Sunday, August 27, 2017

Howard Goodman: “Venezuela’s tailspin is a tragedy for millions, one at a time”.

Remember when a former Lake Worth commissioner celebrated
the Socialist Party takeover in Venezuela?

Well, anyhow, here’s the latest from Howard Goodman, a staff writer at The Palm Beach Post:

     For months we’ve seen reports of massive, daily street demonstrations answered by police violence. And now, a sham election meant to overthrow Venezuela’s teetering democratic institutions and cement [Nicolás] Maduro’s repressive reign.
     “During the last year,” Roberto [Leiro] wrote to me a few days ago, “the cost of living skyrocketed, medicines and food began to disappear, and we had to appeal to a black market with prohibitive prices for elemental things such as milk, flour, and even eggs.”

and. . .

     And so one more family has joined the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who, Roberto puts it, are “seeking a new life away from that hellhole.”
     Indeed, as the New York Times writes:
     “Today, Venezuela is a basket case. The estimated inflation rate for 2017 is 720 percent; 80 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty, suffering from malnutrition, illness and outright hunger, while corrupt politicians and their military allies shamelessly enrich themselves.”

Read more here:

Go Democracy! It’s good when
it works!

—Quote: Former City Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, at a City Commission meeting excited about the United Socialist Party takeover in Venezuela.

“A sepulchral chill of sadness and pain blew in when we learned the news of Fidel’s departure,” added Maduro, as Socialist Party officials, the Cuban ambassador, and supporters wiped
away tears, waved flags, and sang traditional Cuban songs including “Guantanamera.”

—Excerpt from Reuters. President Maduro is leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Then-commissioner and now Mr. McVoy
wearing his Venezuelan baseball cap.
For some, the United Socialist Party takeover of Venezuela was a reason for celebration in the
City of Lake Worth.

“Happy New Year! Some folks in the room may be aware. . . [a pause as McVoy dons Venezuelan baseball cap] that’s my Venezuelan cap! Today was a very significant part of democracy in the world. The major elections that happened in early December [2015] in Venezuela that drastically changed the course of what the country’s been doing for the last stretch. They were inaugurated in the national assembly today.
     I was able to watch some of that. And it went very peacefully despite some very strong differences of views and opinions and changing of the guard.
     So, ummm, Go Democracy! It's good when it works!"

“Go Democracy!”? Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

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