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Venezuela congress grants Chavez decree powers (for 18 months)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/10 | Fabiola Sanchez - ap

Posted on 12/17/2010 3:07:27 PM PST by NormsRevenge

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Hugo Chavez broad powers Friday to enact laws by decree, undermining the clout of a new congress that takes office next month with a bigger opposition bloc.

Chavez opponents condemned the move as a power grab, saying the law will be a blank check for the leftist leader to rule without consulting lawmakers. ..

A new congress goes into session Jan. 5 with an opposition contingent large enough to hinder approval of some types of major laws. Opposition lawmakers say decree powers now give Chavez a blank check to rule autocratically while ignoring the congress.

Chavez has argued he needs decree powers to fast-track funds to help the victims of recent floods and landslides, and also to hasten Venezuela's transition to a socialist state.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: chavez; decree; hugochavez; powers; venezuela
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1 posted on 12/17/2010 3:07:29 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Good bye, VZ.
It’s been good to know ya.


2 posted on 12/17/2010 3:09:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama is absolutely green with envy at Hugo’s dictatoral Communist powers.


3 posted on 12/17/2010 3:09:28 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: NormsRevenge

He will decree himself Dictator for Life within 18 months.

It was going to pass because they also made it a crime for a member of Chavez Party to vote against his/her party. lol.


4 posted on 12/17/2010 3:09:49 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: wac3rd

Yeah, why didn’t Pelosi and Reid think of this for their lame duck session?


5 posted on 12/17/2010 3:11:08 PM PST by Argus
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To: GeronL

He’d better read up on the Romanian Revolution before considering that. It didn’t work out so well for Nicolae Ceausescu.


6 posted on 12/17/2010 3:12:04 PM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Chavez opponents condemned the move as a power grab...”

Nah, no way...


7 posted on 12/17/2010 3:12:55 PM PST by elpinta (John 17:3)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hitler got 4 years.


8 posted on 12/17/2010 3:13:06 PM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: GeronL

“From this day on, the official language of Venezuela will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!”


9 posted on 12/17/2010 3:14:58 PM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: NormsRevenge

The moon over parador just keeps getting dimmer!


10 posted on 12/17/2010 3:19:34 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: NormsRevenge

The final nail. Are the armed forces there so corrupt, they will not mount a coup?


11 posted on 12/17/2010 3:20:28 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: NormsRevenge

> Chavez has argued he needs decree powers ... to hasten
> Venezuela’s transition to a socialist state.

Yes, that’s worked out so well everywhere else it’s been tried.


12 posted on 12/17/2010 3:20:55 PM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hitler would approve!


13 posted on 12/17/2010 3:21:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: NormsRevenge

A lame duck congress passing laws to thwart the will of the people? Does such a thing even happen in civilized countries?


14 posted on 12/17/2010 3:22:03 PM PST by FourPeas (From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Ja 3:10)
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To: NormsRevenge

They must be in cahoots with Chavez — nobody could be that stupid to do this otherwise.


15 posted on 12/17/2010 3:22:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: NormsRevenge

So was his first decree to extend the year by 6 months?


16 posted on 12/17/2010 3:23:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: NormsRevenge

Bloodshed soon to follow I am afraid. If not from the people rising up it will be from Chavez purging his enemies.


17 posted on 12/17/2010 3:23:47 PM PST by born2bfree
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To: GeronL

18 posted on 12/17/2010 3:26:24 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: NormsRevenge
Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Hugo Chavez broad powers Friday to enact laws by decree

Some day soon, we are going to have to deal with this A$$hole. 1800 Russian Surface to air missles? Guess the Monroe Doctrine is dead.

The putz in the WH strikes, again!!!

19 posted on 12/17/2010 3:28:54 PM PST by GoldenPup
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To: born2bfree

I give it two years before we start finding the mass graves.

Sad thing is it would be sooner but Google will probably not allow people to view Venezuela. Chavez will pay them nicely.


20 posted on 12/17/2010 3:29:53 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: NormsRevenge

Only if the great O could be granted such powers, oh wait he has been given many new pwoers by the current congress. these new powers reside in the HC law, Banking bill and others.


21 posted on 12/17/2010 3:34:07 PM PST by stockpirate (Sen. Mitch McConnel (R) has betrayed the Nov. 2, 2010 voters w/his tax bill!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Before the 18 months are up, there will be a military junta in charge. I won’t speculate on where Hugo will be.


22 posted on 12/17/2010 3:34:28 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: NormsRevenge
lol. What a fine example of leftist democracy. Using democracy to abrogate democracy!

REMEMBER YOUR HISTORY. This is why leftist parties started calling themselves "democratic". The statement was "we're not like those dictatorial leftists, no it's OK, we're democratic..."
23 posted on 12/17/2010 3:38:33 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (Leftys who zone in on Palin miss the point. America's not about single figures. That's for NK/Cuba.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Hugo! Pictures, Images and Photos

This'll end well.

24 posted on 12/17/2010 3:39:31 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: NormsRevenge

OK, Who is gonna bet on what he will decree first?


25 posted on 12/17/2010 4:16:01 PM PST by crz
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To: Snickering Hound

Standing by (with popcorn).


26 posted on 12/17/2010 4:21:23 PM PST by pingman (Price is what you pay, value is what you get.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thank goodness Chavez respects the law and will not exercise the power of decree without a law allowing him to do so.


27 posted on 12/17/2010 4:22:24 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: SC_Pete
I won’t speculate on where Hugo will be.

Hopefully, and with a little luck-right where he belongs!
28 posted on 12/17/2010 4:28:57 PM PST by snuffy smiff (always knew the arrogant little jug-eared bastard would be a failure...)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Google is run by folks so liberal that he won’t even have to pay them for that. They will be willing accomplices.


