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Thinking About the Bern? Check Out Venezuela, and Then Think Again

(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

For those young, naive and stupid enough to fall for the free-lunch siren song of socialism, and thus tempted to expend a vote on a man who is an enemy of the state and, essentially, the agent for an alien ideology, check out this piece — from the New York Times, no less! — on the current dire straits of socialist Venezuela:

In the capital, water is so expensive and scarce that residents wait for hours with bottles at the side of a mountain where it trickles out onto the highway. In the countryside, sugar cane fields rot, and milk factories stand idle, even as people carry bags of money around to buy food on the black market in every city and town.

And here in this port that once fed a nation, everything looks bare. Where a dozen ships once waited to enter, only four could be seen from a hilltop fort built long ago to guard against raids from the sea. No one would pillage Puerto Cabello today. There is nothing to take anymore.

And it is all about to get much worse.

Inflation is expected to hit 720 percent this year, the highest in the world, making Venezuela reminiscent of Zimbabwe at the start of its collapse. The price of oil, this country’s lifeblood, has collapsed to lows not seen in more than a decade.

This is the Venezuela — once, one of the richest countries in Latin America — bequeathed by Hugo Chavez to his people.

But wait, there’s more:

Down the hillside in Puerto Cabello, a line formed in front of a grocery store, with hundreds of people looking for food. Many had arrived at 5:30 a.m., when rumor had it that a delivery truck had reached the store. At a quarter past 10, a policeman with a pistol monitored the door, letting in a dozen at a time.

The day before, there were beans, flour and milk for sale.

This morning, there was only cooking oil.

Ecio Corredor, who stood in line, said he lost his job in November. Ironically, he said, he used to drive the goods from the docks to the supermarkets.

“There are no more shipments now,” he said. He mumbled to Carlos Perozo, another driver, who said he had been out of work for a year because of a dead car battery. He could not find another, and could not afford one if he did.

“Be careful,” Mr. Perozo said. “Someone will come for yours.”

Palm trees lined an oil refinery. “We Are All Chávez,” was painted on the side of the facility.

The Times has done America a great service here, so please read the whole thing and make your voting-age children read it as well. For this is the future the National Socialist American Workers Party — aka, the Democrats — wants for you, too. Vote accordingly.