Venezuela In Midst Of Serious Toilet Paper Shortage


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In what can only be considered comical and a result of the failing policies of Hugo Chavez and now Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela finds itself in the midst of a severe toilet paper shortage.  That’s correct, a TP shortage.  If it wasn’t so pitiful it would be hysterical.  Never mind, it is hysterical.

In response, the government has sent in the National Guard to the Manpa toilet paper plant in the northern state of Aragua, state-run Radio AVN reported.  The National Guard will monitor the production and distribution of the toilet paper which is in very short supply.  Last week Nicolas Maduro created a special committee to tackle the problem which the government blames on “unscrupulous traders”

It’s completely unimaginable that Maduro can’t understand this crisis clearly lies in the failed economic policies of his socialist agenda.  He is as ignorant as his predecessor, who was of course his mentor.  In a tweet on Thursday, Venezuela’s Vice President, Jorge Arreaza, said authorities would “not permit hoarding of essential commodities, or any faults in the production and distribution process.”  When toilet paper is considered an essential commodity, instead of a given, one should be intelligent enough to move the country in a different direction.  If the economy was free to function properly, people wouldn’t need to hoard a product that western societies take for granted.  Imagine, a country with a toilet paper black market.  Maybe Maduro can call on his good friend Oliver Stone to help his country out of this tricky predicament.  A Hollywood Toilet Paper Telethon.  Help raise money for the “Venezuela Relief Fund.” Toilet paper has been in such short supply, that officials recently ordered millions of toilet paper rolls to be imported.

Instead of taking over the means of production, let these factories earn a healthy profit, give workers incentives and then Maduro might see his poor country in a better position to take care of its private business.  Perhaps Maduro could simply order all citizens not to poop more than once day, or maybe not at all.  That would help this messy problem.  Nah.  Never mind.

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