None of these people have any serious questions. They’re either completely delusional or are perfectly capable of seeing what’s happening.

  • Toni_Pereira

    Venezuela today,the EU and the US within 10 years.Definitely the loonies took over the nuthouse…

  • Johnnnyboy

    So, how do you handle your inventory if you are running a retail store in Venezuela? At the least you sell it down to a bare minimum and put up with spot shortages. Or, I suppose you could just sell out and have pictures of the stuff for sale, The customers then have to put money down before the stuff is ordered. Of course they could always loot your store by stealing the pictures. It sounds as though they may be headed for a severe economic disruption.

    Maybe we never should have been against socialism or Communism in Latin America. It is self destructive.

    • A Z

      I like it. Someone might call that at cost plus a some sort of a fixed markup, but that puts a seller at risk also. they could contract to import a TV for delivery in a few days or a few weeks and still get loose their shirt because of the exchange rate.

      But I still think it is better than what Maduro is doing. I am not sure that Maduro go much past long division if he learned it at all. Yet, he is considered smart enough and wise enough to run a country?

      “Maybe we never should have…”

      That is certainly valid argument. it is also a valid argument that an aggressive expansionist ideology may eventually fall apart due to its’ inherent contradictions but not before swallowing everything. So that is an argument for containment or rollback.

  • v

    Unfortunately, ignorance of the population serves those crooks very well in order to remain in power and continue on the self-destructive path. When germans and Italians brought and gave Hitler and Mussolini absolute power, they did not immediately realize that they are on the path to self-destruct, but once they did, it was too late. Venezuela is not different neither is the U.S.. Unfortunately, when this happens, all suffer not just those who paved the way to tyranny and gave tyrants the power.

  • Softly Bob

    A socialist tyrant’s dream – give them all a free TV then they can all watch endless propaganda programs on every single channel. Hitler would have loved national television!

  • http://islesofmyst.co.uk/ Raibeart MacIlleathain

    1. Thou shalt not steal.
    2. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods.

    Every, that is E V E R Y socialist government/progressive-democrat party in the world, throughout history has used covetousness as an excuse to steal his neighbour’s goods and real property.

    And we know the love of (other peoples’) money is the root of all evil.

    The God of Israel handed down the Commandments for the benefit of everyone. God is interested in everything, down to weights and measures, that we do not cheat our neighbours. We are to love our neighbours as ourselves.

    But socialists hate God, hate believers, hate private property, and hate capitalism and individual freedom. How, therefore, can any believer vote for a socialist or a Democrat?

    Unless one’s belief is merely a ruse and secretly you covet “free” stuff provided by strong-arm criminals robbing old ladies of their pensions to keep you in “free” stuff?

  • Well Done

    Stunned fruits like Maduro seem to think these TVs were grown on trees. But, no, they’re not that dumb. They know the TV takes research, development, mining, shipping, construction, training… all the stuff “capitalism” is so good at, and that socialists claim as belonging to “the people” (meaning government). This is how the left behave. This is what the hard left truly believe, and they will go to war before allowing themselves to admit they were wrong. In fact some of them will fight to the death. 0bama is surrounded by hard left true believers. Personally, I don’t think he’s really a true believer – he doesn’t care enough about anyone but himself to be a believer. People like Bill Ayers, Valerie Jarrett, and who knows how many behind-the-scenes ideologues, are calling the shots. 0bama doesn’t personally care about America or Americans. At all.

  • Chavi Beck

    An awesome Soviet-era joke comes to mind.

    USSR government spokesman announces, “By the year 2000, every citizen of Moscow will have his own private helicopter!”

    Innocent foreign journalist asks: “Why would everyone need a private helicopter?”

    Government spokesman: “Because let’s say one day you find out there are potatoes for sale in Leningrad, this way you can get there first.”