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Toilet Paper Defeats Venezuelan Socialism
frontpagemag.com ^ | February 2, 2014 | daniel greenfield

Posted on 02/02/2014 12:57:53 PM PST by lowbridge

This is what turning a working country into a Socialist country leads to.

After his annual address to parliament last month, Maduro declared 2014 “the year of the ultimate triumph in the economic war,” announced a new team of economic managers and decreed a law capping business profits at 30 percent.

“You can be sure we will be inspecting everyone, sooner or later,” Maduro warned, part of the “New Economic Order” he vows to create.

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Soon word spread that the long-awaited rolls had arrived, and despite a government-imposed limit of one package per person, the checkout lines stretched all the way to the decimated dairy case in the back of the store.

“This is so depressing,” said Maria Plaza, 30, a lawyer, an hour and a half into her wait. “Pathetic.”

Pathetic, in a country with the world’s largest petroleum reserves and oil prices at nearly $95 a barrel, yet unable to supply basic goods because of its crumbling local currency and a shortage of U.S. dollars.

“Soon we’ll be using newspaper, just like they do in Cuba!” said an elderly man nearby, inching forward in line. “Yeah! Like Cuba!” others shouted.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: socialism; venezuela

1 posted on 02/02/2014 12:57:53 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Toilet paper ... those evil capitalist Koch Brothers make it by the boat load.


2 posted on 02/02/2014 1:00:51 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: lowbridge
To paraphrase Billy Wilder:

Venezuela is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can't tear the toilet paper.

3 posted on 02/02/2014 1:04:22 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Back in 1980 I was flying a helicopter in support of a UN bird control operation in Tanzania. Before I departed Nairobi to fly the helo to Tanzania I was asked by the two British ornithologists to please bring light bulbs and toilet paper.

At that time, Tanzania was experiencing the heights of Julius Nyerere’s vision of “African Socialism”.


4 posted on 02/02/2014 1:06:04 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: lowbridge

The people were rubbed the wrong way..


5 posted on 02/02/2014 1:07:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t squeeze the charmin.


6 posted on 02/02/2014 1:11:13 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: lowbridge; nickcarraway

Toilet humor seems to be a mod target today.... upsetting.


7 posted on 02/02/2014 1:11:49 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: GeronL

Ping.


8 posted on 02/02/2014 1:12:27 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway
P.s. since i wasn't allowed to post this in your Sochi No Fishing in Toilets thread when I went to post thread was pulled)... here:

PLEASE ЯEFЯAIN FЯOM UPPEЯDECKING.


9 posted on 02/02/2014 1:14:51 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: bicyclerepair

“Don’t squeeze the charm in.”

Don’t charm the Squeezin!


10 posted on 02/02/2014 1:17:20 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: lowbridge

They have shortages of EVERYTHING in Venezuela. It is endemic.

I read some blogs from down there.

It ain’t just toilet paper.


11 posted on 02/02/2014 1:18:22 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Army Air Corps

thanks

They have regular shortages of just about everything. Even basics and staples. There were even blogposts about shortages of, er, feminine hygiene products....


12 posted on 02/02/2014 1:20:07 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: lowbridge

Stalin and Mao solved the shortages by dramatically reducing the number of people. If they could, Nancy and Barry would do the same.


13 posted on 02/02/2014 1:25:49 PM PST by lurk
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To: lowbridge

And Chavez and his successor Maduro remain heros of the left in the blogosphere. Seriously. Put your hip waders on and check out DUmmies and KOStupids if anyone doubts me. /leftism is a mental illness


14 posted on 02/02/2014 1:26:25 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: GeronL

yes GeronL,
But it is a mighty important product ya just don’t care to do without.


15 posted on 02/02/2014 1:34:11 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: lowbridge

History repeats itself. When Nicaragua ran out of toilet paper, that was when the little people finally turned against the Sandinista communists.

People who advocate and support Socialism refuse to understand how it can never be “sustainable”, and they cling to every hope until it utterly fails. That is what happened in Soviet Union (the Worker’s Paradise), that happened in Cambodia, even China under Mao, and now it is happening once again.

Look at what this evil ideology costs in terms of blood, treasure and wasted futures. Every time. FAIL. Utter FAIL.


16 posted on 02/02/2014 1:45:01 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: lowbridge

“This is so depressing,” said Maria Plaza, 30, a lawyer, an hour and a half into her wait. “Pathetic.”

A lawyer waiting in line for an hour and a half to buy TP does kinda make you smile though.


17 posted on 02/02/2014 1:52:12 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: lowbridge
“Soon we’ll be using newspaper"

That, and lining bird cages, is all most newpapers are worth anyway.

18 posted on 02/02/2014 1:57:29 PM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Rodamala

The poor puppy—he’s just trying to get a better view of his master.


19 posted on 02/02/2014 1:59:34 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: lowbridge
I sure remember the toilet paper from when I visited my grandparents in Czechoslovakia during those socialist years. My family always seemed to have enough of it, but the quality was ghastly. It was grey and harsh, and looked like it had been recycled from heaven only knows what.

I also recall how when my brother and his wife traveled back and forth toward the end of the regime, she would always carry extra feminine hygiene products to leave with her women friends.

Ah socialism . . .

20 posted on 02/02/2014 2:06:36 PM PST by Think free or die
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To: GeronL
It ain’t just toilet paper.

Nope, it's also rampant crime. A Venezuelan friend of ours returns home at least annually to visit family. She was waiting in line in the Caracas airport with her significant other when she walked across the room to a shop. Another woman, screamed at her, "They're trying to take him!" She looked back and saw that her fiance was about to be injected by two thugs intent on kidnapping him. He had not seen the needle and did not know what was going on, but she was able to raise an alarm to get help and avoid the kidnapping.

