Political Forums  

Go Back   Defending The Truth Political Forum > Political Forum > Current Events

Current Events Current Events Forum - Latest political news and events


Thanks Tree7Thanks
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old May 16th, 2013, 07:57 PM   #1
Banned
 
excalibur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: The Milky Way
Posts: 24,581
Venezuela Runs Out of Toilet Paper - Socialism At Work

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuelans scrambled to stock up on toilet paper Thursday as fears of a bathroom emergency spread despite the socialist government's promise to import 50 million rolls.

After years of economic dysfunction, the country has gotten used to shortages of medicines and basic food items like milk and sugar but the scarcity of bathroom tissue has caused unusual alarm.

"Even at my age, I've never seen this," said 70-year-old Maria Rojas. She said she had been looking for toilet paper for two weeks when she finally found it at a supermarket in downtown Caracas.

Thousands of rolls flew off the store's shelves as consumers streamed in and loaded up shopping carts Thursday morning.

"I bought it because it's hard to find," said Maria Perez, walking out with several rolls of paper.

"Here there's a shortage of everything butter, sugar, flour," she said. But the latest shortage is particularly worrisome "because there always used to be toilet paper."

Economists say Venezuela's shortages of some consumer products stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government's controls on foreign currency.

President Nicolas Maduro, who was selected by the dying Hugo Chavez to carry on his "Bolivarian revolution," claims that anti-government forces, including the private sector, are causing the shortages in an effort to destabilize the country.

The government this week announced it would import 760,000 tons of food and 50 million rolls of toilet paper.

Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming said "excessive demand" for tissue had built up due to a "media campaign that has been generated to disrupt the country."

He said monthly consumption of toilet paper was normally 125 million rolls, but current demand "leads us to think that 40 million more are required."

"We will bring in 50 million to show those groups that they won't make us bow down," he said.

That was little comfort to consumers struggling to find bathroom supplies. Several supermarkets visited by The Associated Press in the capital on Wednesday and Thursday were out of toilet paper. Those that received fresh batches quickly filled up with shoppers as the word spread.

"I've been looking for it for two weeks," Cristina Ramos said at a store on Wednesday. "I was told that they had some here and now I'm in line."

Finance Minister Nelson Merentes said the government was also addressing the lack of foreign currency, which has resulted in the suspension of foreign supplies of raw materials, equipment and spare parts to Venezuelan companies, disrupting their production.

"We are making progress ... we have to work very hard," Merentes told reporters Wednesday.

Many factories operate at half capacity because the currency controls make it hard for them to pay for imported parts and materials. Business leaders say some companies verge on bankruptcy because they cannot extend lines of credit with foreign suppliers.

Merentes said the government had met the U.S. dollar requests of some 1,500 small- and medium-sized companies facing supply problems, and was reviewing requests from a similar number of larger companies.

Chavez imposed currency controls a decade ago trying to stem capital flight as his government expropriated large land parcels and dozens of businesses.

Anointed by Chavez as his successor before the president died from cancer, Maduro won a close presidential election April 14 against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who refused to accept the result, claiming Maduro won through fraud and voter intimidation. He filed a complaint to the Supreme Court, asking for the vote to be annulled, though that's highly unlikely to happen since the court is packed with government-friendly justices.

Patience is wearing thin among consumers who face shortages and long lines at supermarkets and pharmacies. Last month, Venezuela's scarcity index reached its highest level since 2009, while the 12-month inflation rate has risen to nearly 30 percent. Shoppers often spend several days looking for basic items, and stock up when they find them.

