CUMANÁ, Venezuela — With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.
Venezuela is convulsing from hunger.
Yet nothing is being said in the United States about this. No food drives. No emergency action by the Obama administration. Not even a UN agency being created to steal funds and misdirect them. Is it because the example of a socialist country starving to death directly because of it’s socialism and socialist policies …must be ignored?
Sugar fields in the country’s agricultural center lie fallow for lack of fertilizers. Unused machinery rots in shuttered state-owned factories. Staples like corn and rice, once exported, now must be imported and arrive in amounts that do not meet the need.
In response, Mr. Maduro has tightened his grip over the food supply. Using emergency decrees he signed this year, the president put most food distribution in the hands of a group of citizen brigades loyal to leftists, a measure critics say is reminiscent of food rationing in Cuba.
“They’re saying, in other words, you get food if you’re my friend, if you’re my sympathizer,” said Roberto Briceño-León, the director of the Venezuelan Violence Observatory, a human rights group.
Venezuela’s “Great Leap Forward”. Another example (if we needed another example) of the end result of taking away the means of production from those who have them and enforcing the “equalization of result” on a society.
Lets ship “Bernie 2016” lawn signs to Venezuela, that will help.