Today I learned something about Venezuela...

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  1. Carmine

    Carmine Senior Member

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    The government siezing a GM factory has obviously been big news in Detroit, so I was doing some reading on the subject and turned up this (2010) NY Times piece.

    Detroit’s Monsters Thrive on a Diet of Cheap Gas

    If you can stomach the predictible NYT opinion drivel about "giant sized gas-guzzling dinosaurs from the evil Detroit cabal" etc., the article is interesting (as are the slide show and video).

    Essentially the 70's oil boom in Venezuela created a ripple in time where American luxury cars flooded in. The dictators preach Anti-American sentiment, but have also subsidized fuel, so people keep driving the big US cars rather than crappy modern commie-mobiles from Iran. Like Cuba, but with spare parts.
     
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    USA! USA! USA!

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  3. rapidtrans

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    I'm more surprised GM was still in Venezuela. The real news is how blatantly anti-American the NYT has become. I like their phrasing. They seized the bad GM plant but nationalized the oil industry. Hell they seized the oil industry from foreign oil companies kicking them out.
    Venezuela has been a corrupt, socialist hell-hole for years. I did a job in an auto plant there a few years ago. Nobody from our co. would go there. We put the equipment in a container and let the customer self perform the project. The only country in the western hemisphere we refuse to travel to.
     
  4. Carmine

    Carmine Senior Member

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    A shame. The people seem nice and obviously share our "American" tastes, but once again... like Cuba, and to a lesser degree, Mexico, they get crapped on by despot socialist dictators.
     
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    If enough of them don't like it I would think they might put some effort into changing it. I know it's not human nature to stick together, but the population of the ruling class is much smaller than the population in general.


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  6. Carmine

    Carmine Senior Member

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    That's why you don't put a lobster in an already boiling pot. You raise the temp gradually. We are all in pots, the only difference is the temp.
     
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    I never considered an Aspen or a Dart a "gas-guzzler". Ever.
     
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    Well with the direction the NYT seems to be taking in this article, anything short of a Chevy Volt, or a Prius is a gas guzzler. But 10 cents a liter....WOW!
     
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    Their 10 cent gas is just a form of welfare or food stamps.
     
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    From what I have seen I bet they would prefer food over cheap gas. Wonder where Joe Kennedy is on their situation? A while back he couldn't say enough good about the Venezuelan government, and their generosity.
     
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