Refugiadas Venezolanas

We are about to face a new flood of economic refugees. We need border security as soon as we can get it. President Trump needs to mobilize Army and National Guard resources to aid Border Patrol and ICE to stem the anticipated flow.

Remember what a disaster it was for Europe when four million Syrians fled their homes? Perhaps our situation is not nearly so dire, but the United Nations is predicting two million people will flee Venezuela this year. That is a lot of refugees. Many will go to Brazil or other parts of South America. Columbia is the obvious first choice for many Venezuelans, but Columbia is already flooded with one and a quarter million Venezuelan refugees. Three million people have left Venezuela in the past two years. Venezuelans are going to be headed for America.

We have observed before about the disaster unfolding in Venezuela. An oil-rich country that is strapped for cash, and, in the face of declining world oil prices, their production is down by nearly a third from levels of production of just a few years ago. That is because Nicolas Maduro has put the military in charge of Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, the state-run oil company that stole oil patch assets from oil companies two decades ago under Hugo Chavez. By not paying adequate salaries to oil industry technicians, they lost trained people, who were some of the first to flee. Now they are trying to run a vertically-integrated monopoly without enough trained workers to keep the equipment operating.

And, despite this marvelous lesson playing out in our own hemisphere, half of America now prefers socialism to capitalism.

What does it take to get video of food riots in Venezuela onto American news shows? Media silence is keeping this story from providing the object lesson we desperately need.

The rising numbers of Venezuelan refugees is the talk of all of Latin America. It is time to push it into the national conversation in the U.S.A.

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8 thoughts on “Refugiadas Venezolanas”

  1. Socialist disaster wrecks the national oil company. This is a great long feature article that shows just how socialism has ruined the oil business that Venezuela desperately needs. You might think an article about an oil company would be about industry or economics, but this article is about socialism. With big oil, beautiful mountains and beaches, Venezuela should be a first-world western powerhouse; instead they are a shithole country. Sad.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-pdvsa-military-specialrepor/special-report-oil-output-goes-awol-in-venezuela-as-soldiers-run-pdvsa-idUSKCN1OP0RZ

    The short version:

    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/venezuela-socialist-disaster-oil/

     

    Venezuela was living way below their potential for decades before they voted for socialism. I am convinced that their long legacy of corruption is what led to the awful state of ruin they are currently experiencing.

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  2. Venezuela was living way below their potential for decades before they voted for socialism. I am convinced that their long legacy of corruption is what led to the awful state of ruin they are currently experiencing.

    I think this is completely true, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t deliberately vote to ruin their country.

    I suspect they voted for Chavez for the same reason many Americans voted for Trump, or others vote for imbeciles like AOC.

    They were fed up with a political class that as you say ran the country well below its potential for decades, and they lost patience with the endless excuses from usual suspects and their relentless corruption and incompetence.

    Alas, instead of getting a Trump or a Pinochet, they got a Castro.

    Awful, but also as you say we should hasten to bring this to the attention of the American public to help us avoid the same fate.

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  3. Xennady:

    Venezuela was living way below their potential for decades before they voted for socialism. I am convinced that their long legacy of corruption is what led to the awful state of ruin they are currently experiencing.

    I think this is completely true, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t deliberately vote to ruin their country.

    I suspect they voted for Chavez for the same reason many Americans voted for Trump, or others vote for imbeciles like AOC.

    They were fed up with a political class that as you say ran the country well below its potential for decades, and they lost patience with the endless excuses from usual suspects and their relentless corruption and incompetence.

    Alas, instead of getting a Trump or a Pinochet, they got a Castro.

    Awful, but also as you say we should hasten to bring this to the attention of the American public to help us avoid the same fate.

    Well, if Trump says he wants power to be taken away from congress and power to be added to the presidency, and wants the presidential term limit lifted, and wants veto power over the state governments, and then jails opposition party leaders and journalists, then he will start to look a lot like Hugo Chavez.

