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Sun Feb 23, 2020, 09:01 PM

Venezuela comparison more like Trump than Sanders


I like this comparison. Venezuela is what it is because of its corrupt government, not because of a socialist economy. Had Venezuela been a stable democracy, it has oil resources that, equitably distributed, could build infrastructure, handle utilities and support a variety of government service that would keep the population prosperous and the government stable and productive. But it never has been politically stable and it doesn't matter whether it is capitalist or socialist, greed and dishonesty rob it of stability. It has nothing to do with its economy which really isn't socialist, but which is an oligarchy of the rich. It's where the US is headed if Trump gets four more years.

I've given up on the idea of any kind of health care reform in the US that will knock the profit margin out and actually make health care a basic human right. Even a Sanders presidency wouldn't succeed at getting that through Congress. My hopes for this election have narrowed down to just getting rid of Trump. It doesn't look like the Democrats are going to behave or coalesce in such a way as to get much more done everywhere else than that. We need a big time voter registration drive to get dormant segments of the electorate out to the polls and a boots-on-the-ground effort prior to the election to motivate and move anyone who is breathing to vote straight ticket Democrat. But everyone is too concerned with themselves and putting everyone else down.

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