They are most rudely awakened every time they go to a store. Any store.
Everything is in short supply, save for socialist rhetoric. This is what Cubanization brings: a collapse of the economy, and the strangulation of trade with the rest of the world.
If anyone wants or needs proof that the so-called U.S. “embargo” is not in the least responsible for causing the economic ruin of Castrogonia, they need only glance at what is happening in Venenozuela right now. With no embargo to blame, authorities in Caracastan are doing a great job of ruining their country at breakneck speed. Give Venezuela another ten years, and its buildings will start to look like those in Castrogonia.
Of course, the Chavistas blame the merchants and “capitalists” for orchestrating shortages and for causing inflation. Pretty soon, if they follow the Castronoid playbook, the oligarchs in Caracastan will get rid of the merchants and abolish capitalism. When they do that, it will become even more obvious that the ruin of a once prosperous nation is entirely their fault.
Will anyone in North American or Europe care? Will the Chinese care? As long as they can get a good deal on Venezuelan oil, none of the superpowers will care. Nor will tourists twenty years from now, as they oooh and awww about a “charming” or “haunting” labyrinth of ruins frozen in time.
From The Washington Post:
At markets, Chavez successor falls short
CARACAS, Venezuela — On aisle seven, among the diapers and fabric softener, the socialist dreams of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez looked as ragged as the toilet paper display.
Employees at the Excelsior Gama supermarket had set out a load of extra-soft six-roll packs so large that it nearly blocked the aisle. To stock the shelves with it would have been pointless. Soon word spread that the long-awaited rolls had arrived, and despite a government-imposed limit of one package per person, the checkout lines stretched all the way to the decimated dairy case in the back of the store.
“This is so depressing,” said Maria Plaza, 30, a lawyer, an hour and a half into her wait. “Pathetic.”
Depressing, in an otherwise bright, modern supermarket that sells $100 bottles of Spanish wine, Jack Daniel’s whiskey and organic rice puffs.
Pathetic, in a country with the world’s largest petroleum reserves and oil prices at nearly $95 a barrel, yet unable to supply basic goods because of its crumbling local currency and a shortage of U.S. dollars.
“Soon we’ll be using newspaper, just like they do in Cuba!” said an elderly man nearby, inching forward in line. “Yeah! Like Cuba!” others shouted.
The fate of Venezuela’s revolution, it seems, will be decided at the supermarket.
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