Awesome: Venezuela’s Maduro gets his “emergency decree powers”

posted at 8:41 pm on November 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Finally, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has the proper executive tools he needs to combat the “parasitic bourgeoisie” and the imperialist conspirators waging “economic war” on his regime by inducing shortages of even the most basic goods, engendering the world’s highest annual inflation rate, and sending the local bolivar currency to historic lows against the U.S. dollar on the country’s black market. Man, I feel better about the whole situation already.

Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Nicolas Maduro yearlong decree powers on Tuesday that he says are essential to regulate the economy and stamp out corruption but adversaries view as a thinly veiled power grab.

Hundreds of supporters of the ruling Socialist Party cheered outside the National Assembly as the so-called Enabling Law was passed, while a recording of Maduro’s late predecessor, Hugo Chavez, singing Venezuela’s anthem rang out inside the hall. …

“With this Enabling Law we are following an order by President Chavez,” said Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly and a staunch supporter of Maduro.

“He told us to pass all the laws necessary to wring the necks of the speculators and the money launderers.”

With these new powers, Maduro intends to immediately stop the business class’s “gouging” and “usury” by limiting profit margins to 15 to 30 percent, as well create a new state body to oversee dollar sales by Venezuela’s currency control regime. …Yep, both of those action items sound like they’ll be super-duper effective in bringing about immediate economic relief for Venezuelans, and as for those who would accuse Maduro of a “thinly veiled power grab”? Why in the world would he ever do such a thing?

Forcing stores to sell their merchandise for a price that the owners say will put them out of business may sound like a bad idea, but President Nicola Maduro is not angling to improve the economy, Venezuelans say.

“This is going to help him and his party in the short term,” says Alfredo Ramos , a political science professor at the University of the Andes in Merida. “His actions are motivating his backers to go out and vote, and disheartening his opponents. However, his actions could very well hurt him in the medium term.” …

Taking a page out of the late Hugo Chavez’s populist playbook, Maduro is attacking the country’s producers and businesses to boost his United Socialist Party of Venezuela for local elections Dec. 8.

…Oh.

And just to really crack down on any illicit bolivar-dollar trading, Maduro’s regime had the good sense to personally ask Twitter to block any tweets that might help Venezuelans operate on that pesky underground market:

In response, Venezuela’s telecommunications regulatory agency, Conatel, said on Tuesday that it sent a letter to the San Francisco headquarters of Twitter, requesting that the social-media company take down accounts that publish the currency’s black-market rate. Twitter didn’t respond to a request to comment.

On orders from the president, Conatel previously blocked some 50 websites that distribute the underground exchange rate and opened administrative proceeding against several Internet service providers.

I have an unpleasant suspicion that the worst of Maduro’s rule is yet to come.


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Obama’s envy most hurt

Grunt on November 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Those aren’t powers those are taxes.

————Smirking Benedict Roberts the Superior

viking01 on November 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Taking bets on how long it takes for people to start getting murdered.

Murphy9 on November 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

How is Venezuela of strategic importance to America?

How is Venezuela of tactical importance to America?

Ok … an easy one.

Why would anyone HERE care what this third rate nut job is doing THERE on this topic?

PolAgnostic on November 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

All must wipe with your left hand!

RovesChins on November 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Awesome: Venezuela’s Maduro gets his “emergency decree powers”

…JugEars is just waiting on the DOJ… and Justice Roberts and the Supremes …for the GO button!

KOOLAID2 on November 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Forcing stores to sell their merchandise for a price that the owners say will put them out of business may sound like a bad idea, but President Nicola Maduro is not angling to improve the economy, Venezuelans say.

This is Spanish for “Give us hell, Quimby!”

mankai on November 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Germans passed an Enabling Act giving Hitler the absolute power ‘to wring the necks of the speculators and the money launderers,’ too, and we all know how that turned out.

Resist We Much on November 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Is he taking control of the Census bureau also? It always helps to take control of the Census bureau. Oh, and he should definitely audit his enemies.

The Chewbacca Defense on November 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

“I hereby decree myself the new Most Interesting Man In The World.”

Christien on November 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I have an unpleasant suspicion that the worst of Maduro’s rule is yet to come.

