Maduro’s party wins Venezuelan elections, immediately announces plans to bring the pain to the business sector

posted at 10:31 am on December 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I don’t think anybody was expecting a very different outcome (indeed, I’m not convinced that an alternative outcome is even allowed, if you know what I mean), but if there’s any good news to be found here, it’s that Maduro and his ruling socialist party didn’t acquire quite the overwhelming victory they were looking for in Sunday’s mayoral elections in order to squash the voice of the opposition and really break up the ongoing game of political tug-of-war.

Members of the ruling socialist party won in 196 of 335 municipalities up for grabs, according to preliminary results announced by the National Electoral Council. The opposition took 53 and independent candidate won eight races, while the remaining 78 contests were too close to call.

The opposition, which won 46 municipalities in the 2008 elections, retained control of the country’s two biggest cities, Caracas and Maracaibo, and took at least four state capitals currently in the hands of government supporters. Its biggest trophy was Barinas, the hometown of the late President Hugo Chavez and political base of his brother Barinas state Gov. Adan Chavez.

So, that’s something, I suppose, but it was also decidedly not the hearty rebuke to Maduro’s errant despotism that the opposition party was looking for, either. Those last-minute forays into short-term and superficially appealing economic lunacy, by jailing business owners for the heinous crime of charging “unfairly” high prices and other such measures designed to combat the made-up economic “war” being waged against his regime, were evidently pretty helpful for Maduro’s pre-election popularity.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his “economic offensive” to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won the most votes in weekend municipal elections. …

The president’s candidates benefited from a populist crackdown in November to force merchants to slash prices of goods such as TVs, car parts and home hardware.

“This week we are going to deepen the economic offensive to help the working class and protect the middle class,” a triumphant Maduro told supporters in a rally after the results were announced late on Sunday night.

“This week it’s going to be the housing and food sectors. We’re going in with guns blazing, keep an eye out.”

Maduro’s personal approval rating jumped sharply after he instituted the economic measures, which won over consumers weary of the country’s 54 percent annual inflation. Maduro blames the rising prices on an “economic war” he says is financed by political adversaries. …

In a nutshell, the elections marked what was more or less the preservation of the status quo, and unfortunately, that status quo is now one in which Maduro can unilaterally impose whatever idiotic economic degrees he can dream up while Venezuela’s economy continues to crumble.


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In a nutshell, the elections marked what was more or less the preservation of the status quo, and unfortunately, that status quo is now one in which Maduro can unilaterally impose whatever idiotic economic degrees he can dream up while Venezuela’s economy continues to crumble.

Our own rat-eared dictator taking notes.

Happy Nomad on December 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I, Maduro, Emperor of Venezuela, will personally deliver 20 STRONG Bolivars to every person who voted fro me. I will also pass a decree making that money worth infinity money. So you will never run out of money again!

Chavez came back as a spooky ghost and told me to do this.

Gatsu on December 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Time, well past time, for America to become energy independent, and let these socialist tinhorn dictators and frothing muslem fanatic countries wallow in their own filth.

Rebar on December 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

In a democracy, you get the government you elect.

unclesmrgol on December 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

So, how about that epic Lions v Eagles game yesterday? Crazy, no?

BigGator5 on December 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his “economic offensive”………

Is this the same thing as pivoting? Focusing like a laser?

Happy Nomad on December 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

while the remaining 78 contests were too close to call.

In an unrelated story, 78 opposition candidates went missing this morning.

mankai on December 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Coming to a country you live in soon! (50-100 years, give or take and with caveats)

djl130 on December 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The power to set prices is the power to destroy.

KW64 on December 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

“This week we are going to deepen the economic offensive to help the working class and protect the middle class,” a triumphant obama told supporters in a rally after the results were announced late on Tuesday night.

“This week it’s going to be the housing and food sectors. We’re going in with guns blazing, keep an eye out.”

Sounds like this was lifted directly out of an obama speech.

HumpBot Salvation on December 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Not just proud… JIMMY CARTER PROUD!!!!!!!

WryTrvllr on December 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Coming to a country you live in soon! (50-100 years, give or take and with caveats)

djl130 on December 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Not even close. Try to start a hot dog cart or a food truck on your local street corner and see how fast the hounds of government will come baying for you. We already live under economic tyranny.

Explain to me why a hot dog cart takes local, municipal, state, and Federal paperwork?

JoseQuinones on December 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Coming to a country you live in soon! (50-100 years, give or take and with caveats)

djl130 on December 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

In dog years maybe.

try right after the next financial collapse.

WryTrvllr on December 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Explain to me why a hot dog cart takes local, municipal, state, and Federal paperwork?

JoseQuinones on December 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

sodium nitrates. duh!!!!!

WryTrvllr on December 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Golden Goose craps out ?
Next …….

Lucano on December 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM

“This week it’s going to be the housing and food sectors. We’re going in with guns blazing, keep an eye out.”

This is very bad. If Maduro starts seizing supermarkets it will provoke a food crisis as people become unable to get food. At best, people will be forced onto food rations and at worst it’ll be North Korea with starvation used as a political tool.

This guy can’t be far from mass murder and “disappearances” of political opponents. He is a lunatic.

Doomberg on December 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Is this what can be referred to as Obamaporn?

turfmann on December 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

This is very bad. If Maduro starts seizing supermarkets it will provoke a food crisis as people become unable to get food. At best, people will be forced onto food rations and at worst it’ll be North Korea with starvation used as a political tool.

This guy can’t be far from mass murder and “disappearances” of political opponents. He is a lunatic.

Doomberg on December 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

To be fair, it would take a while for them to get to NORK status.

Not saying its not possible, but I expect a revolution once food starts getting scarce.

Gatsu on December 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Explain to me why a hot dog cart takes local, municipal, state, and Federal paperwork?

[JoseQuinones on December 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM]

Is that true? I realize there might be federal if you want a TIN, and state if you want to pay employees by check, county for state health dept, and local if there are ordinances and there usually are if you try to work in the right-of-way. But the first two are not necessary though many avail themselves of those simple actions. The third is a reasonable requirement, even if the regulations are overly broad.

The fourth is where the most argument takes place, and while I don’t think there should be a heavy hand if the cart is on private property, I think it’s strict regulation of running your business in the public row is acceptable even moreso if it takes place, in part, in the street.

Dusty on December 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

[Doomberg on December 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM]

Yeah, the end of this regime could be quite gruesome.

Dusty on December 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Unfortunately, Venezuela is in for a great deal of unhappiness ahead.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on December 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Explain to me why a hot dog cart takes local, municipal, state, and Federal paperwork?

[JoseQuinones on December 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM]

Is that true? I realize there might be federal if you want a TIN, and state if you want to pay employees by check, county for state health dept, and local if there are ordinances and there usually are if you try to work in the right-of-way. But the first two are not necessary though many avail themselves of those simple actions. The third is a reasonable requirement, even if the regulations are overly broad.

The fourth is where the most argument takes place, and while I don’t think there should be a heavy hand if the cart is on private property, I think it’s strict regulation of running your business in the public row is acceptable even moreso if it takes place, in part, in the street.

Dusty on December 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

In other words, yes.

WitchDoctor on December 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

It’s like watching someone playing with matches in a gas-soaked house.

Socratease on December 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Welcome to the western hemisphere’s DPRK or Zimbabwe….

How long is it going to take for the ‘moderates’ and ‘centrists’ in this country to see the similarity of policies and vision between our own ‘progressives’ and the totalitarians like Maduro and Mugabe?

Athos on December 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Coming soon to California

Oil Can on December 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

In other words, yes.

[WitchDoctor on December 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM]

What gave you the idea it was a yes/no question?

Dusty on December 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

In a nutshell, the elections marked what was more or less the preservation of the status quo, and unfortunately, that status quo is now one in which Obama can unilaterally impose whatever idiotic economic decrees he can dream up while The United States economy continues to crumble.

paulsur on December 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Let’s encourage our low info voters to emigrate to Venezuela. They get lots of free stuff and stick it to the evil corporations.

Then we can go back to being a free nation.

PattyJ on December 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

I’ve never understood what’s so seductive about Socialism that so many people are so willing to ride it all the way down.

trigon on December 9, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Explain to me why a hot dog cart takes local, municipal, state, and Federal paperwork?

JoseQuinones on December 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

It’s for the children, that’s why!

Dusty on December 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

There shouldn’t be a heavy hand, even if it’s “in the street”. And, plenty of the local regulation blindly follows federal national “guidelines”.

GWB on December 9, 2013 at 12:08 PM

PattyJ on December 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Bus tickets to Venezuela have *got* to be cheaper than food stamps and medicaid!

GWB on December 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The president’s candidates benefited from a populist crackdown in November to force merchants to slash prices of goods such as TVs, car parts and home hardware.

“Can do, says El Lowes store spox; In fact, we have reduced our prices, on everything in the store, to zero. thats right, everything is free. We don’t have anything in stock at the moment, but you can be sure our prices reflect the will of the people and the President”

BobMbx on December 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

In other words, yes.

[WitchDoctor on December 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM]

What gave you the idea it was a yes/no question?

Dusty on December 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Yes, it takes four layers of bureaucracy as demonstrated by your two paragraph reply which hinted that no it doesn’t, then ultimately, yes, it does. No big deal, just calling it as I see it.

WitchDoctor on December 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM

“Toilet paper for everybody!!!”

Shy Guy on December 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Venezuelan supervisor of elections fraud the sleazy Erico Holdernez could not be reached for comment.

viking01 on December 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Let’s see how Little Nicky is going to explain the forthcoming epidemic of empty shelves …

oh, I know. Crackdown on shelf suppliers in 10, 9, 8, …

dissent555 on December 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Just wait until the Iranians give this nutjob his own set of nukes, to be pointed right at our shores.

Myron Falwell on December 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

In ten more years Venezuela will make Ethiopia look like Singapore. I bet that they wish they had a Constitution with a second amendment there.

cajunpatriot on December 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I’ve never understood what’s so seductive about Socialism that so many people are so willing to ride it all the way down.

trigon on December 9, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The promise of free stuff is the hook. By the time the free stuff runs out it’s too late, the secret police have already been set up, and your motivation is to just avoid the gulag.

That, and there are always a few true believers who believe anything an authority figure tells them.

ZenDraken on December 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

“Toilet paper for everybody!!!”

Shy Guy on December 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Nope. The no food cures the no toilet paper. Get it straight.

WryTrvllr on December 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

“Boat People” to commence in 10….9….8….7….

Another Drew on December 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The promise of free stuff is the hook. By the time the free stuff runs out it’s too late, the secret police have already been set up, and your motivation is to just avoid the gulag.
That, and there are always a few true believers who believe anything an authority figure tells them.

ZenDraken on December 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Plus, even a relatively small amount of socialism can start to drive businesses and successful entrepreneurs away, so you get economic stagnation, and more suffering from the poor and lower middle class. Notice this particular situation was brought on by 54%(!) inflation. Anyone who doesn’t understand where that comes from, even if they aren’t greedy or moochers, is going to be very susceptible to demagoguery against the rich, the bourgeoisie, and the private sector in general, ’cause those greedy capitalists keep raising prices.

They see the rich still prospering (though not as much), and it breeds resentment, leading more and more of them into backing more socialism, and the spiral continues, until you get to be where North Korea is, or at least Cuba.

RINO in Name Only on December 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Just wait until shop keepers close their doors.

GarandFan on December 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I’ve never understood what’s so seductive about Socialism that so many people are so willing to ride it all the way down.

trigon on December 9, 2013 at 12:08 PM

For those on top, it’s power. Specifically the power to hurt people they don’t like with no threat of consequences for themselves.

As with gun-banners here. The motto being, “We have the guns, so you have no rights.”

I’ve long suspected that many progressives, and practically all self-avowed socialists and Communists and Fascists, were schoolyard bullies as children. Their adult behavior is very little removed from that, and you don’t acquire such behavior patterns overnight.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I’ve long suspected that many progressives, and practically all self-avowed socialists and Communists and Fascists, were schoolyard bullies as children. Their adult behavior is very little removed from that, and you don’t acquire such behavior patterns overnight.

Rarely disagree with you Eon, but I think fear is the driver. I think they spent most of their formative years in fear and envy, and later in life, if they achieve any status…..Payback time.

WryTrvllr on December 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I thought for sure the People’s TP Party would win in a landslide…

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM