It looks like Hugo Chavez is throwing a little temper tantrum after losing seats in Parliament. Andrew Breitbart has an article out today reporting that el presidente as ordered the take over of British Food Company Vestey. What is going on down there? These companies are responsible for creating any semblance of an economy in that country and this guy is shutting one company down after the other. Pretty soon there just won't be any left and no outside company will ever want to do business down there. Why spend any money building an infrastructure just to have it taken away? I think as we see the Venezuelan economy continue to stay in the gutter the more likely we are going to see an uprising. But I will say this, Chavez expects that. As he was issuing his "edict" about Vestey he also stated that the civilian militia should be armed at all times. This group is his personal group of thugs that are essentially above the law and answer only to him. Its just a way to keep the people scared and afraid to mount any sort opposition.
Sadly I don't think we are really going to lend any hand to the people down there. Venezuela is still a massive producer of sweet sweet bubblin' crude and a member of OPEC and we've proven to show (understandably) that energy is our chief concern over any sort of social issue. Yes you can argue how terrible that is for the US be that way but when you can't power your country everything else matters less. Hopefully given enough time the people will just get fed up with the guy and remove him, either democratically or by force.