But, Maduro, a former bus driver, doesn’t even have the wits, competence, and resolve of the Evil Clown, who wasn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Most likely, his rule will end up with him being dragged through the streets of Caracas behind a dirty pickup truck.

Resist We Much on November 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Can we get a pool going on how long until this guy gets Qaddafied?

blammm on November 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Oh, look.

Tan-Not-Black-Obama!

/QUICK! Put me on MSNBC with my own show and stuff.

Key West Reader on November 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Don’t even think it can’t happen here. The ows crowd would cheer.

wolly4321 on November 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Don’t even think it can’t happen here. The ows crowd would cheer.

wolly4321 on November 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Yep — If you could catch a few of the more passionate Democrats in an unguarded moment right now, they’d say this is exactly what needs to be done to save the Affordable Care Act.

jon1979 on November 20, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Oh good, the end will come much faster now.

stevezilla on November 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Just wait ’til the Senate does away with the filibuster

Fallon on November 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM

At least all the paramilitaries will soon have steady work.

Bishop on November 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Don’t even think it can’t happen here. The ows crowd would cheer.

wolly4321 on November 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

And that’s when the defacation will finally hit the rotating oscillator.

BallisticBob on November 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM

OT..
Lanny Davis is on Mrgans show killing HC.gov…ACA…

sheesh when youve lost lanny….

going2mars on November 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Megyn….even…dang dog..

going2mars on November 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Forcing stores to sell their merchandise for a price that the owners say will put them out of business may sound like a bad idea, but President Nicola Maduro is not angling to improve the economy, Venezuelans say.

This is Spanish for “Give us hell, Quimby!”

mankai on November 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Actually this is Spanish for Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM

sheesh when youve lost lanny….

going2mars on November 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

You’ve lost nothing.

2012 is over. Lanny is only working for Killary these days.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

At least all the paramilitaries will soon have steady work.

Bishop on November 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Not to mention the pitchfork, torch, and glass industries. Along with any other riot-related businesses.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

sounded to me like lanny wanted full repeal…
i wonder if ms hillary is at that same point yet ??..

going2mars on November 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Germans passed an Enabling Act giving Hitler the absolute power ‘to wring the necks of the speculators and the money launderers,’ too, and we all know how that turned out.

Resist We Much on November 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

This is the Progressive’s Enabling Act:

WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, is prepared to move forward with a vote that could severely limit the minority party’s ability to filibuster presidential nominees, possibly as early as this week, Democrats said Tuesday.

Given how much deference senators have traditionally shown to the rules and procedures of the institution — many of them in place since the 18th century — any modifications are a serious undertaking.

But among Democrats there is a strong consensus that Republicans have gone too far in their latest attempt to block White House appointments, by denying Mr. Obama any more judges for what is considered the most important appeals court in the country despite three vacancies.

On Monday, they denied him his third pick in less than a month to the court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. If Mr. Reid determines he has the support, he could schedule a vote before Friday, an aide who has spoken with him directly said Tuesday.

“If the votes are there, we will probably do it this week

kcewa on November 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Liberals in America scream Yes we Can!

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

We have seen the ending and this ain’t gonna be pretty.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

We have seen the ending and this ain’t gonna be pretty.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Yeah…Lots of people die

*sigh*

workingclass artist on November 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

kcewa on November 20, 2013 at 9:30 Pm

Along with tabling bills and no budget.

Defacto enabling act.

wolly4321 on November 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Curing socialism with… more socialism!

DarthBrooks on November 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Ain’t communism grand?

simkeith on November 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

But hey, they have FREE health care! Ask Hugo Chavez about that.

simkeith on November 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Why would anyone HERE care what this third rate nut job is doing THERE on this topic?

PolAgnostic on November 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Foreshadowing what is to come to the U.S. unless we remove our Democratic Socialists from office.

ITguy on November 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

The people there got nearly free electronics in the takeover and soon there won’t be any electricity to run them.

docflash on November 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Don’t even think it can’t happen here. The ows crowd would cheer.

wolly4321 on November 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Wasn’t it Krugsman that told us how easy it was to govern Red China because they essentially had a dictator in charge?

