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Birds of a Feather

As I noted last week, Hugo Chavez seized yet another chunk of Venezuela's oil industry this weekend, since it is apparently much more economical for the government to steal private property than to fairly compensate its owners:

Troops were mobilised over the weekend to assist Venezuela's state-owned oil company, PDVSA, in seizing the assets of some 60 oil service companies, after a law was approved last week that paves the way for the state to take increasing control over its all-important oil industry.

"To God what is God's, and to Caesar what is Caesar's," said Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez, as he presided over the expropriation of at least a dozen rigs, more than 30 oil terminals and some 300 boats.

"Today we also say: to the people what is the people's," the socialist leader said to roars of approval from red-clad supporters on the shores of Lake Maracaibo, the heartland of the nation's oil production.

This move forms part of a broader assault against the private sector, which Mr Chávez has increasingly blamed as Venezuela slides into recession. Simultaneously he is engaging in what opposition leaders say is a campaign of persecution of his political foes.

Chavez always makes sure that what he does has the "Jesus seal of approval." The man is clever. I've got to give him credit for that.

Rich Galen (via InstaPundit) makes a well-timed observation:

If the Obama administration can put the United Auto Workers on Chrysler's board of directors, negotiate the terms of its bankruptcy, give a third of the company to Fiat and can even decide how much marketing it should do ... does anyone see a functional difference between Hugo Chavez' and Barack Obama's views of private companies?

No. There doesn't seem to be much of one.

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There isn't a functional di... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

There isn't a functional difference, only semantics. Obamba calls his method a 'bailout'.

Obama has a much better mar... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Obama has a much better marketing team.

"This move forms part of a ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"This move forms part of a broader assault against the private sector, which Mr Chávez has increasingly blamed as Venezuela slides into recession."

The list grows longer. Once he was FDR, then Lincoln, and then dabbled in a bit of JFK. Now he no longer has to channel the past as he has contemporaries who can guide him in his quest to wean the United States from its brutal economic system of free enterprise.

Thanks for sharing - keep u... (Below threshold)

Thanks for sharing - keep up the great work!
Steve
COMMON CENTS

sounds to me like obame rea... (Below threshold)
1903A3:

sounds to me like obame read hugos book that he gave him.

Can't wait for the next bus... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Can't wait for the next business takeover. And I'm not talking about Chavez and Venezuela.

Hugo Chavez' Venezuela has ... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Hugo Chavez' Venezuela has been a worry of mine being that we now have an administration that would rather work with his destructive statist policies, than against them.

This is a man, like all fledgling dictators, who is paranoid and bellicose to the extreme. You don't 'open dialogue' with these types, you blacklist them.

"No. There doesn't seem to ... (Below threshold)
Jake:

"No. There doesn't seem to be much of one."

Let the grasping at straws begin.

You're saying that military supported theft of private industry where the government now owns outright is the same as majority share being held by the workers themselves, and a temporary move agreed upon by the company management and shareholders is the same thing?

Let's cut to the chase here: why don't you just say what you really mean: "Obama Sucks!"

At least that would be honest debate at that point.

Jake,The issue is ... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Jake,

The issue is the leader of a country interfering in private industry, and rewriting laws (or ignoring them) to provide for political allies.

This is a precedent in the U.S., rather par for the course for Venezuela. It's a valid comparison even if it's not perfect.

jake - "....is the same... (Below threshold)
marc:

jake - "....is the same as majority share being held by the workers themselves, and a temporary move agreed upon by the company management and shareholders is the same thing?"

Well there's certainly some dispute by some shareholders about agreeing isn't there? They went kicking and screaming.

And you're assuming it's a temporary move, that maybe be foolish to think but it remains to be seen.

barack hussein obama has threatened to withhold 6 billion dollars from California unless the Gov restores the wage cuts unions willingly gave up to assist the state's enourmous budget shortfall.

Question jake, is that a "temporary move" also? Is it just an empty, meaningless and "temporary" threat?

I found a great birds of a ... (Below threshold)
jmc:

I found a great birds of a feather photo.

check it out:

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/

Or this great one. Birds of... (Below threshold)
jmc:

Or this great one. Birds of a feather.

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=18735

Yon above caption'... (Below threshold)
914:

Yon above caption'

Slumlord meets Crimelord

The only reason there was n... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

The only reason there was no military involved in this take-over is because we have still not reached the point where it's necessary.

you're assuming it's a temp... (Below threshold)

you're assuming it's a temporary move, that maybe be foolish to think but it remains to be seen




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