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Chavez Plan to Give Away Light Bulbs in US Called ‘Disgrace’

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    Feb 18, 2006
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    A Houston-based oil company will distribute free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to low-income residents of 11 U.S. cities in a new program praised by a liberal activist but criticized by a conservative analyst on Friday as “shameless self-promotion” for Venezuela President Hugo Chavez....

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  2. NaasPreacher (C4K)

    NaasPreacher (C4K) Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2003
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    We do give away programmes all the time. Why would this be wrong?
  3. NiteShift

    NiteShift New Member

    Jul 9, 2005
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    Chavez had better worry about his own country before undertaking more publicity stunts in the US.

    "It is hard to describe how broken Venezuela is. But very few institutions actually work there. Corruption and crime is endemic. The postal system is a joke and can't be used for commerce. So everyone pays in person. Getting a license to legally operate a business is nearly impossible, so people don't bother, leaving themselves open to selective enforcement (extortion) of the laws. Inflation prevents capital formation. The currency is a joke. The official exchange rate is 2,150 Bolivars to the dollar. The smallest paper bill is 500 Bolivars (25 cents). When I travelled there regularly you could still use a credit card at reputable businesses. But now you need to carry a suitcase full of cash just to go out for dinner..."

    "The barrios around Caracas are essentially no mans land run by local thugs. It is estimated that nearly half the electrical power in the city is stolen. You see thousands of illegal taps on the transmission lines. If the power company tries to shut off the lines the locals riot. Gasoline is cheap, $0.15/gallon and up until this year, leaded. Lead contamination along the freeways in Caracas is many times the safe levels, leading to learning disabilities in children." LINK

  4. sag38

    sag38 Active Member

    Jan 26, 2008
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    Yes, wouldn't it be nice to send Danny Glover and the rest of the Chavez lovers there to find out what it is really like to live under a dictator.
  5. Ps104_33

    Ps104_33 New Member

    Sep 3, 2001
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    Maybe this lady in his own country could use a few.