Venezuela Dreaming

You can’t make it up.

Unless, of course, you’re Rachel Maddow.

Down there in Venezuela there is a wee bit of a problem. OK, more than a wee bit. After years of a socialist government the country is – no shock – impoverished. In the way of the socialist world the country is now so desperately poor that riots are commonplace.

Which leaves Rachel and her left-leaning MSNBC network with a quandary. How to discuss the constant turmoil without discussing it? Rachel has been nothing if not innovative in doing this.

Says she: “….Venezuelans have been rioting in the streets, while there have been been acute food and medicine shortages in Venezuela — This is a country that should be a rich country, but people have been literally starving in Venezuela —.”

And why might that be? Mum’s the word from Rachel. Not a solitary nod in the direction of the word “socialism” and its connection to those “acute food and medicine shortages in Venezuela.” Ahhh. But ever the sleuth, Rachel has found the culprit. She reveals breathlessly that:

“Somehow in the midst of this incredible economic political crisis in Venezuela, Venezuela’s state-run oil company somewhere found a half-million dollars to donate to the very, very, very inexplicably overfunded Trump inauguration. Venezuela’s state-run oil company gave them a half-million bucks too. So Venezuela’s state-run oil company is dumping money into the Trump inauguration, a half-million bucks.

…I mean Venezuela is in dire straits. It does not have the money to spare, and yet they inexplicably dumped a half-million on Trump.”

Note. Not a word from Rachel as to exactly why Venezuela is in “dire straits.” Nothing about the late socialist Fidel Castro-loving Venezuelan socialist dictator Hugo Chavez and the following per Celebrity Net Worth.  “Hugo Chavez was a Venezuelan politician who had a net worth of $1 billion at the time of his death on March 5th 2013. A 2010 report from Criminal Justice International Associates (CJIA), a global risk assessment and threat mitigation firm estimated that the Chavez family assets totaled between $1 and $2 billion USD.”

A 2010 report from Criminal Justice International Associates (CJIA), a global risk assessment and threat mitigation firm estimated that the Chavez family assets totaled between $1 and $2 billion USD. The vast majority of these assets are oil related and were controlled by Hugo himself prior to his death. The head of the CJIA, Jerry Brewer, asserted that since Hugo’s rise to power in 1999, the extended family has amassed its fortune through both legal and illegal methods. Brewer further estimates that the Chavez family and hundreds of other criminal organization have “subtracted $100 billion out of the nearly $1 trillion in oil income made by PDVSA (Venezuela’s state controlled oil company), since 1999.”

Got that? The socialist dictator of Venezuela absconded with somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 billion out of the country’s oil income from its state-run oil company. And Rachel? Not a peep. But by golly, she has found the real reason for those angry Venezuelans. A mere half-million dollar donation to the Trump inaugural from the CITGO Petroleum Corp., the US-based subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company.

And totally ignored by Rachel? That would be Exxon-Mobile’s quarter million donation to the inauguration festivities – of Barack Obama.  And oh yes, Chevron’s million bucks to the same Obama inaugural.

Apparently Big Oil donations to an inaugural committee are OK with Rachel – as long as they go to Obama.

But whatever you do, comrade? Don’t mention socialism as the real problem in Venezuela. Rachel might get the vapors.