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Contrasting Elections: Venezuela and the US


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: )

Robert
- 703 days ago - truth-out.org
For decades Venezuela had been dominated by a two party system to provide an illusion of choice, though each party's policies were guided by the interests of a tiny few oligarchs who sucked up the wealth created by labor for themselves....



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Robert S. (115)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 3:21 pm
Such a set-up cannot be maintained forever...

 

Yvonne White (232)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 4:26 pm
I Love Hugo Chavez!:) We need one like him in the U.S.A.!:)
"...In Venezuela, under Chavez, the privatization of its oil industry has been reversed and when some large private companies have been found to be unable or unwilling to fulfill social needs, the government has taken them over for the benefit of the people. In contrast, when Wall Streetís greed plunged the U.S. into an economic crisis, it was showered with trillions of taxpayer dollars in the form of bailouts and loans while workers were left to suffer the consequences.

According to studies by the U.N.ís Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Venezuela ranks first in a list of 12 Latin American countries that have reduced inequalities amongst their members.

In contrast, in the U.S., according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), between the years 2003 Ė 2005, $400 billion in pre-tax dollars was shifted from the bottom 95 percent to the top 5 percent, costing the bottom 95 percent households $3,660 each. While there was a drop in inequality for a short time after the stock market crash as a result of depleted stock portfolios, it has again accelerated. Since 2010, the top 1% has captured 93 percent of income gains.

When Chavez was first elected president, unemployment was 16.1 percent. Today it has been reduced to 6.5 percent (1) with one of the highest minimum wages in Latin America and food stipends. In contrast, in the U.S., 23 million remain unemployed or underemployed while the minimum wage has dramatically fallen behind the cost of living."

 

Robert S. (115)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 4:51 pm
Yup. Those stats are eye openers. Using the nations wealth for the nations people. What a concept.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Monday October 15, 2012, 8:43 am
Who trusts the UN???

 

Nancy L. (139)
Monday October 15, 2012, 8:44 am
If you love Chavez move to Venezuela
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday October 15, 2012, 9:30 am
Gosh Nan, I've never heard that idiocy before.
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday October 15, 2012, 9:47 am
Some think waving the flag will solve everything, as if only blindly greedy, willfully ignorant, warmongering bigoted so called Christians, who ignore Christs teachings can love America.
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday October 15, 2012, 10:01 am
Just like when Romney was way behind in the polls, Repukes claimed the polls were rigged. When the employment numbers improved, those numbers were rigged by the govt agency.

Nan's reaction to the UN. Typical.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:25 am
First of all you need voter ID in America. Secondly if you need poll watchers ask us Canucks to do it because for everything we get wrong here we run pretty good elections for the most part. How about you babysit ours and we babysit yours?

Your election laws could use a lot of revamping as well. Candidates should be able to go after ANYONE who lies about them no matter what side of the fence they are on. It is criminal the amount that is spent there as well. While I want my Senate to become an elected body like yours did (really not that long ago in the thinking process - like here they all used to be appointed) ..... your congress was meant to be your most important body of elected officials. No way the senate should have the ability to over ride your congress no matter who controls what. Reid has been holding things up too long so that brings us to ....

Term limits ..... McCain, Reid, Pelosi, Bohener --- just to name a few have been there too damn long and while you are it outlaw the black caucus. If they want to have a private club based on race make them take it outside of the arena where it belongs.

The American people have been divided by your politicians for long enough. Time to take that arena back and throw some commong sense at it. By golly just like the Tea Party has been demanding.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:25 am
Robert, quit with the name calling already.
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:57 am
Screw the TeaParty
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 9:50 am
Cam. Canada is being invaded by the wealthy, world fascists as we speak. The SUN news(?) will assist. Say good bye to the good ol days, like we have. You are so clueless.

I hope Obama can be our Chavez. It's past time to overthrow the wealthy fascists.
 
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