Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Real Venezuela

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Hugo Chavez came to America recently and called George W. Bush "the devil" among other things. He pledged low-cost heating oil to New Yorkers and the left was ecstatic that a communist leader would come to American soil and slam a president they hate.

Perhaps Chavez ought to take care of his own before ripping America:

Chavez recently proclaimed during a ceremony announcing a $16 million plan to rehabilitate 704 homes in a shantytown that extreme poverty has dropped from 21 to 10 percent. But critics say 50 percent of the county's 26 million inhabitants earn less than $2 a day.

Luis Pedro Espana, director of the Economic and Social Research Institute at the Andres Bello Catholic University, said poverty has remained constant since Chavez was elected president in 1998 - despite the country's oil wealth.

...Of the estimated 12,000 homicides every year, 90 percent of the victims are men between the ages of 15 and 35.

Manuel's never even been to school. His mother, Thaivis Castro, 32, thought the Chavez government would make room for her son, but they only offered him night school.

"Are you crazy? I'm not going to let my son go out at night so that he gets killed," she said.

How can a country have vast amounts of oil and the revenue that goes with it and still have massive poverty? Simple, you add extreme socialist policies with a greedy dicator and you have the situation that Venezuela currently finds itself in.

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