29 posted on 12/17/2010 4:30:52 PM PST by a real Sheila (taglines are for sissies)
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To: snuffy smiff

We can only hope. :)


30 posted on 12/17/2010 4:34:53 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: NormsRevenge

One of the unfortunate aspects of democratic governments is that they can vote themselves out of existence. Chavez used the old “national emergency” hustle to get it done.


31 posted on 12/17/2010 4:38:34 PM PST by gandalftb (OK State, 10-2, Go Cowboys!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh well, as long as its just 18 months. What could go wrong?


32 posted on 12/17/2010 4:41:55 PM PST by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: wac3rd

I’m sure the ‘progressives’ are taking notes for future reference.


33 posted on 12/17/2010 4:47:01 PM PST by griswold3 (Employment is off-shored, away from govt. regulations, price pressure groups, and liabilities.)
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To: NormsRevenge

For all you Pat Roberson detractors and mockers, his 25 cent solution to this grievous, lingering sore would have cured the “problemo instantaneso”


34 posted on 12/17/2010 4:51:05 PM PST by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: NormsRevenge

this is what the dem tried to do during the lame duck period


35 posted on 12/17/2010 4:52:08 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: wac3rd

If you want to see what B. Hussein Obama’s America will be like tomorrow look at Venezuela today.

Contact your congressman, senators, County Sheriff, DA, State Legislators, Governor, and County Grand Jury Foreman and demand that they indict, prosecute, convict and imprison BO and all his local co-conspirators for TSA Sexual Assaults, Voter Fraud, Identity Theft, Illegal Foreign Campaign Contributions, Poisoning of the Gulf of Mexico, Embezzlement of Government funds etc.

http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-to-start-and-lead-citizens-grand.html


36 posted on 12/17/2010 4:53:27 PM PST by FS11
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To: HugoChavez

Smooth move! So, out of curiousity, when are you going to implement the enganchado cruz as your party and national flag, eh, amigo?


37 posted on 12/17/2010 5:12:35 PM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: NormsRevenge
Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Hugo Chavez broad powers Friday to enact laws by decree, undermining the clout of a new congress that takes office next month with a bigger opposition bloc.

I bet O wishes he could have pulled this off. Too bad, he'll just be limited to Executive Orders.

38 posted on 12/17/2010 5:16:59 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: NormsRevenge

"The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I've just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away."

39 posted on 12/17/2010 5:20:35 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: NormsRevenge

Venezuela used to be a country in South America that had a functioning economy and much potential due to educated people, a balance between economic classes (with potential upward mobility), a good farming sector and natural resources, including oil.

Hugo Chavez got in by pandering to the poor, uneducated, landless class. He said he would soak the rich and socialism would take care of every one else.

Now, the oil, mines, large farms and electric plants hardly produce as the prior owners and managers fled or are in jail. The bosses appointed by Chavez are incompetent and corrupt. The poor still are landless, the lights in their homes lack reliable electricity and socialist rationing means food and necessaries are scarce. Chavez has become a tyrant dictator and rules without heed to anyone, including the poor who got him in. Socialism=tyranny and idiot economics.


40 posted on 12/17/2010 5:29:59 PM PST by RicocheT
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To: Argus
Yeah, why didn’t Pelosi and Reid think of this for their lame duck session?

I am sure they thought of it till Obama ran them over with the bus.

41 posted on 12/17/2010 5:31:21 PM PST by SeeSac
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To: RicocheT

Chavez also got in because he was protected by the international left, including those in our State Dept. When he was out at the airport on the tarmac and the military had guns at his head, planning either to kill him or send him to Cuba, it was the US that told them to back off and basically reinstalled Chavez.

This was under Bush, who had congratulated the VZ people on getting rid of him...only to be undermined by his own (mostly Clinton hold-over) State Dept. He made changes later, but by then it was too late.


42 posted on 12/17/2010 5:34:08 PM PST by livius
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To: NormsRevenge

“he needs decree powers to fast-track funds to help the victims of recent floods and landslides”

Never let a good crisis go to waste, I suppose. Now where did I hear that....


43 posted on 12/17/2010 5:45:57 PM PST by samson1097
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks NormsRevenge.
April 18, 2009 -- Cartoon: Chavez gives anti-family planning book to Obama

44 posted on 12/17/2010 6:59:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: BenLurkin
Chavez gives anti-American book as gift to Obama, who accepts it happily

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hands President Obama the book titled "The Open Veins of Latin America" by Eduardo Galeano.

The virulently anti-American book tells how for 500 years Europe and then the U.S. exploited Latin America, leaving it impoverished and governed by corrupt leaders.

It outlines how U.S. capitalistic forces purportedly raped the region's natural resources and stymied Latin America's own development, exploited trade agreements and tariffs for its own interests and victimized the people of the region in exchange for the U.S.'s industrial growth.


45 posted on 12/17/2010 7:03:08 PM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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46 posted on 12/17/2010 7:32:13 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: NormsRevenge

47 posted on 12/17/2010 8:11:43 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Obama to Harry and Nancy - “Why can’t you come up with ideas like this?”


48 posted on 12/17/2010 8:33:55 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Wanna learn humility? Become a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama’s State Dept/Hillary/diplomacy has really been successful, for the communists. Kissing off Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador, a neutered Costa Rica, Panama ?, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil (run by the reds).

Not much democracy left in LA thanks to Obama.

Oh, we forgot. He tried to impose communism on Honduras too.

Where the hell is the CIA now that we need them?


49 posted on 12/17/2010 8:56:03 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: NormsRevenge

Check and mate. It’s official. Venezuela is now a communist dictatorship.


50 posted on 12/17/2010 9:55:58 PM PST by ratsreek
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