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Sat May 19, 2018, 02:51 PM

As despair continues to engulf Venezuela, voters go to the polls

Source: LA Times

Mariana Leal won't be voting in Sunday's presidential election because she believes the fix is in for President Nicolas Maduro to win reelection. Besides, the physical therapist from Caracas has something better to do: pack for her imminent departure from Venezuela.

"These elections don't mean anything," said Leal, 29, as she prepared to sell her last possessions in her east Caracas apartment before leaving for Colombia. "There won't be any real change. To the contrary, the deterioration of the country will accelerate."

Leal's intention to skip voting and determination to leave her native country are typical of the sentiments of many Venezuelans ahead of Sunday's election in which Maduro is expected to win his race against former Lara state Gov. Henri Falcon and evangelist preacher Javier Bertucci.

Disgust with Maduro among Venezuelans is running high due to the lack of food, medical care, galloping annual inflation of 14,000%, and a poverty rate that now encompasses 80% of the population. Reports of widespread hunger and massive unemployment are common.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-venezuela-election-20180519-story.html

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Reply As despair continues to engulf Venezuela, voters go to the polls (Original post)
Zorro May 2018 OP
quartz007 May 2018 #1
Mike Rows His Boat May 2018 #2
quartz007 May 2018 #5
Scurrilous May 2018 #3
Igel May 2018 #6
Archae May 2018 #4
Name removed May 2018 #9
7962 May 2018 #10
Archae May 2018 #16
7962 May 2018 #17
JI7 May 2018 #7
Scarsdale May 2018 #8
7962 May 2018 #11
hack89 May 2018 #15
MichMan May 2018 #12
Zorro May 2018 #13
roamer65 May 2018 #14
7962 May 2018 #18
christx30 May 2018 #19
Archae May 2018 #20

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2018, 02:59 PM

1. Experiment gone bad..in Venezuela

 

It used to be a rich country once.

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Response to quartz007 (Reply #1)

Sat May 19, 2018, 04:31 PM

2. With a vast majority poor.

 

You call that a rich country?
Morally bankrupt then, and, apparently, morally bankrupt now.

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Response to Mike Rows His Boat (Reply #2)

Sat May 19, 2018, 08:53 PM

5. Back in 1961, when I was a foreign student at U of Iowa

 

one of my good friends was a grad student from Venezuela named Alberto. I learned many things about Venezuela first hand from him. I got the impression Venezuela had a thriving middle class then.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2018, 06:09 PM

3. That's one revolution that went south in a hurry.

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Response to Scurrilous (Reply #3)

Sat May 19, 2018, 09:38 PM

6. Most do.

Even the Soviet experiment was a disaster until the NEP. Stalin built a lot of the country on the bodies of workers, some nominally free and some in GULags.

It's harder to have this kind of revolution now, though. Borders are leakier for information flow than ever before, and when you have starvation it's hard to mask it and dupe the outside world and inside party base. What's left is telling them not to care--which was also the Soviet party line, "those people have more than you, they don't really count as real people, they don't feel pain like you do."

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2018, 06:19 PM

4. There still are a few here...

Who blame the CIA.

"Maduro can do no wrong!"

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Response to Name removed (Reply #9)

Sun May 20, 2018, 08:51 AM

10. Oh yes, even before Chavez died we had the "CIA is responsible for -X-" crowd.

 

theyre still here; you'll see them post from time to time. Just search any VZ OP and you'll see them

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Response to 7962 (Reply #10)

Sun May 20, 2018, 11:24 PM

16. Just today a Maduro fan club member spoke up...

In the LBN forum, in an article about the corrupt dictator Maduro "winning" that country's "election."

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Response to Archae (Reply #16)

Mon May 21, 2018, 06:37 AM

17. Unbelievable that this still occurs here, on an educated forum.

 

I guess there really ARE some here who are totally lost to the far left cause of failure.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2018, 09:58 PM

7. Fuck maduro

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 06:44 AM

8. Could this be

a vision of the future of the US under tRump and the gop? The Russians have managed to disrupt more than enough of the country's checks and balances in just over one year. Ryan is busy dismantling Social Security and Medicare before he retires to a comfortable retirement on the money he has amassed during his time "representing" the people. These politicians represent nobody but themselves, especially the gop, the party of "family values". For a mediocre politician, he has done very well selling himself to the rich donors.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #8)

Sun May 20, 2018, 08:56 AM

11. No.

 

Our system does not allow for Maduro type bullshit. I remember when W was president we had people saying he would find a way to "cancel the elections" in 08. And I heard the same BS from the RW when Obama was president.
Seems like ever since 9/11 happened theres a conspiracy for EVERY subject you can think of.

Trump will be out in '20, if not before.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #8)

Sun May 20, 2018, 06:46 PM

15. No

We don't give the government absolute control over the economy.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 09:26 AM

12. Don't see much here from the Hugo Chavez fan club these days.............

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Response to MichMan (Reply #12)

Sun May 20, 2018, 10:40 AM

13. Most have migrated over to the JPR treehouse

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 06:34 PM

14. I'll quote JFK.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #14)

Mon May 21, 2018, 06:39 AM

18. I just wonder "how long?" When will they finally take to the streets & free their country?

 

Is it when they KNOW the military wont shoot them?

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Response to 7962 (Reply #18)

Mon May 21, 2018, 08:20 AM

19. See Syria. N/t

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Response to 7962 (Reply #18)

Mon May 21, 2018, 10:39 AM

20. I predict it'll go to a far-right dictatorship.

I know I could be dead wrong, and I hope I am.

But I've seen it before in Central and South America.

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