The good times are gone in Venezuela. The days of social reform and government policies that enhanced the quality of life in the country with the largest oil reserves in the world are just a memory. People are starving in the big cities and in the rural areas. Violent crimes are reported hourly, and there isn’t enough medicine to help the sick. The country has been isolated by its current president, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro is hell-bent on doing things his way even though his way is destroying the social and economic integrity of the country.
Nicolas Maduro is the hand-picked successor of Hugo Chavez. Maduro took control of the country in 2013 when Chavez passed away. Chavez was in the right place at the right time, according to the Deputy of the National Assembly from the state of Guárico, José Manuel González. Mr. González is a well-liked political leader that considers himself a businessman, not a politician. González is a friend of the farmers that have been ruined by the senseless import policies enacted by Chavez and continued by Maduro. Hundreds of farms in Guárico and other states stopped producing food, and hundreds of businesses were confiscated by the government over the last three years, and now the country has no food. Chavez and Maduro spent it all. All the oil money that was flowing into Venezuela is gone, and the people are paying the price for frivolous policies and uncontrolled spending, according to González.
Food in Venezuela is like gold these days. Nine out of ten people can’t afford to buy food because the government markets are empty, and the black market prices are out-of-control. In fact, Maduro blames the lack of food and essentials on an imperialistic plot backed by the U.S. That kind of thinking has forced González and others to sign a petition to remove Maduro from office. Millions of people have signed the petition, but Maduro claims the document is illegal. He plans to stay in office no matter what happens to the people, according to Mr. González.