In the other Western hemisphere state of the union speech, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, while acknowledging that his government had no money, nevertheless promised to provide more “free” services for everyone. Free school stipends, free housing. No cutbacks to social welfare. How would the bankrupt state pay for it? He said , that while “oil will never cost $100 again but God will provide. Venezuela will never do without.”
“God will provide.” Which only goes to show that Marxists aren’t really what people evolve into after they lose their religion. On the contrary religion is what Marxists get after they lose their shirt. But never mind the shirt. There’s a bright future ahead for everyone – and all of it paid for with other people’s money. Free! free! free!
The president turned his annual report into an electoral campaign pitch. During his almost three-hour speech, he attacked his adversaries and claimed to be the victim of a plot that seeks to topple his government and take advantage of dejected … voters during this election year. …
Starting February 1, the government will increase the minimum wage and pensions by 15 percent. It also plans to more than double the meager scholarships university students receive. … also promised to build 400,000 public housing units. The measures fall under the government’s social investment program.
Lest one think this all Third World nonsense, note the Europeans have also entered the Age of Miracles. In Greece, the Far Left anti-austerity party Syriza has swept the field on the promise of more government spending. Like Venezuela, Greece is also bust; completely out of “other people’s money”, but its new politicians don’t have to go as far as God to procure more Loaves and Fishes, for they descry distant herds of “other people” placidly grazing in the meadows of Germany and the UK, waiting only for EU bureaucrats to skip over to tax them.
The Age of Miracles is not past. Miracles — or radical solutions as they are called in politics — are now the only game in town. Breitbart describes the comprehensive annihilation of the Greek political center, the wholesale dismissal of anyone who dares think there is no free lunch, in favor of groups promising a worker’s paradise or world domination.