Awesome excuse for being useless socialists

With David Cunliffe announcing his big lurch to the left and the coming pay off to the unions for backing him we should get used to excuses like this flowing from his lying lips when things start to go awry in the socialist paradise he plans to set up.

Today, prices are rising at more than 45 percent a month, the worst in Latin America. Hoarding is now a cottage industry, as shoppers try to get a jump on price gougers by snapping up staple goods by the trunk-load. Eggs, milk and butter are the new luxury items. Maduro’s handlers have sought to spin scarcity into evidence of the booming consumer economy. Toilet paper is in short supply because Venezuelans are eating better than ever, said the head of the national office of statistics, Elias Eljuri. 

But just in case, last month Caracas ordered government intervention into a toilet paper factory, while Venezuelans have turned finding bathroom supplies into a logistical sporting event. In late September, Maduro also issued an emergency decree to import 3.5 million tons of food for $4.7 billion, to keep retailers from shutting their doors. And when word of that economic debacle spread, the government said it would ration imports of newsprint.

Whenever the news got this bad in Venezuela under Chavez, the default strategy was to point a finger at foreign powers—usually Washington—and their rightwing fellow travelers at home. Chavez had expelled the U.S. ambassador in 2008.

True to script, his disciple Maduro late last month alleged a gringo conspiracy and ordered three other senior U.S. diplomats to vacate Caracas in 48 hours. His claims—that the White House had allegedly barred his plane from crossing American airspace and was plotting  to cripple his government—sounded as shopworn as hisadios. “Yankee, go home!” he barked on a nationwide broadcast.

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