The Democratic Party-funded cesspool known as Think Progress publishes something rational for perhaps the first time ever and the inmates are bugging out. We may need extra large Hefty bags of popcorn for this.
While even Chavez’s critics admit that he did attempt to address the plight of Venezuela’s poorest, the decline in economic inequality in Venezuela reflected a broader egalitarian trend in Latin America, and can’t be fully credited to Chavez’s policies. However, Chavez’ policies harmed Venezuela’s poorest in other ways: the value of the Venezuelan currency dropped while prices soared, making it harder for people to buy basic necessities, and crime skyrocketed.
Moreover, Chavez hurt the vulnerable in Venezuela in other ways. Chavez’s state-run media hounded Venezuela’s small, beleaguered Jewish population — he himself once said “Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by those wandering Jews.” A study released by the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University found that Chavez’s rule “witnessed a rise in antisemitic manifestations, including vandalism, media attacks, caricatures, and physical attacks on Venezuelan Jewish institutions.” Indeed, roughly half of Venezuelan Jews fled the country because of “the social and economic chaos that the president has unleashed and from the uncomfortable feeling that they were being specifically targeted by the regime.”
That barely scratches the surface of the Chavez brutality. The guy cozied up to every America-hating scumbag on the planet, but your average Think Progress reader loved that about him. Any enemy of America is a friend of theirs, you could say.
Reader reaction is hysterical.
Typical reaction: Hey, he was better than those evil Republicans:
Some folks are under the delusion that Venezuelans living in misery and squalor are somehow better off. Maybe they’re Puffington Host readers.
Anti-Semitic creep Justin Raimondo, despite the author providing evidence, is baffled about the charges of anti-Semitism.
Credibility lost! Oh no!