Venezuela is shutting down

We are witnessing someting unprecedented in our life time: An entire country, Venezuela, is shutting down before our eyes.
Here’s the latest on the increasingly desperate situation in Venezuela, from The New York Times, May 28, 2016:
(1) Electric blackouts: Electricity is being rationed. To save electricity:

  • Courts and other government offices operate for only two half-days a week, the equivalence of one full day.
  • Public schools are closed on Fridays.

(2) Water shortage: Water is also being rationed. As an example, water arrives just once a week, on Thursdays, to the neighborhood of San Antonio de los Altos. But the water is a brownish color and is making people sick. Many Venezuelans say they have gotten skin irritations from showering or from the inability to bathe and wash their sheets and towels.
(3) Food shortages:

  • Last week, protests turned violent in parts of the country where demonstrators demanded empty supermarkets be resupplied.
  • Coca-Cola Femsa, the Mexican company that bottles Coke in Venezuela, said it’s halting production of sugary soft drinks because it ran out of sugar.

(4) Many people cannot make international calls from their phones because of a dispute between the government and phone companies over currency regulations and rates.
(5) There is little traffic in the capital, Caracas, because so few people, either for lack of money or work, are going out. Buildings downtown, including government buildings, are empty.

Scene in a Venezuelan hospital

Scene in a Venezuelan hospital


(6) Public health crisis: People are dying in hospitals, from electric blackouts, broken medical machines (X-ray, dialysis, scanning, incubators), and chronic shortages of medicine (antibiotics, intravenous solutions), bandages, soap, gloves, beds, water (doctors preparing for surgery at the University of the Andes Hospital in Mérida clean their hands with bottles of seltzer water), and even food. Whatever supplies there are are stolen by hospital staff to sell on the black market. The government can no longer afford to buy imported medicine. Patients are asked to bring their own blankets, sheets, pillows and toilet paper. The result: the rate of death among babies under a month old increased more than a hundredfold in public hospitals run by the Health Ministry, from 0.02% in 2012 to to over 2% in 2015; the rate of death among new mothers in those hospitals increased by almost five times in the same period.(Source)
Venezuela’s socialist government blames the problems on an “economic war” being waged by elites who are hoarding supplies, as well as the U.S. government’s efforts to destabilize the country.
President Nicolás Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chávez, rejected the political opposition’s call for accepting international aid and described the move as a bid to undermine him and privatize the hospital system. Instead, Maduro insisted that “I doubt that anywhere in the world, except in Cuba, there exists a better health system than this one.”
But most economists agree that Venezuela is suffering from years of economic mismanagement, including over-dependence on oil and price controls that led many businesses to stop making products. Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, yet when oil prices were high, the government saved little money for hard times. Now, oil prices have collapsed — they are around a third what they were in 2014.
sean_penn_hugo_chavez_not_a_dictato
Meanwhile, Sean Penn, buddy of the late Hugo Chavez, is still no where to be seen in Venezuela. He’s in France, screening his new movie, The Last Face, at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie, directed by Penn, has been booed by audiences and savaged by critics.
See also:

~Eowyn

Please follow and like us:
error0
 

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Joanne Rosemarie
Guest
Joanne Rosemarie

Very sad and sorry state of affairs. I feel sad for those who are trying their best to earn a decent living and cope with it all. It must be awful to see your society crumbling into degeneracy.

truckjunkie
Guest
truckjunkie

It IS awful-WE’RE experiencing it,albeit at the beginning stages.Unless we can make some substantial changes in our Society,our Government,and our People’s values,we can expect to live this ourselves

hvgarvey@comcast.net
Guest
hvgarvey@comcast.net

And so it all begins.

