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Chavez threatens more nationalizations
The Seattle Times ^ | February 14, 2007 | Christopher Toothaker AP

Posted on 02/14/2007 6:55:52 PM PST by jazusamo

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez threatened Wednesday to nationalize any privately owned supermarkets and food storage facilities caught hoarding inventories or violating price controls imposed on basic goods.

Accusing private companies of hoarding beef and other foods, Chavez warned supermarket owners and distributors that he would nationalize their facilities as soon as they gave him "an excuse."

"If they remain committed to violating the interests of the people, the constitution, the laws, I'm going to take the food storage units, corner stores, supermarkets and nationalize them," Chavez said during a televised broadcast. "So prepare yourselves!"

Chavez has been intent on nationalizing "strategic" sectors of the economy since winning re-election in December. He has moved quickly to buy out private interests in leading electricity and phone companies since the National Assembly gave him authority to enact sweeping measures by decree and accelerate the country's socialist transformation.

Earlier this week the government signed deals to buy stakes in local companies owned by two U.S. corporations - Verizon Communications Inc and CMS Energy Corp. There are no major U.S. interests, however, involved in the supermarket or food storage business in Venezuela.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chavez; socialism

1 posted on 02/14/2007 6:55:53 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: proud_yank

Chavez Ping


2 posted on 02/14/2007 6:57:26 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

It's probably the people of Venezuela who are most threatened here.


3 posted on 02/14/2007 7:02:56 PM PST by alecqss
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To: jazusamo

The people have voted


4 posted on 02/14/2007 7:05:20 PM PST by Lacey13
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To: jazusamo

Sell out of all food items and close the door and let him have it.


5 posted on 02/14/2007 7:09:36 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: jazusamo

Is that a threat or a promise?


6 posted on 02/14/2007 7:11:23 PM PST by popdonnelly (Conservatives must have their own long march through the institutions.)
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To: popdonnelly

Good point, it'll happen and it won't stop with the supermarkets.


7 posted on 02/14/2007 7:16:51 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

Chavez, king of the looters!


8 posted on 02/14/2007 7:18:42 PM PST by TheDon (Are you a cut and run conservative?)
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To: jazusamo

Any reeducation camps rumors yet?


9 posted on 02/14/2007 7:18:48 PM PST by sgtyork (Prove to us that you can enforce the borders first)
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To: jazusamo

The chain stores are selling these goods at higher than price control levels to black market traffickers who then sell to the public at an even higher price.

Commies never get it, do they.


10 posted on 02/14/2007 7:18:54 PM PST by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: jazusamo

It's like Liberal heaven down there. Unfortunately leftists are too stupid to learn any lessons from it.


11 posted on 02/14/2007 7:19:19 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: jazusamo

Next we'll be seeing pictures of starving kids in Venezuela -- who will experience the same fate at that other confiscator of private property in Zimbabwe...

Semper Fi


12 posted on 02/14/2007 7:24:53 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: jazusamo

Any different than hitlery wanting to nationalize health care and take away the profits of the energy companies.


13 posted on 02/14/2007 7:28:26 PM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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To: Bob J

No they don't. Those oil dollars are being stretched real thin and the people are going to suffer greatly because of this thug.


14 posted on 02/14/2007 7:28:57 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo

Now, let's compare an average supermarket in the West with, say, a suppermarket of the former Soviet Union. Whoops, no comparison. I feel sorry for the people of Venezuela, and Jimmy Carter screwed up again.


15 posted on 02/14/2007 7:31:39 PM PST by popdonnelly (Conservatives must have their own long march through the institutions.)
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To: sgtyork

"Any reeducation camps rumors yet?"

Any assasssination rumors yet? I'm sorry, that was insensitive.


16 posted on 02/14/2007 7:32:43 PM PST by popdonnelly (Conservatives must have their own long march through the institutions.)
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To: OldFriend
Yep, we saw and heard the Beast the other day say she will take those profits. That's one thing she has said that I believe.
17 posted on 02/14/2007 7:33:35 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: river rat
Next we'll be seeing pictures of starving kids in Venezuela

No we won't it'll be blocked out by our MSM while celebrities and left-wingers visit the "good" parts of Venezuela just like they do in Cuba now.

18 posted on 02/14/2007 7:35:00 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Good night Chesty, wherever you are!)
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To: martin_fierro

GW could take him in the later rounds, Chavez probably wouldn't answer the bell for the 7th or later givin' GW a TKO. :-)

PS: Chaves could take kerry.


19 posted on 02/14/2007 7:36:09 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: jazusamo
Chavez will be making Cuba a Venezuelan puppet state.

He will also be making a South American/Caribbean NATO/Warsaw Pact-type military alliance bringing local militaries under his direction in the name of regional security.

Calculated incrementalism is hard to stop even when you see it coming from miles away.

20 posted on 02/14/2007 7:58:39 PM PST by Sax
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To: jazusamo

Chavez announces more nationalizations to an adoring public

Four years later, adoring public throws Chavez a party.

21 posted on 02/14/2007 8:14:16 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (ĦEl proletariado del mundo, une! - Xuygo Chavez)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Food shortages, already. He must be super socialist.


22 posted on 02/14/2007 8:24:09 PM PST by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: jazusamo

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/munch/munch.scream.jpg


23 posted on 02/14/2007 8:29:08 PM PST by NickatNite2003 (From the Man from Hope" to the wife who snarls "Abandon All Hope!")
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To: jazusamo

Soon the old Soviet joke will be in vogue:

"I can't figure it out, everybody's working, but there's nothing on the shelves."


24 posted on 02/14/2007 8:46:45 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Boycott all Leftist Media, ignore them and they will go away...)
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To: jazusamo

As if there's a possibility that Commie's NOT going to take over all of their other money-generating stuff, and beyond.


25 posted on 02/14/2007 8:59:09 PM PST by MonicaG (In hoc signo vinces. The whole world will see justice done.)
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To: OldFriend

Excellent point!


26 posted on 02/14/2007 9:00:18 PM PST by MonicaG (In hoc signo vinces. The whole world will see justice done.)
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To: jazusamo

"Venezuelan subjects prepare to eat dirt and ride bicycles"


27 posted on 02/14/2007 9:04:16 PM PST by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: jazusamo

Chavez, the Communist moron, is about to get a huge lesson in economics. Unfortunately, the Venezuelan people will be paying the price. Oh well, I guess they deserve it since they re-elected him.


28 posted on 02/14/2007 9:06:09 PM PST by tpbuilder
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To: popdonnelly

"I'm sorry, that was insensitive"
You forgot the sarcasm tag. I will celebrate chavez's and castro's deaths equally.


29 posted on 02/14/2007 9:19:39 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: jazusamo

Ah ha! At last! Hitlery's running mate!


30 posted on 02/14/2007 9:25:32 PM PST by hardworking (The 'best' Republican candidate is the one that can defeat Hitlery-Osama. Period.)
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To: jazusamo

"government signed deals to buy stakes in local companies owned by two U.S. corporations - Verizon Communications Inc and CMS Energy Corp."
Don't know CMS Energy, but I hope Verizon's stockholders are prepared for a bit of a loss .


31 posted on 02/14/2007 9:26:44 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: jazusamo

More nationalization? I'm shocked! /s


32 posted on 02/14/2007 11:02:03 PM PST by TigersEye (Ego chatters endlessly on. Mind speaks in great silence.)
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To: jazusamo
"Those oil dollars are being stretched real thin and the people are going to suffer greatly because of this thug..."

Well said. There is no amount of wealth leftists can't steal and squander.

33 posted on 02/15/2007 5:08:23 AM PST by olderwiser
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