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Venezuela weighs pet food price controls
CNN ^ | 5:14 PM EST, Mon January 13, 2014 | Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

Posted on 01/14/2014 10:18:30 AM PST by Pan_Yan

(CNN) -- Cats and dogs in Venezuela may soon get a taste of the South American country's brand of socialism.

President Nicolas Maduro announced plans Sunday to consider controlling pet food prices as part of efforts to help street animals.

Price controls have become a staple of Venezuela's economic policies, drawing praise from supporters of Maduro and his government who say they make items more affordable for the poor. Opponents have sharply criticized such policies, arguing that they fuel goods shortages and harm businesses.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: communism; pricecontrols; socialism; venezuela
Socialists are so stupid.
1 posted on 01/14/2014 10:18:30 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
To Minnesota Station [The farm bill is stalled over Soviet-style price controls on milk.]

2 posted on 01/14/2014 10:20:24 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Pan_Yan
President Nicolas Maduro announced plans Sunday to consider controlling pet food prices as part of efforts to  help street animals > finish starving the rabble.
3 posted on 01/14/2014 10:23:08 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Pan_Yan

Watch for increased shortages of pet food and increased abundance of starved animals.


4 posted on 01/14/2014 10:25:10 AM PST by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Pan_Yan
RE :”Price controls have become a staple of Venezuela's economic policies, drawing praise from supporters of Maduro and his government who say they make items more affordable for the poor. Opponents have sharply criticized such policies, arguing that they fuel goods shortages and harm businesses.”

Tried under Nixon in 1970s and it didn't work.

There were many ways to get around this, make minor changes to product or packaging and deem it a new product with a new price.

5 posted on 01/14/2014 10:25:15 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Pan_Yan

Pets will get a lot leaner.


6 posted on 01/14/2014 10:27:00 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Pan_Yan

Price controls always lead to shortages. Chavez tried this with food and grocery stores had bare shelves.


7 posted on 01/14/2014 10:37:12 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: sickoflibs

Tried at least as far back as Roman Emperor Diocletian, and possibly 2000 years before that in Babylonia.

Never works.

Actually, that’s not true. They always work, just not as intended.


8 posted on 01/14/2014 10:37:36 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Pan_Yan

It will soon be impossible to find the pet food brands they like, maybe any dog food brand.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 10:38:04 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL
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10 posted on 01/14/2014 10:50:32 AM PST by Zeneta
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To: Maceman

Didn’t they recently do this with toilet paper which led to a ......toilet paper shortage?


11 posted on 01/14/2014 10:55:43 AM PST by sheana
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To: Pan_Yan

Where will pet food come from when the price is less than the cost of production?


12 posted on 01/14/2014 11:05:55 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Pan_Yan

This will clearly solve their economic woes!


13 posted on 01/14/2014 11:14:04 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Where will pet food come from when the price is less than the cost of production?

The pet food faerie! Same as all other consumer goods in the Venezuelan economy.

Isn't socialism grand?

14 posted on 01/14/2014 11:15:42 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Pan_Yan

Have they tried raising the minimum wage for cats and dogs?


15 posted on 01/14/2014 11:17:24 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Zeneta

http://daniel-venezuela.blogspot.com/2014/01/wanna-be-my-kitty-maduros-regime-has.html

here is a Venezuelan blog post about it

the comments are pretty good


16 posted on 01/14/2014 11:43:02 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

In Venezuela we have seen government take over of the oil industry and any number of price controls over the years.

What we don’t hear about is the follow-up and how it is affecting the people there.

I suspect these measures are introduced and later modified.

American oil execs and employees are in Venezuela. They are under constant threat of being kidnapped or mugged if they venture to far from their security.

I know that Chavez kicked out the “Americans” but they have been brought back in.

I wonder why we never hear the reports of the abductions and muggings ? or just the stories about how dangerous it really is to be an American in these countries.

We are there at the request and need by these governments, and the American public thinks these countries are “quaint” in their socialism.


17 posted on 01/14/2014 12:13:20 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: Zeneta
What we don’t hear about is the follow-up and how it is affecting the people there.

That is what the blogs are for

18 posted on 01/14/2014 12:40:57 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Pan_Yan

Price ceilings bring shortages. Fido and Fluffy are going to have a hard time.


19 posted on 01/14/2014 12:47:35 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: GeronL

IMHO, it’s the left’s romance with a strong leader in a socialist country.

It’s their preconceived notion that people “must” be led by government.

They love Eva Peron.

Evita !!!

Because she cares.

Nevermind the results.

The left is so extraordinarily superficial I’m continuously surprised by it’s effectiveness.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 12:53:37 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: Zeneta

Argentina has another Eva now and the economy is suffering. Meanwhile the government is trying to take control of the only opposition media left, the newspapers. And they will too.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 12:58:20 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL
Argentina has another Eva now and the economy is suffering. Meanwhile the government is trying to take control of the only opposition media left, the newspapers. And they will too.

Then comes Falklands War, Part Dos.

22 posted on 01/14/2014 12:58:58 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Does Argentina even have the ability to invade? Does the UK have the ability to launch another flotilla?


23 posted on 01/14/2014 1:02:59 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL; dfwgator

Chris Chistie just invoked a classic line.

“For those that know me, you know that I’m...”


24 posted on 01/14/2014 1:03:13 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: Pan_Yan

The pets’ hunger is the last of the worries. These animals will likely be abandoned and left to roam the streets and countrysides.

APf


25 posted on 01/14/2014 1:12:26 PM PST by APFel (Regnum Nostrum Crescit)
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