Perhaps you should read poor Pants a bedtime story. Maybe "Chicken Little"?
On 02/08/2016 06:48 AM, awoelfleba...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:
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*Idiot Bernie Sanders Supporters Hope for Venezuela Style Food Lines
Socialism in Venezuela has led to massive shortages of food, toilet
paper, diapers and medicine
*Socialism:*Like a skyscraper crane about to topple in high winds,
Venezuela is teetering on the brink of a horrific economic collapse.
It was brought on by one thing: socialism, taken to the hilt. Yet
incredibly, neither Bernie Sanders nor his voters make this
connection. It's worrisome that so many Americans see socialism in a
favorable light these days. A May 2015 YouGov poll showed that
socialism was viewed favored favorably by 43% of Democrats, while a
June 2015 Gallup poll showed that 47% of Americans would vote for a
It points to a collective loss of memory. After all, it's been decades
since the fact that the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet empire
collapsed. As chess champion Garry Kasparov has noted in "Winter Is
Coming," there have been no truth commissions or victory parades to
institutionalize the monstrous idea's discreditation and demise. In
fact, the idea seems to be resurging in the U.S. Democratic Party,
even with examples of its failures continuing, the latest example
being Venezuela. That reality of socialism and its horrific results is
mocked by Sanders himself, who denies it has anything to do with his
own ideas. "I myself don’t use the word socialism,” he told a
University of Vermont student publication in 1976 “because people have
been brainwashed into thinking socialism automatically means
slave-labor camps, dictatorship and lack of freedom of speech.”
Brainwashed? The very word comes from socialist indoctrination
practices. Sanders' flip dismissal of those realities reminds us of a
quote from Nobel Prize winner and author of "The Gulag Archipelago"
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn: "Or do they refuse to see?"
Yes, Sanders and his followers refuse. Even the absence of slave-labor
camps, in say, socialist Venezuela, doesn't get Sanders off the hook.
Right now Venezuelans are at the logical conclusion of 18 years of
democratic socialism, the kind Sanders has praised in the past, and
even benefited from, as he accepted Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez's
oil largesse -- stolen from Venezuela's people -- for Vermont. Today
Venezuela, with the world's largest oil reserves is, believe it or
not,/importing/ oil. It's a perfect illustration of Nobel-winning
economist Milton Friedman's well known saying that if the Sahara took
up socialism, there would soon be a shortage of sand.
Socialism has also led to massive shortages of food, toilet paper,
diapers and medicine, among many other things, all the result of state
planning and currency controls and rampant inflation. After 18 years
of socialist spending, inflation has hit 720%, the IMF says. And don't
forget that Venezuela also has the world's highest crime rate, with
Caracas rated the world's most dangerous city by the Citizens' Council
for Public Security and Criminal Justice
Socialist Venezuela is on the verge of a massive Argentina-sized
sovereign debt default, with $10 billion in debt payments due this
year, and only $8 billion left to buy imports such as food, according
to an appalling analysis in the Financial Times by Ricardo Hausmann.
Meanwhile, Venezuela ranks No. 1 in the world on economist Steve
Hanke's Cato Institute "Misery Index" which is his measure of each
nations' combined inflation, unemployment and interest rates. Friday,
Reuters reported that Venezuela was were desperately trying to swap
out their gold reserves with German banks to survive a little longer.
No surprise, investment banks say they're looking at an 80% chance of
a default. Blogger Miguel Octavio of The Devil's Excrement reported
this week that the Caracas airport was full of weeping families
sending their young people into exile abroad.
That's the part of socialism Bernie Sanders doesn't want to talk
about. It's the same wherever it's tried. Voters fall for it over and
over, and all it brings is failure. Sanders is only continuing the
con. When is he going to be called on it?
Poor pants. Do you stay awake at night clutching your special blanket
and teddy bear, eyes staring into the darkness in fear as you resist
the temptation to suck your thumb as you ponder the future of your
great country under the leadership of that upstart Jewish socialist
Bernie Sanders? I am sorry for this, I wish I could comfort you and
make you feel better, more secure. But, alas, I can not. But, if it is
any solace, there is always Cruz or Trump to uphold the religious and
moral backbone of the country you call "home". And while you lie there
with that comforting thought, I will be staring wide-eyed with
trepidation on this side of the border.