josephbc69
Guest

Yes, I clicked the ‘Like’ button above, but that’s for Eo’s usual excellent coverage, NOT because I like seeing a nation suffer needlessly under incompetence. As I wrote thirty-plus years ago, “Incompetence follows corruption, as surely as sunrise and sunset,” and the situation’s not changed. I’m sure top-rank officials arranged that hundreds of millions –if not billions!– of US$ are out of this sad country & await the depositor’s flight from their self-inflicted incompetence. Now Venezuela must do as Cuba had to after it collapsed: its people –NOT its government!– turned to organic farming, materials substitution, and a frugal life… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Guest
Auntie Lulu

Joseph . . . I always love to read your responses, because you are always on the money! This is the saddest of all situations, yet it is brought upon these people by Socialist views (fleecing the peasants, and enriching the top 1%) all in the name of “sharing everything.” I hope and pray that something may happen to hasten the righting of this nation. After all, they have natural resources . . . what they don’t have is selfless men and women who would make decisions that would enrich the lives of the common man. This is indeed a… Read more »

josephbc69
Guest

Thank you, Auntie Lulu, but I feel your comments are more balanced than mine: 53 years self-employ- ment’s made me a hard-headed, praagmatic, crusty dude!

xenonman
Guest
xenonman

Unfortunately, I don’t think that Maduro is as charismatic (or as ruthless) as the Castros to be able to pull it off.
Also, thanks to Fidel, Cuba (unlike Venezuela) had no domestic political or institutional opposition at the time of its economic implosion.

truckjunkie
Guest
truckjunkie

From what I’ve heard,the problem is that anything of value the People create,the “Government” takes away.

Dave
Editor
Dave

It’s a sad state of affairs – especially when you consider they are literally floating on a sea of oil.
I realize oil prices are low right now, but that won’t be the case forever.
The trick is going to be getting the corrupt goobers out of the government – and there is only one way that will happen.

harpertwo
Guest

More proof that Communism works, go Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders this is sure to help your campaign (Sarcasm) With rock solid proof over and over,and over, again and again and again that Communism cannot work, it would seem this type of vile government wouldn’t be possible to raise it’s ugly head in a country like America where so many came to get away from such an evil system but nope Sanders and the whole Democrat party is proof that there are a great number of fools who will someday turn America into another Hell-Hole.

Auntie Lulu
Guest
Auntie Lulu

harpertwo . . . The thing that is so disconcerting is that our young people are taught in school that socialism is glorious, and an ideal to be sought after. They are never taught the perils and the eventual outcome of such thinking. I certainly agree–the Democrat party, and to some degree the Republicans have been complicit in fostering socialistic ideals . . . much to the peril of upcoming generations of Americans (and Canadians.)

truckjunkie
Guest
truckjunkie

That’s so true-in the America I grew up in,a Socialist wouldn’t have been ABLE to run for any political office. There were some who spoke of their intention to run for various offices,but how many ever were on the ballot?

harpertwo
Guest

Hello Auntie Lulu, as far back as 1935 repeat 1935 then president of the American Communist party was calling for the government to nationalize our public schools, why, no doubt so they could feed our youth Communist propaganda on a national and a uniform level, imagine their celebration when Marxist Democrat [no other kind today] Jimmy Carter created the Department of so-called Education. The deplorable condition our schools as whole are in isn’t an accident but a well planed strategy. Shortly after WW2 a group of German Marxist came to America for the purpose to destroy America from within, their… Read more »

DCG
Admin

The democrats believe that they can make socialism work. It just hasn’t been done correctly yet. And they are the smartest ones to implement it. Fools, all of ’em.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

Guy asks a Democrat to explain…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMqNL7sIhGs

truckjunkie
Guest
truckjunkie

…and isn’t THAT the classic description of INSANITY?

xenonman
Guest
xenonman

Venezuela has had more than a half-century to diversify its economy.
Today we are witnessing the results of this inexcusable incompetence.

Steven Broiles
Member

This is all a beta-test, ultimately controlled by central banks and oligarchs from the top, of how to implode a country. DO YOU LEFTISTS SEE THE GENOCIDE NOW??? Probably not…

stevor
Guest

will the UN rush in “save” them? (this is what o’bama wants for the USA so it will be “fundamentally changed” as is his goal so the UN can “save” us!)

