AP Reports: Hugo Chavez Wasted Venezuela’s Money On Healthcare Instead Of Building A Giant Skyscraper

The western media can’t comprehend why Hugo Chavez used Venezuela’s oil wealth to pull his nation’s population out of poverty, when he could have built an indoor artificial ski mountain like in Dubai. Earlier this month from Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting:

One of the more bizarre takes on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death comes from Associated Press business reporter Pamela Sampson (3/5/13):

‘Chavez invested Venezuela’s oil wealth into social programs including state-run food markets, cash benefits for poor families, free health clinics and education programs. But those gains were meager compared with the spectacular construction projects that oil riches spurred in glittering Middle Eastern cities, including the world’s tallest building in Dubai and plans for branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums in Abu Dhabi.’

That’s right: Chavez squandered his nation’s oil money on healthcare, education and nutrition when he could have been building the world’s tallest building or his own branch of the Louvre. What kind of monster has priorities like that?

In case you’re curious about what kind of results this kooky agenda had, World Bank poverty stats show [that] the proportion of Venezuelans living on less than $2 a day [fell] from 35 percent to 13 percent in three years.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Priorities, get your’s straightened out!

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    I would have given her a pass if she was one of those “news bunnies”

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    here is her twitter:

    https://twitter.com/pamelasampson

    Be nice, now!

    • Anarchy Pony

      If I had twitter, I’d call her a fascist whore. And that’s not sexist, I would have called a man the same thing.

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        yeah, you could definitely make an argument that that is her job description, but only if she is disingenuous. Otherwise she would just be a Fascist slut

  • emperorreagan

    They should have built sky scrapers, given the rich people moving into the fancy condos and the businesses moving into the spaces within those buildings endless property tax breaks, and possibly planned to build stadiums and host events that are proven money losers for communities, all while ignoring poverty, cutting services, and raising taxes on everyone else.

    Oh, wait, that’s Baltimore.

  • Andrew

    When, oh when, will people wake up and realize that we humans evolved to help money and big buildings reproduce?

  • JimTuckers

    What? Chavez should have known that the only way to end poverty is by giving money to rich people.

  • Hadrian999

    sky scrapers would last longer. he who builds upon the people builds on the mud.

    • kowalityjesus

      one must cultivate culture. The benevolent man looks after the well-being of the commoners.

      • Hadrian999

        you can mitigate the damage the masses do but you can never rely on them

        • Calypso_1

          Its much more fun to channel the damage. Mitigation implies R2P. Disaster capitalism is a better command & control 4 profit structure than old school protection rackets.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Yes but protection rackets are generally a safer, more conservative, investment. 9 out of 10 mobsters agree.

          • Calypso_1

            That’s very small business friendly of you, but high risk = high reward, esp when you pit both ends againt the middle. Who needs community enterprise when slash & burn M&A is such an excellent method of rectifying the inefficiencies of the masses.
            Besides i’ll give your boys the rebuilding contracts.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Gambler’s Ruin, you keep running high risks, you will get burned.

          • Calypso_1

            Nonsense, its engineering. Venturi effect, inspiration ratio & all that. Just stay away from the thrust vector.

          • kowalityjesus

            slashing your foundation in an economic sense, whether on the scale of corporations or national economies, creates a teetering tower that is apt to fall. Its the prisoner’s dilemma for CEOs and lobbyist-beholden policymakers.

          • Calypso_1

            We’re not just building skyscrapers my boy! Rocket’s to the moon I tell you. Can’t help it if we need a scorched earth prison planet to get there. Its all about escape velocity, heliosphere bubbles and tulip bulbs.

        • Anarchy Pony

          You do know The Prince was actually supposed to be satire right?

          • Hadrian999

            it still works, a cursory examination of politics should show you how fickle and unreliable people are, their eyes are turned and their minds are captivated the the gaudiest flashiest spectacle that comes along, they would gut their own mother if Kim Kardassian told them it make them popular. It would be wiser to trust a rattle snake not to bite you than it is to trust the mob to think

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            Contempt for one’s species seems to be so passé these days.

          • Hadrian999

            I don’t contempt my species, just how it behaves in large groups, in small groups they are great but when crowd dynamics take over they are terrible

          • Calypso_1

            We’re still the same species? I thought Monsanto had taken care of that?

          • kowalityjesus

            Hmm, interesting notion. Maybe when water is scarcer, it will be back in vogue.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            Contempt for one’s species seems to be so passé these days.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            I have to say that was a brilliant exchange between you two!

