Venezuelans now separating edible, non-edible trash to make it easier for starving scavengers to survive

Monday, March 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Jayson Veley
Sunday, March 05, 2017

The next time a liberal democrat tries to make a case for big government and the redistribution of wealth, kindly point them towards Venezuela, where they can live in their own dull, bleak utopia. Food lines stretch on for miles, and widespread poverty, rationing of epic proportions are quite common. It is all directly linked to an all-powerful regime and the centralization of authority; principles that the American left are always fighting for. Why they don’t just leave America alone and go live in their Venezuelan paradise?

Earlier this week, Father Jose Palmar, who is not only a controversial priest but also an outspoken critic of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, posted to social media a picture of a plastic bag in a garbage can labeled “comida,” which translates to food. According to the post, Father Palmar did this to help Venezuelans find food more easily and “with dignity.”

If searching through the trash for food is considered “dignified” in Venezuela, then what on earth does it look like when dignity is completely gone?

It’s sad and unfortunate, but this is now reality for the Venezuelan people. Since last year, research has shown that an increasing number of people are beginning to rummage through the trash for food because of how difficult it has become to purchase food at the store. The process is not only extremely time consuming, but there is also a very limited amount of food available for purchase. It’s not like America where we can go to the grocery store and fill our carriages with as much food as we want. In Venezuela, the food rationing is so bad that the clerks will explicitly tell you at checkout what you can and can’t purchase.

According to Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey, almost 75% of the population lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016 as a result of malnutrition and food shortages. The survey also indicated that 82.2% of Venezuelans consider themselves poor because of their incomes, and 93% said that they don’t have enough money to buy the amount of food that they need. Additionally, just fewer than 80% said that they eat breakfast in the morning and 32% only eat two meals per day. (RELATED: Infants are now starving to death in Venezuela).

Given the fact that history tends to repeat itself, is it really so far-fetched to assume that America could one day be facing the same challenges? Big government is not just something that has a negative effect in some countries and a positive effect in others. While individual liberty and free enterprise are the ingredients for a flourishing society, government interference can, over time, lead to conditions much like the ones the Venezuelans are experiencing right now. And for the past eight years, America has seen nothing but government interference.

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