V. Saxena reports that for those liberals who still need some convincing that socialism is a proven failure, we have compiled a list of facts that prove without a shred of doubt that the socialist nation of Venezuela is a veritable hellhole.
Money Means NOTHING
Money in Venezuela means absolutely nothing courtesy the constant devaluation of its currency. To see what I mean, take a look at the following chart, which compares the value of the Bolivar to the U.S. dollar:
Venezuela Can’t Afford To Print Its Own Money
Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Venezuela had begun literally outsourcing its currency production to other nations:
Millions of pounds of provisions, stuffed into three-dozen 747 cargo planes, arrived here from countries around the world in recent months to service Venezuela’s crippled economy.
But instead of food and medicine, the planes carried another resource that often runs scarce here: bills of Venezuela’s currency, the bolivar.
I’m sorry, but that’s pathetic!
Grocery Stores Are Completely EMPTY
Eating in Venezuela requires possessing the scavenger skills needed to root out any and all forms of food, including cats and dogs.
In a piece published last year, NPR added that the Venezuelan government operates its own supermarkets that it uses to sell price-controlled food. However, “people are allowed in state-run supermarkets just two days per week.”
“The system is designed to prevent shoppers from buying more than they need and then reselling goods on the black market at a huge markup.”
Quality Water Is Scarce
Want some water in Venezuela? Well, I hope you don’t mind if the the water is extremely yellow and brimming with dirt, because that’s how bad the water tends to be there.
“The water is coming out very yellow, very bad quality,” Ana Carvajal, an infectious disease specialist, said during an interview with Bloomberg earlier this year.
“We’re seeing an uptick in different illnesses, especially diarrhea. The lack of clean water is causing skin problems like scabies and folliculitis. There’s no medicine. All we can do is prescribe sulfur soap.”
— Liberty Latina (@libertylatina) April 19, 2016
Yeah, sorry, but clean water is just for the likes of Nicolás Maduro and other such elitists.
You Must BEG For Toilet Paper
Taking care of your restroom needs in Venezuela oftentimes involves standing in enormous lines, waiting to beg the government to spare a square:
Last August, Fusion reported that shortages had become so severe that hotels had begun “asking asking guests to bring their own toilet paper and soap.”
But these facts are just the tip of the iceberg. In Venezuela, electricity is rationed, milk is sold on the black market, and healthcare is extremely difficult to obtain.
Ain’t socialism peachy?