        • Andrew

          You depend on the masses every day, as do I.

      • jnana

        the benevolent man IS a commoner, identifies with commoners, and SUFFERS with commoners.
        what was jesus? A commoner.
        who isn’t a commoner? The liar and the thief. The chief.

        • kowalityjesus

          It is perfectly compatible, though exceedingly rare, to be a leader with societal responsibilities and yet be a genuine servant. Thank you much for reminding me of the superlative role of our Lord, though.

    • Andrew

      The people are the ones who build the skyscrapers. And the roads. And the computers.

      • Hadrian999

        the people are merely a resource, if “the people” had any agency starvation, homelessness, and, unemployment would be eliminated

        • Andrew

          That’s a nice theory, but the reality seems a good deal messier to me.

          • jnana

            lets test it first before you say that.

        • Calypso_1

          Exactly, tactical -> logistic deprivation of metabolic pathways is a time honored tradition of human resource management.

    • Calypso_1

      build upon enough people & you should eventually get enough calcium alkali to reduce the plasticity of the soil

      • kowalityjesus

        that is gross

        • Calypso_1

          Actually you’ll need a rather fine aggregate.

          • kowalityjesus

            so discerning people accrete differently than blunt ones… novel.

          • Calypso_1

            Now you’re catching on.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            The old and infirm should be composted, however.

          • Calypso_1

            As long as we export the endeavor to the workforce that has the best ROI. It seems to me a key factor would be an already aged resource market as this would provide an excellent labor to material turnover ratio. Send a memo to the bean (organic-fair trade) counters.

  • Tchoutoye

    And then again, he could have spent a couple of trillion dollars invading a country in search of non-existent WMDs.

    • Jin The Ninja

      true, but then he’d be american.

      • InfvoCuernos

        but first he would have had to build some skyscrapers to crash some jets into.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

          But starve 500K Iraqi children to death before that.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

          But starve 500K Iraqi children to death before that.

    • Manu Datta

      Big myth. All the trillions spent are Iraqi money to kill Iraqis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    Well at least we know our money is safe in the bank.

  • mannyfurious

    It’s called “trickle down” fuckers. You build big ass skyscrapers so the rich folk can piss on you from 180 stories high… bitches.

  • Ittabena

    Jesus Tap Dancing Christ!

  • Ittabena

    Jesus Tap Dancing Christ!

  • Daenerys_Targaryen

    Sometimes you read something that’s absolutely astonishing.

    My only comment is that someone should shove people like that into the skyscrapers, lock the exits, and call for Al Qaeda.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zoilo.maximo.39 Zoilo Máximo

    This article is unbelievable. But the comments here ares more. Hugo Chávez was a dictator that destroyed all opposite press and poured billions in “social care” but to had the people voting him. Now Maduro reached the aim to buy the last opposite air TV channel. What Chávez made was to spend 1 billion dollars in the poverty just to give the feeling of charity and good leftist president. By other hand the corruption is so high that nowadays Venezuela is the second most corrupted country in the world. The “friends” of the regime became very very rich just to be “loyal”. In few world Venezuela receives 150 billions dollars per year thank to oil sellings, some few billions are spent in “social way”, the great amount of this money is used to make rich the President’s family and all the loyal people to the regime. I’m from south america and I have friends in Venezuela that suffer this terrible “bolivarian” regime.

    • Jin The Ninja

      a dictator is not someone democratically elected by a vast majority of their people.

  • http://twitter.com/arepao Pao Nogales

    You haven’t got the slightest idea of what is like to grow up in Venezuela, yes he was elected many times, poor people loved him, because in this country the ones who study and worked hard to be middle class or above average get screwed, Chavez invested millions giving away houses, and oil to leftists countries, this has created a state in wich people spect things for free, in a horrible economy that doesn’t allow you to own anything (I’m 25 living with my parents, and most young people are forced to do this) or make ends meet and a reign of people used to not working for their way in this world, and yes that has increased insecurity. You can talk about how fantastic you tought he was but you would be scared out of your mind to even come to Caracas, the kidnapping capital of the world.

