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Hugo Chavez Vows More Socialism If Reelected

From a cheering Associated Press:

Hugo Chavez vows stronger socialist drive

October 1, 2012

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged to redouble his efforts to create a socialist system if re-elected in Sunday’s election, saying the next six-year term would bring bigger changes.

Did he say anything about how he will be able to be ‘more flexible’ after being re-elected?

Since taking office in 1999, Chavez has increased the government’s role in the economy and has nationalized private businesses including cement plants, banks and retail stores. He has also used the country’s oil wealth to bankroll social programs including cash benefits for poor families and state-run grocery stores.

"We’ve laid the foundations of 21st century socialism and today we launch, well, the second cycle," Chavez said. "We’ll launch the second socialist cycle, from 2013 to 2019, with much more strength." …

That sounds vaguely familiar. So it’s no wonder Chavez endorsed Obama yesterday. But at least he is open and honest about his socialist plans to transform his country.

Rival candidate Henrique Capriles has ridiculed Chavez for claiming to pursue socialist policies, saying the government has failed to solve basic problems such as a soaring murder rate, sporadic blackouts and poorly equipped hospitals.

Mr. Capriles sounds like a nit-picker. We sure hope the Venezuela’s free press are savaging him, as they would be doing in our country. And we hope they are protecting Mr. Chavez as much as our one party news media protects Mr. Obama.

Chavez has recently acknowledged that some may have complaints about his government, such as waiting for public housing or coping with sporadic power outages in some areas. But he’s warned that the country’s independence is at stake, describing Capriles’ proposals as pro-wealthy, "neoliberal," and in line with U.S. interests.

Capriles rejects those labels, saying he would maintain social programs for the poor while welcoming private investment.

Apparently, Mr. Chavez is reading out of the Obama’s class warfare playbook.

Speaking in Cojedes state, the president told a crowd of supporters: "Chavez has never failed you, and Chavez never will fail you." …

By the way, lest we forget, Mr. Chavez was supposed to have been term-limited under Venezuela’s 1999 Constitution. But he had that overturned back in 2009. It was one of the ways in which Chavez has by-passed his obstreperous legislature.

Some polls ahead of the election found Chavez with a lead of about 10 percentage points, while other surveys showed the two candidates roughly even.

Which is something else that sounds strangely familiar. Of course, in both countries, the one party news media plays down those polls showing things close.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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