Venezuela is no utopia


While reading Harvey Rosenwasser’s Jan. 29 letter on Venezuela, I thought I was reading the Communist Manifesto. Poverty, rather than being diminished is rampant and the poor people’s vote is purchased with a TV set in Venezuela. And if you happen to hear that a store received fresh chickens, there’s a stampede of people to buy one. Your index finger is marked with ink indicating that you bought your allotment for a few days.

Yet the Venezuelan government that he so lauds has spent nearly $15 billion in buying 25 advance Shukoi-30 fighter bombers, seven submarines, 100 anti-aircraft missile batteries, five frigates, 40 Chinese jet trainers, plus parts and ammunition. Isn’t this what communist governments do? Have the weapons to oppress the people and feed them the communist verbiage to keep them fooled?

Rosenwasser may want to consider moving to such idealistic places like Cuba, Venezuela or Vietnam in order to enjoy the benefits of those governments.

Mario W. Vasquez, Miami

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