    • jnana

      ya know what scares me even more?
      the thought of going to east st. Louis?(have you been there, yeah, it’s frightening. on the one block I had to walk between the bus stop and train yard there were 5 strip clubs and an elementary school. a community that is 99% black and i’d guess less than 25% employment, unless you count selling crack. glory to capitalism!)
      ya know also scares me? NYC. not exactly a safe place.
      I live in a small city and have to worry about getting robbed when walking down the street, because we have no money, no jobs, no sense of community and rampant hard drug use.
      and its only getting worse.
      yeah, I think east st. Louis is a bit worse than caracas. and its not the only place here in the States, the glorious free land of free enterprise.
      I also don’t remember chavez exporting war and death, as the US and “free world” has.
      I have the feeling its only haughty Venezuelans who bitch about chavez because they don’t have the excess they and their families are used to anymore.

      • kowalityjesus

        Charitability and social as well as environmental conscience are essential components to being a sin-less capitalist. Creating an environment toxic to enterprise is a big mistake.

        • jnana

          “sin-less capitalist”? an oxymoron if I ever heard one. The ” Charity”, “philanthropy” and what-not of a capitalist isn’t done so much to alleviate the sufferings of the poor, rather to ease the guilt complexes of the rich and to put on a good mask so as to avert rebellion. In a communal society, charity and social/environmental conscience ARE inherent components because they are immediate to survival. If you don’t harvest the grain w/ yer fellows, you have nothing to eat.(if ya don’t work, ya don’t eat-straight outta da bible) If you kill off the fish, you don’t enjoy their presence nor can you eat them. if you poison yer air, you can’t breathe. The consequences of sin are much more immediate in a communal society and it is also harder to hide yer sins from others. Not so in a capitalist society.
          Creating a toxic environment is inherent to “enterprise”.. Perhaps instead of doing things for the profit motive, humanity can do things to survive n because they need being done.

          • kowalityjesus

            Jesus was a specialist, and who are we to say that he didn’t trade his labors, tables and stools, for money? Your prejudice against mercantilism in any form is so vast that you can’t see around it. You sound more like a Confucian.

          • jnana

            I must work for money, too, in this world, but it doesn’t mean I justify this system of affairs.
            Jesus was a saboteur, and a saboteur is hidden within the system. He tore this world apart from the inside out, and teaches us likewise. He wasn’t as obvious as the Zealots, nor complicit as a Pharisee or Sadducee.

          • kowalityjesus
      • http://twitter.com/arepao Pao Nogales

        No I won’t talk about St. Louis, I can only speak of places I’ve lived in, I dare you to go to a barrio in here, armed cops won’t even get in there, I’m not a capitalist, I’m not rich I assure you a doctor a nurse and their college graduate daughter aren’t forced to live together with other family members in the bad side of town where you are from. That’s my life, we are educated and my parents have worked hard to have their kids be succesful, but I haven’t since I’m not a corrupt polititian or a person kissing butts in line for a house, that’s how it is in here. I appreciate you having leftist ideals but is easy to talk when you don’t have to live like this.

    • kowalityjesus

      don’t let that pinko jnana give you a hard time. I appreciate a primary source any day, and thanks for letting us know what you think.

  • davakins

    It seems that every time the “world’s tallest building” is built, an economic bubble bursts. Chavez stuck it to the big oil regimes. XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Socialist not a bad word unless you drank McCarthyism Kool Aid. Capitalist Democracy works great for all. America now a corpocracy – with Faith Based FED’s printing funny money faster than peons can borrow it – not good at all. Downward Spiral accelerated by Chinese, Asian Pan Eurasian Alliances growth. Crash coming soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lsocorro1 Luis Socorro

    Oh c’mon dudes I come from Venezuela and you have no idea of what you are talking about, poverty is money for the actors of the regimen, go there and if you survive maybe you’ll be able to write some real shit.

    • jnana

      r u living in abject poverty?
      and what about the people who did, but no longer are? isn’t that a good thing?
      and who’s to blame for crime and corruption? chavez or the people who commit it?
      i’m no socialist apologist, but I am glad to see that the welfare n rights of the poor are at least considered.

  • whateverfloatsyou

    The biggest scam on humanity is to con them into believing someone really cares about equality.
    Chavez keep the doggies happy with just pennies a day compared to the billions he stole from the country and the people. He kept and made billions for himself in shell companies around the world. Ignorance is bliss. It is sad to people how people can be satisfied with so little. The irony is, while he campaign against the evil “rich” people he became the very same greedy imperialist he blasted. He doesn’t need to build a skyscraper… when people bow down to him, he still pisses on their heads.

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