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Thanks, Socialism. Venezuelan Grocery Costs to Rise OVER 2000%!
We've been keeping tabs on the crisis in Venezuela (see Socialism: Venezuela Opens Border with Colombia. So Venezuelans Can Finally Eat… vs Thanks Socialism: Dying Venezuelans Raid Stores for Food…), mainly as a cautionary tale for the people who would want to bring socialism here.
You know, the typical Whole Foods shopping, $16 a cup of coffee buying, still not ready to talk about Bernie Sanders, leftists. Those twits. So to break this down in a language they can easily understand...
What does socialism look like? This is what socialism looks like...
Imagine devoting your entire month's paycheck just to get a few eggs and a couple of bags of pasta. This is the unfortunate reality for many of Venezuela's 30 million residents, Vox recently reported. The country is currently in the midst of a massive political and economic collapse that has left the population hungry and in dire need of food.
A political and economic collapse, caused by a repressive government and socialistic policies. Before you say "But Bernie Sanders' Democratic socialism doesn't look like Venezuelan socialism," please stop. Get out of your Eames chair. Find a mirror. Slap yourself. Because no, this is exactly how socialism works.
Venezuela's inflation rates are currently the highest in the world, Vox wrote, and some economic analysts expect the inflation rate to hit 2,200% by the end of 2017. As a result, the bolívar, Venezuela's currency, has been significantly devalued, making it more difficult and more expensive for the government and retail stores to purchase food to stock shelves. This has led to steep price tags and lack of access to basic needs.
No thank you. I'll keep my freedom and affordable groceries. Even if it means I have to keep working to pay for those things. But hey, the Venezuelans also have the illegal option of buying basic food on the black market. Nice eh?
Because those government-run stores? Turns out they limit how much food you're allowed to purchase. And you're only allowed to shop there on certain days. Because equality.
Now, to you numbskulls who think "socialism is, like, totally about fairness and equality," I give you human nature. Venezuela is socialism. Human beings are human beings regardless of race, nationality, religion, or culture. Our drives are the same. Take comfort in that, you alleged lovers of equality.
Which means socialism in Venezuela is the same kind of socialism we can expect in the United States. And no, it doesn't matter under whom. One of the left's favorite talking points is "socialism hasn't worked because the right people haven't led the movement."
Socialism hasn't worked because it doesn't matter who leads it. Human beings are human beings. Power-hungry, control-freak turdmongrels will always seek power and the ability to dictate how the serfs should live while lining their own pockets. Yes, we're looking at you Bernie Sanders. How's the new lake-front pad treating you? People with a drive to succeed will always have a drive to succeed. Until you remove their incentive to do so, if everyone is paid equally regardless of merit.
Want to know why socialism, regardless of whatever political adjective you slap on the front of it, is still a terrible idea? Watch this video below.