Today, I have great news for my far left buddies, those who believe any political beliefs at odds with Karl Marx constitutes right-wing extremism. You know who you are.
Socialists, I have found just the country for you. Behold the utopia called Venezuela, where they know how to treat "bourgeois parasites" (these so-called parasites are known as "retail stores" to the non-brainwashed):
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro intensified his perceived fight Monday against "bourgeois parasites" he accuses of an economic war against the socialist country by threatening to force more stores to sell their merchandise at cut-rate prices.
National guardsmen, some of whom had assault rifles, were positioned around outlets of an electronics chain that Maduro has ordered to lower prices or face prosecution. Thousands of people lined up at the Daka stores hoping for a bargain after the government forced the companies to charge "fair" prices.
"I want a Sony plasma television for the house," said Amanda Lisboa, 34, a business administrator who waited seven hours outside a Caracas Daka store, similar to Best Buy. "It's going to be so cheap!"
Five managers of electronic retailers including Daka are being threatened with prosecution for unjustifiable price hikes, the Venezuela government said. More stores may be at risk, as well. Government inspectors were dispatched to check prices at an array of other businesses.
"This is for the good of the nation," Maduro said, referring to the military's occupation of Daka. "Leave nothing on the shelves, nothing in the warehouses … Let nothing remain in stock!"
Maduro said his seizures are the "tip of the iceberg" and that other stores would be next if they did not comply with his orders. Maduro is expected to win decree powers in Congress in the coming days that he says will be used to take over more businesses.
One might ask why these evil stores, I mean, parasites, jacked up their prices in the first place.
The assault against business comes amid a severe shortage of basic goods and extreme inflation, which is currently at an annual rate of 54.3%. Both are tied to policies of the government, which is boosting public spending and printing money in record amounts to pay for it.
Venezuela's central bank said the country's money supply grew 70% in the past year. As a result, the value of the Venezuela bolivar continues to drop at a time when the country must import increasing amounts of basics like food and even toilet paper due to failed state schemes for running the economy.
Did you catch that ? The stores have been forced to raise prices because IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT POLICIES HAVE DESTROYED THE VALUE OF VENEZUELA'S MONEY. What this actually means is, the stores haven't really raised prices. It merely means the bolivar is worth a lot less than it was before, and stores have adjusted prices accordingly. Because the lunatic socialist Venezuelan government would NEVER admit that IT was the cause of the nation's economic misery, it seeks to shift the blame elsewhere, to those so-called "bourgeois parasites", whose only sin is that they don't want to give their merchandise away. So the socialist government responds by threatening to take over businesses, which is the left-wing way in Venezuela. Former nutball Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, did much the same as he ruined his country:
Former president Hugo Chávez often theatrically expropriated or seized assets from more than 1,000 companies during his 14-year tenure. This, among other difficulties for foreign firms, led to a severe drop in foreign investment in the country that has hobbled its ability to produce oil despite having the world's largest estimated oil reserves.
Some Venezuelans can see the government's actions for what they are:
"This is more like government-sanctioned looting," said Caracas-based engineer Carlos Rivero, 42.
Bingo. It's time to repeat a quote attributed to former British PM Margaret Thatcher - "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money". In the end, socialism depends on stealing other people's money, but in order to get away with that (without being unmasked as the criminals they are), the socialists must first demonize those people from whom they wish to steal, by referring to them as "bourgeois parasites", "the 1%", "haters of the poor", etc.
All I can say is, I'm sure glad I don't live in a left-wing country where the government spends far beyond it's means, prints money like water, goes deeper into debt by leaps and bounds, devalues the dollar, seeks to take an ever greater amount of money away from the private sector, and seeks to takeover entire private sector industries (like healthcare)...oh, wait. I do know what that's like. That country's leader is named Obama.
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