Poetry: Venezuelan capital blacks out while Maduro gives a pre-election socialist address

posted at 6:01 pm on December 3, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And for that brief, unshining moment, poetic justice was served as the causes and effects of socialism came triumphantly, undeniably face to face. Via Reuters:

Venezuela’s second massive power outage of the year plunged much of the nation into darkness on Monday night, prompting renewed talk of sabotage from President Nicolas Maduro’s government and cries of incompetence from its foes. …

Maduro was giving a live address on state TV when he was abruptly cut off. He later Tweeted that he was continuing to work in the presidential palace despite the “strange” blackout, and appeared live on state TV surrounded by school children.

“Be strong against this electrical war that yesterday’s fascists have declared against our people,” Maduro said in another address to the nation at about 11 p.m. local time. …

Of course, Maduro and his allies immediately blamed the widespread rolling blackout — similar in breadth and duration to the early September blackout that was one of the worst in Venezuela’s recent history — on that perfidious coalition of wealthy right-wingers and imperial foreign powers he ceaselessly insists is responsible for every negative economic vagary Venezuelans are going through, blah blah blah. Enough already, man:

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said government officials’ bellicose statements were “pathetic” at a time of national disquiet. “For once in your lives, be responsible,” he Tweeted.

Capriles and others say the reasons for the power failures are obvious and simple: lack of investment, incompetence and corruption within the state-run power company Corpoelec since Chavez’s 2007 nationalization of the sector.

Indeed. For further insight into why Venezuela’s economy is basically cannibalizing itself, one need look no further than the latest of those “emergency decree powers” Maduro just deployed in yet another pre-election bid to appeal to Venezuelans’ increasingly disgruntled sensibilities. The government is now setting limits on prices for cars — i.e., another resplendent victory over the tyrannical forces of supply and demand, huzzah!

Maduro said Monday that he would use new emergency decree powers granted by Congress to enable the government to set “fair” prices for all cars sold in Venezuela. At the same time, used vehicles won’t be allowed to exceed the price of newer models, he said in televised remarks.

Automobiles purchased in Venezuela generally jump in value as soon as they leave the dealership’s lot as decade-old currency controls reduce the availability of imported cars and parts, leading to months-long waiting lists. Carmakers including Ford and Toyota are on pace to churn out 70,000 vehicles this year in Venezuela, about a third of their capacity and less than the 104,000 they produced here in 2012.

Amid the shortage of new cars, demand for even decade-old clunkers has been soaring as Venezuelans buy durable goods as a store of value at a time their salaries and savings are being eroded by 54 percent inflation and a plunging currency.


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This would have been his speech.

22044 on December 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Socialism. A wonderful vision that forces the vision people have for their lives to take a back seat.

Paul-Cincy on December 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Amid the shortage of new cars, demand for even decade-old clunkers has been soaring

Send them chevy volts … in addition to transportation, they’re also a good source of heat and light.

Lost in Jersey on December 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

That looks a lot like Saddam Hussein.
Someone that Maduro admires, I suppose.

Another Drew on December 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Send them chevy volts … in addition to transportation, they’re also a good source of heat and light.

Send them Tesla’s….they can use them for open-pit BBQ.

Another Drew on December 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM

“Damn capitalist pigs in America stole all the toilet paper and browned out the lights. Viva El Bolivar Revolution!…Power to the people!!”

Mimzey on December 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I think Obama calls Maduro for advice.

redguy on December 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Venezuela is prime for a capitalist revolution…..

Jeff Bezos should send in his drone air force.

redguy on December 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM

It’s too easy but I’m going to do it anyway….ObaMaduro.

kcewa on December 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I’d bet utilities workers are being rounded up already for the firing squads.
And 0barky is green with envy over what Maduro is accompllishing….

dentarthurdent on December 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

North Zuela

Oil Can on December 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Idiot communists are at the helm, and this is the result.

Blackouts, kind of like what the fear mongering warmist loons actually want to “achieve” (especially in the UK!) without or preferably with communism. Speaking of lunatic fringe Chicken Littles, a new poll shows 48% of meteorologists don’t believe in man-made global warming, and the number is much higher if you sort out those with extreme liberal views, link: Meteorologist’s poll finds no consensus on climate change & those with liberal political views far more likely to believe in man-made global warming. Also: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2013/11/25/meteorologists-bail-on-global-warming-n1752592/page/full

anotherJoe on December 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM

No power and no butt wipes, sounds like an OWS dream come true.

Bishop on December 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I am surprised socialism has survived this long in Venezuela given the internet. It seems like 90% of the people should have caught on by now.

thuja on December 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Youth violence blamed on… Spiderman? Just heard it on Fox News Special Report.

