Venezuela's version of "equality".


The food, water, medicine and power shortages Venezuelans face today are not the result of foreign or domestic conspiracies, as is the favorite blame tactic of the Venezuela's leader president Maduro, but the direct responsibility of his socialist government disastrous leadership and policies. On his watch, the country’s health care system has atrophied so severely that scores of Venezuelans are dying every week because of chronic shortages of medicine and ill-equipped hospitals.

Violence has soared as armed gangs loyal to the government roam the streets. During the first three months of this year, 4,696 people were murdered in Venezuela, according to the government, and in 2015 more than 17,700 were killed. The three-month death toll is higher than the 3,545 civilians killed last year in Afghanistan, a record number.

Shortages of food and basic goods are likely to worsen as Venezuela’s economy continues to contract this year. Political prisoners, meanwhile, have languished behind bars for years, victims of a corrupt and broken justice system. A nationwide water shortage is crippling Venezuela, leaving faucets dry and contributing to rolling blackouts. Here on Margarita Island, a tourist destination that is also home to 500,000 permanent residents, the government said it could only supply water once every 21 days after a reservoir on the mainland dried up.

Some people are protesting. Others are stealing water from swimming pools, public buildings, and even tanker trucks. Add to all that chronic power shortages that have caused people in Venezuela to have electricity for only about 4 hours a day, and sometimes no electricity at all for many days. Indeed, it seems that the Venezuela's socialist revolution is a success, seeing how the most Venezuelan's today are now equal, in their misery. Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/opinion/venezuelas-downward-spiral.html?_r=0 http://www.wsj.com/articles/water-shortage-cripples-venezuela-1459717127

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