While chavez was being royally slapped down in Santiago, Chile by the Spanish King, the wonders of his “socialist revolution” continue to wreak havoc on the Venezuelan public. A nation that is awash in petrodollars cannot even supply its people with such staples as milk. We’re not talking about providing free milk here—we’re talking about just having milk on the store shelves for people to purchase.
Women wait in line outside a state-run market in Caracas October 30, 2007. Venezuelans are increasingly facing periodic shortages of basic food products, despite record revenues from an oil boom, prompting comparisons by opponents with Cuba and complaints even among Chavez’s natural supporters, the poor.
It is not a coincidence, neither is it the workings of some vast, right-wing conspiracy, that these problems are becoming part of everyday Venezuelan life. Communism/Socialism has a long history of providing little to the majority and providing large amounts of wealth to its ruling elite. Like the old cold-war joke went: If the Soviets were to ever take over the Sahara desert, there would be a shortage of sand within 10 years.