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Shouldn’t it be a rule that Politicians have to study history? Name a Socialist Country that has succeeded. You can’t.

Pathetic.

Snake307 on November 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Why would anyone HERE care what this third rate nut job is doing THERE on this topic?

PolAgnostic on November 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Let’s see. For starters:
They’ve confiscated US assets in Venezuela.

They’re the second largest crude oil exporter to the US.
They’re close allies of Cuba and Russia.
They’re committed to spreading the Bolivarian revolution throughout Latin America.

blammm on November 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

And this is how Democracy ends… to thunderous applause

Coming soon to America.

Skywise on November 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Did they really call it, the “Enabling Law?”
I seem to recall some mid-European country from the Thirties that tried that. Can’t… quite… place… them.

Tekov Yahoser on November 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

a “thinly veiled power grab”?

Nothing “thin” about it.

schmuck281 on November 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

I have an unpleasant suspicion that the worst of Maduro’s rule is yet to come.

When he announces that he has Iranian nukes pointed at our shores, yeah, that’s about right.

Myron Falwell on November 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Hmm…. “Enabling Laws”….. I’ve heard that term used somewhere before. Let me think a moment. Oh yeah! Germany in 1933.

Worked well for them, if I remember correctly. I mean, the German Chancellor asked the people to “give me ten years, and you won’t recognize Germany!” And you know what? He was right, too!!!!!!!

History. It’s apparently stuck on that whole repeat cycle.

TKindred on November 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Friedman would approve: Tom Friedman Hails China’s One-Party Autocracy

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I don’t think this Maduro guy is a student of the Austrian School.

jdpaz on November 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Poor O’Bozo.

Once again outdone by some 3rd world wannabe.

WryTrvllr on November 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Did they really call it, the “Enabling Law?”
I seem to recall some mid-European country from the Thirties that tried that. Can’t… quite… place… them.

Tekov Yahoser on November 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Yea, something about an Austrian with a dorky mustache…

…I am drawing a blank here, will think of it in a second…

SubmarineDoc on November 21, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Wonder who those idiots will blame when all the stores are empty.

Maybe the Minister of Happiness can throw a fiesta.

GarandFan on November 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Obama would do well in Venezuela.

Just make sure he has TP for his bunghole.

Whichever that is.

Sherman1864 on November 21, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Slavenowandie, verbaldutch and sopartisan are swooning.

ebrown2 on November 21, 2013 at 4:59 AM

Did they really call it, the “Enabling Law?”
I seem to recall some mid-European country from the Thirties that tried that. Can’t… quite… place… them.

Tekov Yahoser on November 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Reverse beefsteak fascism, red on the outside and brown on the inside:

http://www.la-articles.org.uk/fascism.htm

ebrown2 on November 21, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Nixon Administration had “Wage and Price Controls” in the 1970s. (http://www.econreview.com/events/wageprice1971b.htm )

Miserable failure.

Come on, you dumbass Marxists. Just let capitalism be capitalism.

BigAlSouth on November 21, 2013 at 5:48 AM

It was inevitable that Maduro would want those “emergency” powers since the economy was not responding the way he wanted it to. Since it didn’t respond the right way to his efforts, he just has to shove a whole lot harder and the “emergency” powers should give him the wherewithal to do it. He can’t admit that maybe he’s on the wrong track for that would spell likely destruction of the regime.

So things go until the impending avalanche actually begins to move then it will be too late to stop and will have to run its course leaving survivors to try and pick up the pieces in the aftermath.

Russ808 on November 21, 2013 at 5:56 AM

Friedman would approve: Tom Friedman Hails China’s One-Party Autocracy

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

David and Milton on the other hand, are facepalming from this world and the next…

PXCharon on November 21, 2013 at 6:45 AM

I thought life in Venezuela couldn’t get any worse than under Chavez. Guess I was wrong.

sadatoni on November 21, 2013 at 7:29 AM

I thought life in Venezuela couldn’t get any worse than under Chavez. Guess I was wrong.

sadatoni on November 21, 2013 at 7:29 AM

There’s still time. They haven’t built Nuevo Pyongyang yet…

PXCharon on November 21, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Why, I remember when another group of people pass an Enabling Act and that worked out great!

