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Venezuela Now Requires ID Cards – To Buy Food

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Venezuela issues ID cards to curtail food hoarding

By HANNAH DREIER | March 31, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Battling food shortages, the government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle or the most dramatic step yet toward rationing in Venezuela, depending on who is describing it.

So they are requiring an ID card to buy food? Where is Eric Holder? Where is the NAACP?

In any case, in Venezuela your chance at food is now determined by your loyalty to the party. Remember how we were mocked for saying that could be true someday regarding one’s access to ‘free’ government healthcare?

President Nicolas Maduro’s administration says the cards to track families’ purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount. Critics say it’s another sign the oil-rich Venezuelan economy is headed toward Cuba-style dysfunction.

Stop the presses. Since when has the AP considered Cuba to be dysfunctional?

Registration begins at more than 100 government-run supermarkets across the country Tuesday, and working-class shoppers who sometimes endure hours-long lines at government-run stores to buy groceries at steeply reduced prices are welcoming the plan…

Yep. Rationing will make everything fair and everyone happy. Just like it did in Cuba and the USSR. Where the party members have special stores and live high on the hog. While everyone else starves.

Rigid currency controls and a shortage of U.S. dollars make it increasingly difficult for Venezuelans to find imported basic products like milk, flour, toilet paper and cooking oil. Price controls don’t help either, with producers complaining that some goods are priced too low to make a profit and justify production…

You see? The problem is because of a shortage of US dollars. And greedy capitalists who want to make a profit. It’s not because of anything the socialist government is doing.

Patrons will register with their fingerprints, and the new ID card will be linked to a computer system that monitors purchases

Food Minister Felix Osorio says it will sound an alarm when it detects suspicious purchasing patterns, barring people from buying the same goods every day. But he also says the cards will be voluntary, with incentives like discounts and entry into raffles for homes and cars…

So these ID cards really are voluntary. You only need one if you decide to buy food.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Venezuela Now Requires ID Cards – To Buy Food”

  1. Revelation 13:17 – so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

  2. mr_bill

    The government of Venezuela has money to put together a national fingerprint system, issue ID cards, and monitor everybody’s grocery store habits, yet their citizens can’t get “basic products like milk, flour, toilet paper and cooking oil?” Isn’t that interesting? How many government officials are having a hard time getting toilet paper?

    Nothing like that could ever happen here.™


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