Political opponents of social programs point to Venezuela as an example of the harm that socialism causes.

Venezuela is now in chaos. The economy is broken with runaway inflation. There are critical shortages of food and medicine. Millions of people have fled the country.

The news media shows videos of these problems, but uninformed people like myself cannot believe the U.S. would ever be reduced to similar conditions.

I would like to understand some of the history of Venezuela’s socialism. Why not make videos of the speeches Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro made to get elected? What political promises did they make? What beneficial programs did they say were in the future of Venezuelans? Show these speeches in both Spanish and translated English. These videos may answer the question, “Do the promises of socialism match the results?”

Jack Cook, Yuma

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