ExpressoBold on December 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM

what’s the over/under on marital law by the spring?

r keller on December 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM

“worker’s” paradise.

Murphy9 on December 3, 2013 at 6:35 PM

The treacherous Goldstein again!

alchemist19 on December 3, 2013 at 6:37 PM

what’s the over/under on marital law by the spring?

r keller on December 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM

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What kind of “marital law” are you thinking of being implemented? Sharia? Polyamory? Polygamy? Bigamists?

ExpressoBold on December 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Venezuela’s second massive power outage of the year plunged much of the nation into darkness on Monday night, prompting renewed talk of sabotage from President Nicolas Maduro’s government and cries of incompetence from its foes. …

Leftists in the government seize control of the economy, try central planning, fail spectacularly, and blame it on “sabotage” by the political opposition. Opposition points out the obvious, that the government’s failure reflects flat-out incompetence.

What a mess! Good thing that kind of stuff doesn’t happen in this country.

RINO in Name Only on December 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

That’d be sort of like if our government set up a website, and it wasn’t working when the HHS Director tried to demonstrate it.

Could never happen here in a million years. Those stupid, socialist banana republics!

notropis on December 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Amid the shortage of new cars, demand for even decade-old clunkers has been soaring

Maybe the US can help out here; didn’t Uncle Sam buy a gazillion of those things awhile back?

RINO in Name Only on December 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

What kind of “marital law” are you thinking of being implemented? Sharia? Polyamory? Polygamy? Bigamists?

ExpressoBold on December 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

now where’s that spell checker that spells the word i was thinking as opposed to typing :). Martial, you know as in Court Martial

r keller on December 3, 2013 at 6:51 PM

demand for even decade-old clunkers

Clunkers!? My favourite car is twenty-seven years old, and in no way is it a clunker!

OldEnglish on December 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Martial, you know as in Court Martial

r keller on December 3, 2013 at 6:51 PM

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Or martial law… there is a new program on somewhere called Marshall Law. That spelling drives me nuts – I must be too old to live, huh?

ExpressoBold on December 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

He looks like Stalin to me…

Blake on December 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

RINO in Name Only on December 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Bravo!
That was a downright masterful piece of sarc.

dentarthurdent on December 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Of course, Maduro and his allies immediately blamed the widespread rolling blackout — similar in breadth and duration to the early September blackout that was one of the worst in Venezuela’s recent history — on that perfidious coalition of wealthy right-wingers and imperial foreign powers he ceaselessly insists is responsible for every negative economic vagary Venezuelans are going through, blah blah blah.

What would even be more ridiculous is blaming the party that DIDN’T vote for a law for the law being a complete failure!!!

Who’s to blame for the ObamaCare debacle? “First off all, in fairness,” Howard Dean told the Morning Joe crew earlier today, you have to blame Republicans for some of this because they delayed everything they possibly could.”

dirtseller on December 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Socialism works until you run out of other people’s electricity. Or toilet paper.

rbj on December 3, 2013 at 8:26 PM

As odd as this seems, Venezuelans should embrace the new regime in toto. As soon as everyone is on his side, he won’t have an enemy to blame for what happens on a daily basis.

Can you say Praetorian Guard?

BobMbx on December 3, 2013 at 8:54 PM

A friend of mine went to Venezuela to work for his company in the early 1970′s…and when he arrived, his US passport was taken away from him by Venezuelan customs officials. As a machinist (he had worked on the Saturn V back in the day) that country considered him “too valuable to leave” or something like that, because they were desperate for skilled workers.

His company spent the next nine months negotiating (bribing) the Venezuelan government to obtain his release.

Knowing that story, I have to wonder why *anyone* would still be working in Venezuela as an expat since Chavez first began showing his stripes. Ford and Toyota expat management must be crapping bricks right about now…

Wanderlust on December 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Crazed dictator blaming his enemies, seizing control of industries, and ignoring the law. The similarities between Venezuela and the U.S. are disturbing.

Banana. Republic.

This is your country. This is your country on socialism. Any questions?

the_moll on December 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Sounds a lot like the sidewheeler, Venezuela, has been burning it sails, rigging, furniture, and small boats in an attempt to keep the steam up in the boiler and is now resorting to chopping away at the hull to keep things going until… some time.

Maduro and his fellows have little choice since they probably cannot bring themselves to believe that the Chavez method is not working. Chavez had it easier since he came in at the start or near the start of all this so he had surplus to play with as things began to deteriorate. Now Maduro is finding that there is no surplus left to tide things over (as he likely hopes this overall crisis will pass and prosperity that will preserve his regime will return) so he will resort to increasingly draconian means until the time when everything just collapses. I expect he and his fellows will have enough squirreled away so that while the public suffers from the collapse they won’t.

Russ808 on December 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM