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  1. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, about 1 year ago

    I guess they have RWNJ’s up in Canada too.
    …………………………………………………………
    RIP señor Chavez. Viva Venezuela. Vive las personas
    pobres de Venezuela.

  2. wolfhoundblues1

    wolfhoundblues1 said, about 1 year ago

    He was a thief. He enabled others to steal property from farmers. They are too stupid and/ or lazy to do any effective farming. Therefore the people of Venezuela are going to starve.

  3. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    One of a kind? Not likely. Socialist systems produce this kind of dictator as a matter of course. Another will take his place who may be worse then him.

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    @Clark Kent

    Ah yes, Clark. Chavez did a lot for Venezuela. He gave them:
    ► 23% average per year inflation rate. (30% currently)
    ► Drop in foreign investestment (fell from 2.9% GDP to 1.7%)
    ► Tripled the country’s debt
    ► Stock capitalization that went from 7.6% GDP to 1.6%
    ► A drop in GDP growth from around 18% in 2004 to around 3% in 2011.
    ► A 2/3 drop in the value of its currency.
    ► Capital flight to other countries.
    ► Price caps which have resulted in
    • Electrical brown outs and black outs
    • Food shortages
    • Housing shortages
    • shortages of other basic necessities.
    ► A drop in oil production from 3.2 million barrels a day to 2.5 million.
    ► A murder rate of 45.1 per 100,000 with 96% going unpunished.
    ► A significant drop in the labor participation rate.
    ► Expropriated farm land and gave it to people who don’t know how to farm.

    There is more, but I think this list is long enough to make a point. Venezuela has become another example of the non-functionality of socialism.

  5. eepatt

    eepatt said, about 1 year ago

    @Rx71Wm29

    Dictator? He was elected in relatively free elections more than once.

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    Chavez also lowered the number of poor by 30% in just a few years. Unprecedented. He was no dictator by he did have some authoritarian actions which I did not agree with.

  7. Joe

    Joe said, about 1 year ago

    @Rx71Wm29

    You got it backwards – this kind of dictator produces “socialist” systems. BIG difference. A truly socialist system would produce NO dictators. Fascists call themselves socialists..it’s a great cover.
    This guy was a sleazy little megalomaniac. Read the New Yorker on Venezuela.

  8. Joe

    Joe said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    He loved Castro more.

  9. feverjr

    feverjr said, about 1 year ago

    So how has Venezuela changed? You can go to the link to see the graphic chart from the “Guardian”.….
    “• Unemployment has dropped from 14.5% of the total labour force in 1999 to 7.6% in 2009
    • Population has increased from 23,867,000 in 1999 to 29,278,000 in 2011. The annual population growth was 1.5% in 2011 compared with 1.9% in 1999
    GDP per capita has risen from $4,105 to $10,801 in 2011
    • As you can see in the graphic chart, Venezuela’s inflation has fluctuated since 1999. Inflation now stands at 31.6% compared with 23.6% in 1999
    • Venezuela has a complicated history concerning currency exchange rates. Compared with 1999 when the exchange rate was under one bolivar to the US dollar, the latest figures from Reuters place it at 4.3 Bolivars to one dollar
    • Poverty has decreased – in 1999, 23.4% of the population were recorded as being in extreme poverty, this fell to 8.5% in 2011 according to official government figures
    • Infant mortality is now lower than in 1999 – from a rate of 20 per 1,000 live births then to a rate of 13 per 1,000 live births in 2011
    • Violence has been a key concern in Venezuela for some time – figures from the UNODC state that the murder rate has risen since 1999. In 2011 the intentional homicide rate per 100,000 population was 45.1 compared with 25.0 just twelve years earlier
    • Oil exports have boomed – Venezuela has one of the top proven oil reserves in the world and in 2011 Opec put the country’s net oil export revenues at $60bn. In 1999 it stood at $14.4bn”
    …………..
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/oct/04/venezuela-hugo-chavez-election-data

  10. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 1 year ago

    @eepatt

    If you call control of the press and prosecutions of his apponents free oh yeah you right.

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    There is one more I think needs to be said Venezuela is currently exporting two barrels of oil for every two refined barrels they import.

    That being said thank you for spanking Clark Kent all.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @ansonia

    By silence you mean when their renewal came up for licensing he nixed it. Why? Because they supported the coup. Now imagine that here. Would they have had a chance to still be on the air for years? No.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    Curious since Chavez didn’t control the press, didn’t imprison his opponents either. He wasn’t a “dictator” in the ordinary sense, but the Right Wing press here (90%) see it that way and report on it often even when they have no reason too—-which is often.

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