___

Associated Press videojournalist Vicente Marquez contributed to this report.
Thanks from sumara
excalibur is offline  
Old May 16th, 2013, 08:22 PM   #2
RNG
Senior Member
 
RNG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Between everywhere
Posts: 29,707
Who gives a shit?
Thanks from Tony
RNG is offline  
Old May 17th, 2013, 07:29 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
roastpork's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Chicago
Posts: 8,640
They should just carry a plastic water bottle, like they do in Iraq.
roastpork is offline  
Old May 17th, 2013, 06:26 PM   #4
Banned
 
Truth Detector's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ventura CA
Posts: 7,515
Quote:
Originally Posted by RNG View Post
Who gives a shit?
THAT is funny!!
Truth Detector is offline  
Old May 17th, 2013, 06:29 PM   #5
Banned
 
Truth Detector's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ventura CA
Posts: 7,515
Venezuela is a study in failed leftist idealism. It is the continuing laboratory of failure which was totally predictable, by people like, even with the vast oil resources the country has.

Shortages, rampant runaway inflation and massive corruption and crime. This is the crystal ball one could see where Obamunism would take this nation if not for he Republicans in the house.
Thanks from sumara
Truth Detector is offline  
Old May 17th, 2013, 06:40 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: NC
Posts: 11
actually, the Illinois legislature, when it was paying vendors 9 months after a billing, ran out of toilet paper intermittently, because word got around that no one would be paid for 9 months, so employees were going to Costco, Sam's, etc and bringing it in themselves.
advocate is offline  
Old May 17th, 2013, 07:14 PM   #7
Banned
 
TNVolunteer73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lebanon, TN
Posts: 35,839
we could ship the corn cobs.
TNVolunteer73 is offline  
Old May 17th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Gamma Solaris
Posts: 22,931
I have TP with alternating pix of what that Danish cartoonist made...along with the Ayatollah Khomeini and Bin Laden...a fitting metaphoric view on our life and times.
Tony is offline  
Old May 17th, 2013, 10:01 PM   #9
RNG
Senior Member
 
RNG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Between everywhere
Posts: 29,707
So a couple of years ago Chavez decides to make milk cheap for his citizens. He does this by setting a retail price for milk and any retailer that charges more is harshly penalized. Only one problem, the price that the farmer would get at that retail price doesn't pay for the feed for the cattle. So the farmers sell off their milk cows as beef and the country runs out of milk.

One of many links - Got milk? Venezuela often doesn't - Features - Al Jazeera English - I chose Al Jazeera so the lefties couldn't accuse me of cherry picking some right wing blog.

Centrally planned economies are bad news even when a little intelligence is used. When an idiot like Chavez o/e does it - look out. Toilet paper may become hard to find.
Thanks from sumara
RNG is offline  
Old May 18th, 2013, 07:13 AM   #10
Banned
 
TNVolunteer73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lebanon, TN
Posts: 35,839
Quote:
Originally Posted by RNG View Post
So a couple of years ago Chavez decides to make milk cheap for his citizens. He does this by setting a retail price for milk and any retailer that charges more is harshly penalized. Only one problem, the price that the farmer would get at that retail price doesn't pay for the feed for the cattle. So the farmers sell off their milk cows as beef and the country runs out of milk.

One of many links - Got milk? Venezuela often doesn't - Features - Al Jazeera English - I chose Al Jazeera so the lefties couldn't accuse me of cherry picking some right wing blog.

Centrally planned economies are bad news even when a little intelligence is used. When an idiot like Chavez o/e does it - look out. Toilet paper may become hard to find.
only one reason socialism fails everytime.
TNVolunteer73 is offline  
Reply

  Defending The Truth Political Forum > Political Forum > Current Events

Tags
paper, runs, socialism, toilet, venezuela, work



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Situation in Venezuela The White House The White House 1 April 17th, 2013 09:03 AM
U.S., Venezuela evict ambassadors in diplomatic spat msnbc.com Current Events 0 December 30th, 2010 07:27 AM
Venezuela's fiery Chavez to speak at U.N. CNN Current Events 2 September 24th, 2009 09:57 AM


Facebook Twitter RSS Feed



Copyright © 2005-2013 Defending The Truth. All rights reserved.