Socialism? No Thanks. I'd Rather Have Mercury



Author’s note:  Be on the look out for spelling and grammar errors here.  I just don’t give a shit today.



Even most liberals would agree that this could not possibly have a positive net impact:

source: Yahoo News

Venezuela's Maduro cuts prices of toys, computers in 'Merry Christmas' plan

By Corina Pons
CARACAS (Reuters) - In Venezuela, Christmas has begun in November.
President Nicolas Maduro has launched a plan dubbed "Operation Merry Christmas" to lower the cost of toys, clothes and appliances for shoppers, potentially boosting his slumping poll numbers as the country struggles with a weakening economy.
With soldiers selling subsidized holiday food and some 27,000 government inspectors leaning on private businesses to cut prices, Maduro hopes to take the edge off the country's 63 percent inflation during the Christmas shopping season.
That may help him improve approval ratings that dropped to 30 percent in September, according to pollster Datanalisis.
The government's price control czar Andres Mendez kicked off the holiday shopping season earlier this month with orders that businesses keep prices down and warnings that merchants must not charge more than 30 percent markup on any item.
Within days, shops were slashing prices and soldiers were organizing Christmas 'fairs' full of subsidized goods from food to electronics.
One throng of people gathered outside a downtown Caracas toy store to pick up cut-rate Barbie dolls that had been marked down by nearly 80 percent to 553 bolivars, only around $5 at the black market exchange rate.
"I'm buying six Barbies before they run out," said Carmen Suarez, a mother of two who got permission to leave work. "They said I could buy six as long as I didn't buy the same model twice."
The strategy has worked for Maduro before. A year ago, he enjoyed a sharp jump in poll numbers after a theatrical wave of forced price reductions that boosted the Socialist Party's standing in the subsequent municipal elections.
Maduro and his ministers accuse the opposition, together with business leaders, of leading an 'economic war' to artificially spur consumer prices and create product shortages.
His detractors say the country's inflation rate of more than 60 percent, the slowing economy and nagging shortages of staple goods symbolize the failure of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's state-led economic model.
Even those benefiting from the state's largesse are tired of the now-customary long lines.
"The government has good intentions, but they need to find a different way to do this," said Alberto Monsalve, 36, who waited overnight in a line to buy a laptop computer for 8,300 bolivars, less than $75 at the black market exchange rate.



Even Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would understand that this is not sustainable and the end result will be stores going out of business, supplies decimated, and more consumers ending up going without, than if the free market was allowed to operate unfettered, but only because full blown socialism in Venezuela is such an extreme example.

For some reason, liberals are unable to make the connection that if a lot of poison is bad, smaller amounts are still bad, they just don’t kill you as quickly.  For years, mercury was used as a medicine.  Today we know that even minute amounts of it are toxic.  Needless to say, you are not going to see your doctor write you up a prescription for mercury these days.

Socialism is to economies what mercury is to the human body, harmful at any level.  We don’t use mercury to treat patients anymore because it causes harm and does no good, and socialism, at no matter which level it has been administered, has shown to be detrimental with no positive effects as well.    This is not just a matter of theory, it is the result of witnessing real world events, and noting the actual outcomes. 

Think about that, liberals, next time you want to raise the minimum wage, impose price controls, or subsidize anything. A lot of socialism is bad, but so is a little. A little just kills an economy more slowly.

It’s time for Socialism to go the way of medicinal mercury, and become no more than a curiosity in textbooks and museums.

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