Do not think about, write about or deal with human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.
The thing that Cuba had and Venezuela lacked was those many years of training by the Soviet KGB to keep the Totalitarian State running for these 57 years.
Sean Penn And Other Hollywood Tools Bear Responsibility For Venezuela’s Condition
Posted By: Alex David May 16, 2016
Venezuela is about to collapse. The people there are starving. There are rumors that some are eating cats to survive. Protests and riots materialize every day. Stores ransacked. The country is in chaos.
American celebrities have power due to their popularity and a sizable audience. Some use this gift for great causes and purposes. Then there are boneheads like Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Michael Moore, Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon, Oliver Stone, and Naomi Campbell. These wealthy, pampered celebrities supported Hugo Chavez while he transformed Venezuela into an oppressive socialistic government model and they continue to support his replacement, the current President, Nicolas Maduro.
I do admit that they are great actors and entertainers, and I certainly do not begrudge their economic success. In fact, I applaud it. But they don’t. They openly criticize and abhor the capitalism that made them incredibly wealthy. Moreover, they believe that only a Socialist form of government can ensure true equality, “a sea of happiness” and a content citizenry. To wit, some of them traveled to Venezuela many times to support Hugo Chavez during the beginning of the run up to a Socialist government there. Sean Penn, notably, acted as an eager surrogate for Chavez, encouraging the people there to vote for the strongman.
Hugo is dead and gone now. When he died, his Hollywood fans wrote weepy words of sympathy and condolences.
Since the death of Chavez, his self-proclaimed “son,” President Nicolas Maduro, like a “mini-me”, has taken his place and has been enthusiastically continuing his “father’s” vision of a Socialist Utopia. Sean Penn was fully on board with Maduro, stating: “Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro.”
Now look at the country. The latest “Global Misery Index” which has been used for years to measure the level of misery one endures living in any of the 59 countries surveyed, has awarded Penn’s glittering country of Venezuela the winner and Grand Master Champion of misery. It beat top contenders like The Dominican Republic, The Palestinian Territory, and……Bangladesh. Congratulations!
Misery Index leader. I wonder where Cuba ranks. The people there are terrified of the government.
Not content with being the Misery King, the country was also awarded the top spot in a Gallup Poll showing it to be the most dangerous, crime-ridden nightmarish hellhole on planet earth. Awesome!
To all those Hollywood celebrities who expressed their undying support and love, here’s a fun fact: their combined net worth is close to the annual GDP of their beloved country. Of course, I’m sure they won’t be donating any of their wealth anytime soon to the tormented and starving people who have to live in their version of Shangri-la.
These rich, arrogant Hollywood elites are culpable for the hellhole Venezuela has become. They helped sell, with their “star power,” the glory of a Socialistic Government to the citizenry of Venezuela.
Sean Penn and the other Hollywood supporters of Venezuela’s Socialist system should be dragged out of their McMansions and flown over, empty-handed, to Venezuela. Then forced to live as one of the oppressed citizens entrenched in the daily nightmare of life in the slums of Caracas.
Aside from the fact it doesn’t work, socialism is the best.
Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Power Teaching: How to Find Someone to Teach Your Child when the Education System has Failed.”
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