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In his nods to poor, Chavez threw Venezuela into turmoil

In fawning over the deceased president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, Farah Stockman uses ultra-left blame-America-first rhetoric to mask the oncoming disaster created by Chavez (“Politics of oil in Venezuela,” Op-ed, March 12). Chavez has placated the poor by illegally seizing control of Venezuela’s natural, economic, and monetary resources and diverting from long-term productivity and economic growth to short-term programs that continued his dictatorship.

The best analogy would be sawing down parts of your home for use in your wood-burning stove in order to keep warm. The supply diminishes while the demand increases to a point of no return.

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