    Would the low-information voters on our side continue to vote for him in that scenario?

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  4. For  generations the US has handcuffed potential allies in Latin America. We’ve told them they must fight via the Marquess of Queensberry rules while  their enemies follow no rules. Thus Daniel Ortega rules Nicaragua and Chavez was not put to death after his failed 1992 coup

    President Trump needs to announce that those days are over. He should start a speech with “Nicholas Maduro must die. Painfully.”

    Trump should publish a first list of perhaps 10 names including Maduro and his closest allies. Trump should announce that he expects all those on that list to be killed. Collateral damage in terms of killing family members and associates is  acceptable. The US will not restore relations with Venezuela as long as any of those on the list are alive in country.

    Trump should also publish  a second list of perhaps 40 more names whose deaths would be acceptable. The US will not object to the extra-judicial killings of those on the list along with any collateral killings.

    Finally, Trump should announce that every week he will shift some names from the second list to the first and add some names to the second. This will provide incentive for persons either on the second list or fearing they are about to be added to the second list to initiate a coup to terminate all those on the first list.

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  5. ctlaw:
    President Trump needs to announce that those days are over. He should start a speech with “Nicholas Maduro must die. Painfully.”

    Trump should publish a … list ….

    That might be a way to address the crisis in Venezuela, but would it lead to reform or to chaos?

    I think that if President Trump were to get really aggressive against Team Maduro in the way recommended, that would precipitate an international crisis.   In a dozen third world countries lists would appear of friends of America marked for assassinations.   Democrats and Big Media would go entirely nuts, encouraging their street thugs to go violent in blue cities.   It would be one way to precipitate armageddon, but not a good way.

    Venezuela is not a battle that President Trump needs to fight, or at least not now.   He is already engaged in the battle for border security, which will keep the Venezuelan horde out.

    Down the road, though, it appears to me that the Venezuelan problem has the potential to destabilize a half dozen other Latin American countries.   The whole mess may yet fall into the United States’s lap.

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  6. Let the Venezuelans come, upon condition that each one makes a video explaining how socialism has made his or her life unbearable. Let each one pledge to a few hours of public service to devote to educating the American public on this topic.

    Nah.  Never happen.  They’ll come.  They’ll stay. And in a few years they’ll be trashing America, like Ilhan Omar , who oughta be down on her knees thanking Allah we gave her a way out of dungpit Somalia.

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  7. Well, if Trump says he wants power to be taken away from congress and power to be added to the presidency, and wants the presidential term limit lifted, and wants veto power over the state governments, and then jails opposition party leaders and journalists, then he will start to look a lot like Hugo Chavez.

    Perhaps I was unclear. I’m specifically thinking of the first time Chavez won an election- which may have even been an honest victory,  but certainly only because some large fraction of the voters didn’t realize where it would end.

    Later, when Venezuela started to go tango uniform, the Chavez regime resorted to all sorts of thuggish trickery to avoid defeat. Maduro is even worse than Chavez, alas.

    Would the low-information voters on our side continue to vote for him in that scenario?

    Low information voters on our side! Crazy talk!

    I find it hard to believe any non-leftist or anti-leftist candidate could ever compete in an election without every flaw being shrieked from every rooftop and taught to every elementary school child.

    I suspect everyone who voted for Trump knew full well about his flaws and made an informed choice to tolerate them.

    Leftist candidates, on the other hand, campaign under a veil of secrecy.

    Hence, the grim fate of Venezuela. I stand by my claim that the people of Venezuela wouldn’t have voted for their present regime if they had known what was coming- or if they had been aware of how badly socialism has failed everywhere else it had come to power.

    I will further assert- based on my assertion- that their previous regime failed to make a good case against the left for roughly the same reason ours has here, whatever that reason is.

    Thus, all we need to do is figure out why the GOP has been so unable to stop the American left, correct the flaw- and we’ll be saved!

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