Venezuelan government: Uhm, these rolling blackouts are totally the result of the opposition’s sabotage

posted at 9:21 pm on September 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Hmmm. Venezuela sits on top of some of the world’s largest proven oil reserves, and yet they somehow can’t even manage to find the money nor the resources to keep the lights on consistently. You might be tempted to think that this stems from their fundamentally, horribly, tragically flawed political and economic institutions — but you’d be wrong.

The real cause of the rolling blackouts that affected almost 70 percent of the country on Tuesday was, obviously, the usual suspect: The evil and imperialistic Western powers that be! Or, uhm, wait — it was sabotage from the political opposition party! …No, scratch that — it was because of an iguana on the power lines!

Via the AP:

Venezuelans were skeptical Wednesday of President Nicolas Maduro’s claims that saboteurs were responsible for a blackout that left about 70 percent of the country without electricity and caused chaos in Caracas, interrupting subway service and snarling traffic. …

“I don’t believe this tale about sabotage. We all know who is to blame,” said Adriana Montoya, a 45-year-old housewife who said she was stuck for hours in traffic that snarled as traffic lights went dark and subway service halted in Caracas, which lost power for five hours Tuesday. …

Maduro claimed sabotage by “the extreme right-wing” was the cause but did not present any evidence. …

Even before Maduro’s announcement, top opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez poked fun at officials… “We already know what you are going to say: That it was an iguana, a lightning bolt or sabotage,” he tweeted.

Venezuelans have had to deal with blackouts for years (among other shortages of basic goods and services, ahem), and the government rather conveniently stopped publishing information about its electrical generation and distribution in 2010. It’s almost like socialism leads to corrupt and opaque regimes that utterly destroy market signals and induce completely unnecessary economic crises that lead to widespread inefficiency, poverty, and misery, no?


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Venezuela was a beautiful country with wonderful people before socialism. I wonder who will be around to remember the US when we collapse due to socialism.

Wino on September 4, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Hard to believe they could find someone as crazy as Chevez. Congratulations.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2013 at 9:24 PM

It’s almost like socialism leads to corrupt and opaque regimes that utterly destroy market signals and induce completely unnecessary economic crises that lead to widespread inefficiency, poverty, and misery, no?

Obamanomics 101.

VorDaj on September 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

It’s all the fault of Congress!!

PattyJ on September 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

So their rogue government blames the right wing too.

Bishop on September 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Venezuelan government: Uhm, these rolling blackouts are totally the result of the opposition’s sabotage

Obama Administration: Uhm, these Obamacare “speedbumps” are totally the result of the opposition’s sabotage.

Birds of a feather.

blammm on September 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Venezuelan government: Uhm, these rolling blackouts are totally the result of the opposition’s sabotage JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS and the MK-ULTRA radiowaves that are being sent out of the Israeli Embassy by ‘THAT JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,’ Henrique Capriles’ fellow tribesmen

FIFY

Resist We Much on September 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

If it works on the idiots in Venezuela, look for 0bama to use the same excuse on the idiots here.

cozmo on September 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Hey, if Chavez could send a bird to Maduro to give him a ‘blessing’ before his presidential run, why can’t St Hugo keep the lights on?

Resist We Much on September 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

It’s almost like socialism leads to corrupt and opaque regimes that utterly destroy market signals and induce completely unnecessary economic crises that lead to widespread inefficiency, poverty, and misery, no?

Not according to Barry Obama. Socialist ‘truth’ is the only truth. And if you don’t like it, they’ll change it.

GarandFan on September 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Hmmm. Venezuela sits on top of some of the world’s largest proven oil reserves, and yet they somehow can’t even manage to find the money nor the resources to keep the lights on consistently
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Maybes its a plan,er conspiracy,to improve the population,
by forcing the population to go to bed earlier,so Baby Paste
and Eggs could be mixed up,

oh wait,thats crazy talk,……..nevermind…..(sarc)

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

If it works on the idiots in Venezuela, look for 0bama to use the same excuse on the idiots here.

cozmo on September 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Actually, I think he’s already using the Obumble playbook….
This is the same excuse Obumble has been using consistently for the last 5 years.

dentarthurdent on September 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Venezuelan government: Uhm, these rolling blackouts are totally the result of the opposition’s sabotage JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS and the MK-ULTRA radiowaves that are being sent out of the Israeli Embassy by ‘THAT JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,’ Henrique Capriles’ fellow tribesmen

FIFY

Resist We Much on September 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Resist We Much: Speaking of Jewish people:)
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The Associated Press ‏@AP 2h

Venezuelan Jews who fled Chavez find a new home for Rosh Hashanah in Miami: http://apne.ws/14ZpmSi -KH (via @cearmario)
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/venezuelan-jews-new-home-rosh-hashanah

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

It’s almost like socialism leads to corrupt and opaque regimes that utterly destroy market signals and induce completely unnecessary economic crises that lead to widespread inefficiency, poverty, and misery, no?

All government is corruption! Democracy, Communism, Socialism and every other form ever tried or even contemplated. Government is about power, and power is the great corrupter of human beings. How many thousands of years of human experience do we have to endure before we finally begin to get it? The Greeks were writing about this in 460BC and the Assyrians before them.
What you name it doesn’t matter. It’s corrupt and wasteful and sooner or later violently oppressive. The only real choice we have is whether or not we can disperse it so that it might be kept under some kind of control. But in the end, the entire notion of clean government is an oxymoron.

Lew on September 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Socialists never change. All things wrong in the world are the fault of the enemies of socialism. Whenever the socialists’ grand economic plans and schemes fail it is the fault of their enemies. The solution is alwasy more socialism.

In the Soviet Union all failures to meet economic goals, when anyone actually admitted they were not met, were blamed on sabotage by counterrevolutionaries and capitalists.

In the US all Obamacare failures it will be blamed on greedy health insurance companies and “obstructionist” Republicans — that is, capitalists and counterrevolutionaries. The proposed solution will be more socialism, a complete government takeover of the health insurance industry.

farsighted on September 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Damn, those Venezuelan Tea Partiers are so much more organized than we are.

Dusty on September 4, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Venezuelan government: Uhm, these rolling blackouts are totally the result of the opposition’s sabotage

Obama is focusing like a Laser to bring this to America.

RJL on September 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

They just need more windmills. That’s the ticket.

BDavis on September 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

…it’s Bush’s fault!

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Once Obama closes all the power plants in this country, we’ll envy the 30% of Venezuelans with electricity.

CJ on September 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I am shocked and surprised. Didn’t the toilet paper shortage wipe them out?

jake49 on September 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Venezuelan government: Uhm, these rolling blackouts are totally the result of the opposition’s sabotage JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS and the MK-ULTRA radiowaves that are being sent out of the Israeli Embassy by ‘THAT JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,’ Henrique Capriles’ fellow tribesmen

FIFY
Resist We Much on September 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

That’s just fringe science.

AH_C on September 5, 2013 at 2:32 AM

The Venezuelans must have gone to the same liberal blame school that oblunder went to.

crosshugger on September 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Emmanuel Goldstein is at it again.

iurockhead on September 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

This is just what all Big Government types do, from Socialists to Islamists (who are now allies).

Blame others when your corrupt government destroys all that is good about your society. Then grab more power.

Exceptional prosperity is the result….for those at the top (in America this includes RINOs). For everyone else…despair and poverty.

GardenGnome on September 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM