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Hard Times in Venezuela

  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image80
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago

    Government corruption and other forces are causing chaotic conditions in Venezuela. What can we learn?

    "The political opposition in Venezuela is far more unified than it was during the era of Mr. Maduro’s popular predecessor, Hugo Chávez. He died in 2013, but many economists say his policies of
    state ownership,
    unfettered spending,
    and domestic price controls
    are at least partly responsible for the crisis today."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/28/world … pe=article

    https://www.cato.org/publications/comme … -venezuela

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/25/world … .html?_r=0

  2. ahorseback profile image61
    ahorsebackposted 13 months ago

    Venezuela  , Todays perfect and most brilliant example of what happens when a collective populace demands it all happen FROM  central government !  Socialism at it's finest hour - " Gimme"  at it's ultimate   peak . Government has always failed at every attempt of the  dictating  of social entitlements and  social reforms .

    Every time that any government says "-I will take from those  who have grown something and give it to those who need it most  " , they thereby create  simply the greatest unsustainable welfare societies in the world - AND those examples  lay in ruins  in every part of the past or modern  world. 

    Venezuela-- The elitism of pseudo -intellectualism and the great gifting of the institutions of the  ivory towers  -  at work . --Pay attention America .

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  3. Kathryn L Hill profile image80
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago

    A short thread is when everyone agrees! smile

    1. colorfulone profile image86
      colorfuloneposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      People are afraid because Trump is going to lower their taxes?   That really shows how brainwashing is so effective through media.

  4. Kathryn L Hill profile image80
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago

    What is happening in Venezuela is the result of fooling the people by the leaders in government and the people being fooled. There are no morals, no rules, no principles, no honesty, no compassion, no reality. There is illusion and selfishness. No education, no reading, no newspapers, no honest reporting, no honest media. "Look out America" is right. If you don't think it can happen here, think again. We are very sheltered and we can't imagine such a state of affairs. We really need to stay vigilant to maintain all the good things America offers on a cultural level as far as Christian values, spiritual leanings and following The Golden Rule. On a political level, we need to oust bad politicians pronto, insist on honesty in media, and make sure radio/TV/internet, newspapers, true education, law and justice for all is provided.

    I would also add this: it is imperative to fight the gangs and cartels by stopping illegal drug USE and (therefore) sales. ENOUGH!

  5. Kathryn L Hill profile image80
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago

    "Venezuelan government
    See also: Corruption in Venezuela and Cartel of the Suns

    Page of sealed superseding indictment of United States of America v. Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas.
    According to Jackson Diehl, Deputy Editorial Page Editor of The Washington Post, the Bolivarian government of Venezuela shelters "one of the world’s biggest drug cartels". There have also been allegations that former president Hugo Chávez and Diosdado Cabello being involved with drug trafficking.

    In May 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported from United States officials that drug trafficking in Venezuela increased significantly with Colombian drug traffickers moving from Colombia to Venezuela due to pressure from law enforcement. One United States Department of Justice official described the higher ranks of the Venezuelan government and military as "a criminal organization", with high ranking Venezuelan officials, such as National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, being accused of drug trafficking and chief of Cartel of the Suns. Those involved with investigations stated that Venezuelan government defectors and former traffickers had given information to investigators and that details of those involved in government drug trafficking were increasing. On 11 November 2015, DEA agents arrested in Haiti two relatives (an adopted son and a nephew) of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro while trying to move 800 kilograms of cocaine from Venezuela to the USA, a source from DEA stated unofficially that there is no way that the amount of cocaine that passes through Venezuela does it without high levels of corruption in the government."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_d … _Venezuela


  6. Kathryn L Hill profile image80
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago

    "Southwestern border
    Most of the illicit drugs come into the United States across the vast 2,000-mile land border between the US and Mexico, called the Southwestern border or SWB. Drug cartels in Mexico utilize drug mules, tunnels, boats, vehicles, trains, aircrafts, donkeys, and couriers to get illegal drugs into America. Mexican drug cartels make an estimated $19-$29 billion a year on drug sales in the United States Conflicts between drug cartels over territory as well as the attempts to stop drug trafficking by law enforcement officials often results in violence, and this has caused over 55,000 deaths since the proclaimed Mexican Drug War began in 2006

    Mexico’s involvement in the illicit drug trade in the United States:

    Marijuana: Mexico is the number one foreign supplier of marijuana to the United States, and marijuana is thought to be the top revenue generator for Mexican drug cartels.
    Cocaine: Mexico does not produce cocaine, however, Mexican cartels move Columbian cocaine through South and Central America and into the United States. An estimated 93 percent of cocaine headed to the US from South America moves through Mexico.
    Methamphetamine: Mexico remains the biggest foreign supplier of methamphetamine to the United States, and Mexican drug cartels set up labs to manufacture meth on both sides of the border, controlling labs in Southern California as well as domestically.
    Heroin: While Asia and the Middle East remain the biggest producers of heroin, Mexican black-tar and brown heroin is on the rise. In fact, 39 percent of heroin identified under the DEA’s Heroin Signature Program (HSP) in 2008 came from Mexico, making Mexico the source country for many of the heroin abusers west of the Mississippi River."

    https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/drug … e-numbers/

  7. Kathryn L Hill profile image80
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago