Venezuela moves on to water and electricity rationing as Rubio pushes economic sanctions

posted at 1:21 pm on May 8, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The widespread protests that broke out in Venezuela in February have been slowly tapering off — not because the runaway inflation rate, crime rate, and basic goods shortages that sparked the unrest have at all improved, but because of the spreading resignation that a government coup isn’t quite imminent — and this morning, the government moved to crack down on the remaining protests by fabricating claims of drugs, explosives, and weapons abounding in the protesters’ camps and rounding up the supposed offenders, via Reuters:

Venezuelan security forces on Thursday rounded up hundreds of youth activists camped in public spaces as part of protests against President Nicolas Maduro, an effort to snuff out the waning demonstration movement.

Troops staged pre-dawn raids to break up four improvised tent camps decorated with Venezuelan flags and signs bearing protest slogans, one of which had for weeks been blocking traffic along a main avenue of the capital.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said soldiers arrested 243 people, accusing the students of using the camps as a base of operations to stage violent protests in other parts of the city.

As I said, nothing about Venezuela’s economic situation has improved as Maduro has continued to blame the shortages on greedy businessmen and foreign conspirators waging an “economic war” against his regime — and indeed, things are about to get a whole lot worse. Via Bloomberg:

Venezuela’s government announced the start of electricity rationing in western Zulia state as well as water rationing in Caracas to reduce demand on the power grid, a day after Ford Motor Co. halted production in Latin America’s largest oil exporter.

The second-largest U.S. automaker joins competitor Toyota Motor Corp. and Dutch truck-maker CNH Industrial NV in suspending assembly in the South American country because of the difficulty of obtaining dollars to import parts from the government.

Shortages of everything from water to car parts and flour to pregnancy tests come after three months of protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro that have left at least 41 people dead. The government yesterday said it will start rationing electricity and water as drought drains hydroelectric reservoirs and water tanks.

“This is another acknowledgment that the country is not working,” Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, said in a phone interview yesterday. “If this spreads to the rest of the country and becomes a nationwide rationing of electricity, it will significantly cut into Maduro’s support.”

And this is just the latest bad economic news on top of a report from Human Rights Watch out this week reporting on cases of military and paramilitary pro-government forces have been beating and shooting unarmed protesters, as well as making completely undue arrests and torturing detainees. The social, political, and economic situation for Venezuelans just keeps devolving, and Sen. Marco Rubio is again pushing hard for sanctions that he hopes will show the world that the United States is “firmly on the side of the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people”:

State Department officials will brief a Senate committee Thursday on violent street protests that have rocked the country for weeks, and a House panel will finalize its version of a sanctions bill Friday.

The legislation in both chambers is relatively modest. It centers on $15 million in new funds to promote democracy and rule of law in the South American country. It bans visas for Venezuelan officials who crushed anti-government protests by students, opposition leaders and others and freezes their assets. …

“This is happening in our very own hemisphere,” Rubio said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. He said sanctions should target anyone responsible for human rights violations, refusing to rule out Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro as a potential target.


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Bread is next.

marxism is wondrous.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Where is Sean Penn???…

PatriotRider on May 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Utopia…the USA is next…

PatriotRider on May 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

“Sure, we’re a sleazy dictatorship but at least we don’t have your EPA,” a regime spokesman said.

viking01 on May 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I wonder if FLOTUS holding up a hashtag on a piece of cardboard might not do the trick. Worth a try?

butch on May 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

The only fix for this is an even stronger authoritarian, but he’ll need emergency powers, of course, to quell the violence and restore order.

Capricio on May 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

There goes any chance Rubio had in 2016

philw1776 on May 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

#WeAreDehydrating

PatriotRider on May 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

If I lived in Venezuela, I’d get out of there as fast as I could or die trying.

DevilishSoda on May 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Venezuela moves on to water and electricity rationing

…what’s taking JugEars…..so long?

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

#BringUsSomeWater

PatriotRider on May 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Progressive-Marxist

Murphy9 on May 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

The widespread protests that broke out in Venezuela in February have been slowly tapering off — not because the runaway inflation rate, crime rate, and basic goods shortages that sparked the unrest have at all improved,

This is a glimpse of our future under progressive leadership. This could be a headline for several progressive American cities.

cajunpatriot on May 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Rubio’s pushing economic sanctions now? Well, that’s better than pushing amnesty. But why is Rubio always straining to get into the limelight on some conservative issue as if to recompense for his betrayal on amnesty? Why doesn’t Rubio just take a hike and get lost.

http://klsouth.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/the-rubio-deception/

anotherJoe on May 8, 2014 at 1:46 PM

There goes any chance Rubio had in 2016

philw1776 on May 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

That went when he joined the “gang of eight” to push their amnesty bill. He’s politically dead on the national stage.

cajunpatriot on May 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I would like to hear Sean Penn explain how great this is.

The Western World may be collapsing under its own weight, but it seems to be happening in fast-forward the further Left you go.

LancerDL on May 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Where is Sean Penn???…

PatriotRider on May 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Having trouble getting the needle out of his arm…?

JohnGalt23 on May 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Where is Sean Penn???…

PatriotRider on May 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Probably hiding on that same remote mountain as his character from Walter Mitty.

Doughboy on May 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Where is Sean Penn???…

PatriotRider on May 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Beating the hell out of his girlfriend.

Bishop on May 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Where is Sean Penn???…

PatriotRider on May 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

PatriotRider:0
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Under the weather? Charlize Theron and Sean Penn hide behind their shades as they hold hands after late night at the Met Gala

By John Lawson

Published: 00:50 GMT, 7 May 2014 | Updated: 20:53 GMT, 7 May 2014
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2621870/Charlize-Theron-Sean-Penn-hide-shades-hold-hands-late-night-Met-Gala.html

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Wow!

A country that should be prosperous is slowly becoming Cuba. Well another one anyway, Venezuela is just ahead of the United States at this point. We still have toilet paper.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Progressive-Marxist

Murphy9 on May 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Sorta like the one we have in the WH? Unfettered marxism is wonderful isn’t it. Its what Jugears and his peers have in mind for us.

I wonder if FLOTUS holding up a hashtag on a piece of cardboard might not do the trick. Worth a try?

butch on May 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

She’d probably give the Venezuelan government a thumbs up…and be proud of it.

If I lived in Venezuela, I’d get out of there as fast as I could or die trying.

DevilishSoda on May 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I’m getting almost the same feeling about living in California.

hawkeye54 on May 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Venezuela is just ahead of the United States at this point. We still have toilet paper.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

For now……be sure to keep a large reserve, and also stacks of newspapers, magazines, and catalogs as back up….just in case.

hawkeye54 on May 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Coming to a city near you…soon.

Deckard BR on May 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Coming to a country near you soon.

First there will be electricity rationing as those exciting new Obama regulations come out from the EPA effectively shuttering all the coal fired plants.

Rolling brownouts are fun!!!
Rolling brownouts are fair!!!

jukin3 on May 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Where are all the trolls to tell us this will never happen here? That Leftist/Communist/Socialist policies have no consequences. That government control of systems, businesses and economies leads to utopia.

*crickets*

Deckard BR on May 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Marco Rubio to congress: Venezuela is hurting. Lots of shortages and that is why I am proposing that we put sanctions on Venezuela so we can increase the pain and suffering to the max.

Venezuela’s poor to Marco Rubio: STFU.

coolrepublica on May 8, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Somebody tell me again why socialism is so wonderous.

john1schn on May 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I don’t understand what migrant workers don’t go and live in the Venezuelan socialist paradise–rather the mean ole United States.

thuja on May 8, 2014 at 2:33 PM

A country that should be prosperous is slowly becoming Cuba. Well another one anyway, Venezuela is just ahead of the United States at this point. We still have toilet paper.

With similar shitty leadership, the people need plent of toilet paper

txdoc on May 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Marco Rubio to congress: Venezuela is hurting. Lots of shortages and that is why I am proposing that we put sanctions on Venezuela so we can increase the pain and suffering to the max.

Venezuela’s poor to Marco Rubio: STFU.

foolrepublica on May 8, 2014 at 2:22 PM

I’m sure you said the same about sanctions on South Africa.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Marco Rubio to congress: Venezuela is hurting. Lots of shortages and that is why I am proposing that we put sanctions on Venezuela so we can increase the pain and suffering to the max.

Venezuela’s poor to Marco Rubio: STFU.

coolrepublica on May 8, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Yeps. Because banning visas and freezing the assets of the corrupt oligarchy of communist millionaires that rules Venezuela will hurt Venezuela’s poor immensely.

Would you like to explain the mechanism?

joana on May 8, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Marco Rubio to congress: Venezuela is hurting. Lots of shortages and that is why I am proposing that we put sanctions on Venezuela so we can increase the pain and suffering to the max.

Venezuela’s poor to Marco Rubio: STFU.

coolrepublica on May 8, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Ya cuz, well, it’s not as if the socialist policies the Venezuelan government is imposing has anything to do with their problems, right?
Must be Rubio’s fault…..

dentarthurdent on May 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I’m sure you said the same about sanctions on South Africa.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Don’t even need to bring up South Africa, as the nature of the sanctions is quite different.

Do you say the same about the sanctions on Russia, coolrepublica?

joana on May 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

….MOBYCOT…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I don’t identify as liberal, I identify as progressive-marxist.

libfreeordie on April 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Retweeted by Reuters Top News
Reuters World ‏@ReutersWorld 22m

Confiscated items from dismantled anti-government protest camps in #Venezuela. Read more: http://reut.rs/1s7gC48 pic.twitter.com/IHLf0cl2Z2

https://twitter.com/ReutersWorld/status/464471103306342401/photo/1/large
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Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 35m

#Venezuela breaks up tent camps, arrests hundreds of student activists: http://reut.rs/1s7gC48 pic.twitter.com/G2NaYaW3y1

https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/464468549335916544/photo/1/large

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Retweeted by Reuters Top News
Reuters World ‏@ReutersWorld 26m

Confiscated items from dismantled anti-government protest camps in #Venezuela. Read more: http://reut.rs/1s7gC48 pic.twitter.com/IHLf0cl2Z2

https://twitter.com/ReutersWorld/status/464471103306342401/photo/1/large

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 38m

#Venezuela breaks up tent camps, arrests hundreds of student activists: http://reut.rs/1s7gC48 pic.twitter.com/G2NaYaW3y1

https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/464468549335916544/photo/1/large

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 2:55 PM

How about a total boycott of Venezuelan oil as long as Maduro is in power? Another opportunity to impose economic sanctions where the Keystone XL pipeline would come in handy. But we can’t risk spilling oil on turtles in Nebraska, can we?

Steve Z on May 8, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Just chalk this up as another foreign policy triumph for the Lightbringer administration. The people of Venezuela are truly fortunate to have such a strong defender of freedom in the same hemisphere.

NOMOBO on May 8, 2014 at 3:07 PM

water&electricy#

forthechildren#

-mo

D-fusit on May 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Socialism: Works Sucks every time it’s tried…….

djm1992 on May 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Venezuela political protests 2014
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., urges the White House for Venezuela sanctions: ‘The erosion of democratic order in the hemisphere is deeply troubling’ – @Jordanfabian
read more on fusion.net
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https://twitter.com/Jordanfabian

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Obama’s government announced the start of electricity rationing in Midwestern Illinois state…

“Under my plan… electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

Grrr…

Fallon on May 8, 2014 at 3:55 PM

As I said, nothing about Venezuela’s economic situation has improved as Maduro has continued to blame the shortages on greedy businessmen

Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it?

*** cough cough ***…. Koch brothers

UltimateBob on May 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Socialism: Works Sucks every time it’s tried…….

djm1992 on May 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Only because they still haven’t done it right. Next time though, its going to work and be wonderful!

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on May 8, 2014 at 4:28 PM

“Under my plan… electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

Grrr…

Fallon on May 8, 2014 at 3:55 PM

“If you like your electricity, you can keep your electricity.”

hawkeye54 on May 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

We still have toilet paper.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Yes, the New York Times is still in print.

KW64 on May 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Venezuela moves on to water and electricity rationing

And that can never happen here.

/s.a.r.c.a.s.m.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Somebody tell me again why socialism is so wonderous.

john1schn on May 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Because Democrats/Progressives/Socialists “care about the poor” and put “people before profits”, and according to the dumb@ss low-information voter crowd, they “share my values” and “care about people like me.” Remember, you’re supposed to judge on intentions and how much someone “cares.” Just the intentions of Socialism, and the fact that Socialists “care” about the right kind of people are supposed to be enough to make it wondrous. Judging on actual results is racist. Or fascist. Or something…….

djm1992 on May 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

The Western World may be collapsing under its own weight, but it seems to be happening in fast-forward the further Left you go.

LancerDL on May 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

The reason the western world is collapsing is we’re kicking the Judea-christian leg of what made the west what it was out from under it.

wifarmboy on May 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

maybe I am missing something but how does rubio working on this bill help americans?
every one of these legislators need to stop caring about other countries unless its directly affecting americans.
boy I wish we could repeal the 17th.

dmacleo on May 8, 2014 at 5:22 PM

nobody learns from history, so we are condemned to repeat it.

Mariadee on May 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Drought? Hmmmm…..evidently Mother Nature is also conspiring against El Jeffe.

GarandFan on May 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Maduro is Obama’s hero.

sadatoni on May 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Where’s Krystal Ball? Didn’t they write a book about this stuff?

WryTrvllr on May 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Did someone ask about Sean Penn? Well here you go:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/sean-penn-venezuelas-president-faces-same-challenges-obama-faced-in-2009/

TRB on May 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Did someone ask about Sean Penn? Well here you go:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/sean-penn-venezuelas-president-faces-same-challenges-obama-faced-in-2009/

TRB on May 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Good grief, what happened to Penn? He looks like Barry’s Mother in Law.

Re Venezuela, I guess all Maduro has to do then is ask Barry for some direction.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Socialism: Works Sucks every time it’s tried…….

djm1992 on May 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

It does work-for the power elite that’s in charge.

The ideology is for the suckers of the Outer Party and the Proles.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

This is America’s future under the Obama/Democrat energy policy.

justbob223 on May 8, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The reason the western world is collapsing is we’re kicking the Judea-christian leg of what made the west what it was out from under it.

wifarmboy on May 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

When a white Anglo-Saxon nation follows God half-heartedly, you get Great Britain: astoundingly hypocritical and cruel at times but a force for order and progress all over.

When one follows God whole-heartedly even for a little while, you get America. The fantasies of kings and emperors turned to everyday reality in barely over two centuries. Not even Israel at her best was such a worldwide force.

LawfulGood on May 9, 2014 at 7:18 AM