Maduro denies outsiders' attempts at altruism

Posted by  $  jbrenner 5 months, 1 week ago to News
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Most of us know that there is debate about who is control in Venezuela. Maduro, the current dictator, is blocking the road in for humanitarian aid. Guaido, the "interim leader" (at least as recognized by most countries outside Venezuela) is seeking the altruism of outsiders.

The irony on both sides is fascinating.
SOURCE URL: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/08/692698637/humanitarian-aid-arrives-for-venezuela-but-maduro-blocks-it


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  • Posted by evlwhtguy 5 months ago
    This is exactly what happens in Animal Farm. I always thought that the book was a bit of a ridiculous parody....but time proves it to be entirely accurate. It is almost like a chemical reaction....mix fuel and oxidizer in the proper proportions, introduce a spark and you get an explosion. Mix Marxist socialism with a thriving economy with no restraints on the leadership group and you get starvation, misery a collapsed economy and dead people.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 5 months ago
    Fox News had an American socialist on, and when asked to point to any successful socialist country, he launched into the usual song and dance about how successful Cuba and Venezuela would be if the U.S. wasn't busy "oppressing" them.

    That's always the excuse, that the only reason socialism fails is because of evil capitalists' dastardly machinations. When I point to a very successful capitalist country that tried socialism and gave up on it, Sweden, socialists are stumped to explain it. They often try to point to China, but they have no answer when I point out that China didn't begin to succeed until they found a way to incorporate capitalism into their authoritarian rule.
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    • Posted by  $  5 months ago
      Regarding China, my university's former and current president went to Shenzhen and several other major Chinese cities about ten years ago and said that, in many ways, they were more capitalistic than the USA.
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      • Posted by DrZarkov99 5 months ago
        I have a friend who does business in China regularly, and he agrees that competition is tough over there, but in many industries regulations are much looser than they are here.
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      • Posted by term2 5 months ago
        ya think? I would actually prefer to deal with chinese vendors, as they are really into customer service and will bend over backwards to compete with each other to serve us customers. American companies have gotten lazy, as have american workers unfortunately.
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  • Posted by Abaco 5 months ago
    This moron is beating the war drum against America, as though we're a threat. It needs to be pointed out by the highest official in our land that all we need to do is sit idly by and watch this collectivist mess collapse. I'd even throw in that it's a free education for America's children. I'd thank Maduro for it. I'd even thank Russia for getting involved...
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    • Posted by  $  5 months ago
      How much would it cost (or save?) if we paid all expenses for all looters to have one-way tickets (without passports) down to Caracas?
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      • Posted by term2 5 months ago
        count me in for a go fund it page. start with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, AOC, O'Rourke, Kamala, and Spartacus.
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        • Posted by  $  5 months ago
          Don't forget former President Zero and Fauxcahontas.
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          • Posted by term2 5 months ago
            I have gut feelings about certain politicians. I say that in the quiet of the voting booth, when voters detect really nasty and evil inner natures in the politicians, they just vote the other way at the last minute. Hillary had an evil streak carefully covered over by a thin veneer of civility. Warren is just plain nasty, as is Harris and Spartacus. I dont think they will ever be president. Possibly vice president, but that may not happen either, since if the president dies we all could be stuck with one of them.
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  • Posted by  $  25n56il4 5 months ago
    A friend of mine whose son lives in Chile told me yesterday that Maduro sent troops into a neighborhood and machine gunned people! I am trying to fact check this.
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    • Posted by Abaco 5 months ago
      I've mentioned here before that I got to know two families who escaped Venezuela in the past decade. Their stories are very sobering. The second family to make the escape almost didn't make it - had to lie to their own family "Oh, we'll be back Monday..." and flee in the midnight hour.
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