Evidently, the MO is to drug the victim, haul him out as if he's drunk and drain his bank accounts.

This occurred about the same tame as the Venezuelan novela star was killed on the road with her ex-husband.

Her family has refused to leave because of an aged mother who doesn't want to go, but sometimes action should be taken. It's probably too late now.

21 posted on 02/02/2014 2:09:25 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: Beagle8U
A lawyer waiting in line for an hour and a half to buy TP does kinda make you smile though.

He needs it for legal briefs.

22 posted on 02/02/2014 2:12:04 PM PST by Flick Lives (Got a problem with the government? Have a complaint. Get a free IRS audit!)
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To: lowbridge

And the sad, sick thing is that most if not all of the younger, ‘me first’ generation have no idea that socialism causes this sort of thing. They have been fed the Capitalism is Evil meme by their Marxist teachers for so long that they do not fear socialism but they do capitalism.


23 posted on 02/02/2014 2:13:09 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: GeronL

I’m not old enough to remember but my grandmother said that they used rags and washed them out. So we go back to the 19th century. I used cloth diapers. When traveling in third world countries, we used whatever we could find for toilet paper and hoarded it carefully.


24 posted on 02/02/2014 2:21:15 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Rodamala
I'm guessing that Bill didn't ask him about his communist upbringing.


25 posted on 02/02/2014 2:21:33 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Think free or die
I remember very well the beauty of socialist TP. Even well in the 90’s the toilet paper in Eastern Europe was like that. My wife and I after a visit to Bulgaria in 1996 brought a roll as a present to our oldest son. He kept it and showed it off forever. And since I'm reminiscing, the newspaper works if you wrinkle it really, really well.
there was a joke that the best cure for baldness was the newspaper ink. after the obligatory question “why”, the answer was, “have you seen a bald rear end?”
26 posted on 02/02/2014 2:24:30 PM PST by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: Mercat

Sears and Roebuck catalogs were top of the TP list at one time.


27 posted on 02/02/2014 2:24:44 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: lowbridge

Headlines...................sh## defeats sh##


28 posted on 02/02/2014 2:30:14 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: lowbridge

Headlines...................sh## defeats sh##


29 posted on 02/02/2014 2:31:09 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: lowbridge

Obama can’t wait to make this nation like that.


30 posted on 02/02/2014 2:33:38 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: theBuckwheat
People who advocate and support Socialism refuse to understand how it can never be “sustainable”, and they cling to every hope until it utterly fails. That is what happened in Soviet Union (the Worker’s Paradise), that happened in Cambodia, even China under Mao, and now it is happening once again.

Socialism is attractive for as long as most people can think that "redistribution" means they get more stuff.

It loses attraction when people realize there is now nothing to redistribute.

31 posted on 02/02/2014 2:35:02 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: lowbridge

Uh, this is exactly what life was like in the Soviet Union. OF COURSE there are shortages of everything but hot air. Wonder why Chavez and Maduro thought the system would produce different results under them. Wonder why anyone in Venezuela believed them that it would.


32 posted on 02/02/2014 2:37:41 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: lowbridge

Capping profits at thirty percent will lead to all kinds of creative bookkeeping.


33 posted on 02/02/2014 2:45:05 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: 05 Mustang GT Rocks
Growing in Spain in the 70s I got to "enjoy" the toilet tissue "El Elefante" (the elephant). It was like using brown paper towels!


34 posted on 02/02/2014 4:19:28 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Rodamala

Childish and irrelevant.


35 posted on 02/02/2014 4:20:41 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: theBuckwheat
People who advocate and support Socialism refuse to understand how it can never be “sustainable”, and they cling to every hope until it utterly fails... Every time. FAIL. Utter FAIL.

Nah. Our elites will get it right when they get their chance. Guaranteed.

The problem in these other places is the wrong people ended up in charge. Our Socialists are smarter, more enlightened, with better intentions. They will get it right this time!

36 posted on 02/02/2014 4:27:30 PM PST by Gritty (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out! - David Horowitz)
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To: GeronL

well women made do before modern tampons. washable rag sanitary napkins.


37 posted on 02/02/2014 5:05:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Beagle8U

yup. :-)


38 posted on 02/02/2014 5:06:23 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Wasn’t it the Sears catalog that did traditional duty?


39 posted on 02/02/2014 5:17:46 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Former Fetus

Looks just like John Wayne TP - rough, tough, and don’t take shiite from nobody.


40 posted on 02/02/2014 6:09:26 PM PST by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: 05 Mustang GT Rocks

It depends... one side was shiny, it would not dry or absorb at all... the other side was like sandpaper. Even though it says 400 sheets on the wrapping, it was not perforated, meaning one could get a piece as long as one wanted! Just be careful not to have any creases or folds, it would really hurt. Legend has it that a famous criminal, serving a life sentence in Spain, wrote his autobiography on Elephant toilet tissue because of its durability!


41 posted on 02/02/2014 6:38:24 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Bigg Red

I wasn’t posting to you, but thanks for adding legitimacy to my post to nickcarraway.


42 posted on 02/02/2014 6:49:20 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: lowbridge

Amazing what misery people will put up with in order to ensure nobody gets more than their fair share


43 posted on 02/02/2014 6:52:16 PM PST by BRL
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To: Former Fetus

That narrow brown Bulgarian toilet paper was perforated but tore everywhere else but the perforations. And it was rarely available. Kinda like the Venezuelan thing. The socialism offers equal misery to the peons regardless of the country or continent.


44 posted on 02/02/2014 6:54:35 PM PST by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: lowbridge
Toilet Paper in Sochi Raddison Hotel


45 posted on 02/02/2014 6:56:50 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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