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

To be like the “rest of the world”…comment image

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

Seriously, the Left wants that… Leftists burn Make America Great Again hat protesting Trump (can’t make this up):comment image

Ross Blankert
Guest
Ross Blankert

The young have decided communism is what they want even though they have no idea what that means. Burning stuff and destroying things does not make you right. It makes you an idiot.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

Too soon old, too late wise…comment image

MomOfIV
Guest
MomOfIV

“Venezuela’s socialist government blames the problems on an “economic war” being waged by elites who are hoarding supplies, as well as the U.S. government’s efforts to destabilize the country.”
I knew obama was involved…
even with all the govt-created disasters going on in that country, the people are still looking to govt to save them…amazing!

weezy
Guest
weezy

Just think, Bernie admits openly he is a SOCIALIST democrat. He knows, as well as everyone else, that democrats are way to lazy to check things out for themselves, thus they believe the lie. Democrats paint pictures of their terms in office with surgery frosting and they can’t wait to eat it up. Their eyes and ears are closed and mouth wide open for all those freebies.

Ross Blankert
Guest
Ross Blankert

Government is not the solution to problems. Government is the problem. If the government would get out of the way and let business operate again, let the people work and make a profit, let the oil companies operate and make a profit, let the doctors and hospitals do their job people could breathe and enjoy a little freedom. If government controls everything, everything will be screwed up. Millions die when communists and or socialists run the country. It will happen in the USA under martial law.

Glenn47
Guest
Glenn47

Might be time for the people to take their money back that the Chavez family left with. I am sure there is enough there to feed and water a lot of people.

josephbc69
Guest

Grand idea; and while we’re at it let’s do the same to all the companies & individuals who took 100s of billions out of the US & Canada and put them into off-shore banks. I’m thinking of the Clintons, all the auto makers, the shoe makers, big pharma & agri-business, the mega-banks & their insurance company buddies, and the many tens of billions held by the CIA in the same off-shore banks in the Carribean, Europe, Israel (the world center of the Rothschild’s banking system), and the SE Asian ones as well. Now THAT would be a truly great start!… Read more »

The Grey Enigma
Guest

Reblogged this on The Grey Enigma.

Governmental Deception
Guest

Reblogged this on Decoded-Information.

Doug Smith
Guest

As ole Ronnie Reagan said, “Gov is not the solution to the problem. Gov is the problem.” The Gov needs to be whittled down to what it was put in place to do. Provide SECURITY for the people. That doesn’t mean Dept of Ed, Dept of Energy, etc etc. It means provide a military. Let the States determine what and how they will deal with energy, transportation, education, etc. based on their needs, not the Fed Gov. Domestic commerce will take care of itself and the rest. Education will be decided at state and local level. It’s been that way… Read more »

JKNBT
Guest
JKNBT

This is what you get with socialism, folks…you share the wealth, until there is no wealth left to share… There are tenured professors at major universities that teach that socialism is the coming, modern, cool, progressive new agenda that will fix the economies of the world and create social justice. These dreamers refuse to deal with the grim reality of the failed socialist states out there starting with Russia in 1917 to the miserable failures of the modern EU socialist states…..but they are sure they can do better, if someone will just let them try! These soft-headed dreamers should be… Read more »

Dave
Editor
Dave

Communism sucks.

josephbc69
Guest

You put it mildly, Dave, mildly indeed….

DCG
Admin

Check this out: It costs $150 to buy a dozen eggs in Venezuela.
https://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-venezuela-inflation-0531-snap-htmlstory.html

MomOfIV
Guest
MomOfIV

wow! simply, wow!

Lauren Plancard
Guest
Lauren Plancard

Leftists should be massacred in a world wide revolution, every last one of them, before we all end up like Venezuela. My twat will help, she can be lethal believe me honey.