BigGator5 on November 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

They’re committed to spreading the Bolivarian revolution throughout Latin America.

blammm on November 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

And Obama’s “Family Friend” Bill Ayers
is committed to spreading the Bolivarian revolution here in the United States of America.

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Obama’s “Family Friend” Bill Ayers travelled to Venezuela and spoke at the World Education Forum in November 2006. His comments began and ended with this [emphasis mine]:

President Hugo Chavez, Vice-President Vicente Rangel, Ministers Moncada and Isturiz, invited guests, comrades. I’m honored and humbled to be here with you this morning. I bring greetings and support from your brothers and sisters throughout Northamerica. Welcome to the World Education Forum! Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana!

This is my fourth visit to Venezuela, each time at the invitation of my comrade and friend Luis Bonilla, a brilliant educator and inspiring fighter for justice. Luis has taught me a great deal about the Bolivarian Revolution and about the profound educational reforms underway here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution

…we, too, must build a project of radical imagination and fundamental change. Venezuela is poised to offer the world a new model of education– a humanizing and revolutionary model whose twin missions are enlightenment and liberation. This World Education Forum provides us a unique opportunity to develop and share the lessons and challenges of this profound educational project that is the Bolivarian Revolution.

Viva Mission Sucre! Viva Presidente Chavez! Viva La Revolucion Bolivariana! Hasta La Victoria Siempre!

Truth: Those last four lines are roughly translated:

Long Live Mission Sucre!
Long Live President Chavez!
Long Live the Bolivarian Revolution!
Until the Victory Always!

These are the comrades, the fellow travellers, with which Obama shares his journey…

But my journey is part of a larger journey- one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

- Barack Hussein Obama June 23, 2007

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Hmm, an Enabling Act. Why does that sound familiar?

WannabeAnglican on November 21, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Why would anyone HERE care what this third rate nut job is doing THERE on this topic?

PolAgnostic on November 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Foreshadowing what is to come to the U.S. unless we remove our Democratic Socialists from office.

ITguy on November 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Obama’s “Family Friend” Bill Ayers, the man who co-authored Chicago’s Annenberg Challenge $49.2 million grant proposal and helped Obama get the chairmanship of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, the man who helped launch Obama’s political career in his own living room, said:

Long Live Mission Sucre!
Long Live President Chavez!
Long Live the Bolivarian Revolution!
Until the Victory Always!

You might want to ask Obama what he thinks of the Bolivarian Revolution and whether or not he would like to follow in the footsteps of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.

It’s a lot more relevant than you think, PolAgnostic.

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Hmm, an Enabling Act. Why does that sound familiar?

WannabeAnglican on November 21, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Obama envies the powers that dictators in Communist countries have. He’s even publicly said that it would be easier for him if he had those powers.

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Why, I remember when another group of people pass[ed] an Enabling Act

BigGator5 on November 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Good reminder.

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 8:58 AM

The most important business in this Nation–or any other nation, for that matter-is raising and training children. If those children have the proper environment at home, and educationally, very, very few of them ever turn out wrong. I don’t think we put enough stress on the necessity of implanting in the child’s mind the moral code under which we live.

The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.

If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.

- President Harry S. Truman
February 15, 1950

Because our nation as a whole no longer teaches the proper fundamental moral background and the fundamental basis of this Nation’s law, we are getting closer and closer to ending up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

We shouldn’t laugh, the same tactics are being implemented here just with a velvet glove. Doctors will be the next to be hit with ‘you can’t make a profit’ blow to the system after they get through demonizing insurance companies. Maduro thinks he knows what’s best for his countrymen and so does our dear leader.

Kissmygrits on November 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I’ve worked with guys from Venezuela and I can say they are a bright & noble people and the country is astounding.
Too bad they allowed Hugo Chavez to rape and completely rob them driving the whole government into a ditch.
And now Nicolos Madureo is revving the engine and spinning the wheels and soon the fuel will be exhausted. So sad.

I imagine Barry Sotoro Obmugabe admires him, studies his methods, and says prayers for El Madureo’s health nightly.

Missilengr on November 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM