Economics

The North Is Red

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From Reuters:

Socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mocked George W. Bush as a "comrade" on Wednesday, saying the U.S. president was a hard-line leftist for his government's intervention of major private banks in the U.S. financial crisis….

"Bush is to the left of me now," Chavez told an audience of international intellectuals debating the benefits of socialism. "Comrade Bush announced he will buy shares in private banks."

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  1. All malificent acts aside, Chavez is a pretty funny guy. I mean, “Comrade Bush”, sweetcake.

  2. Oh, snap!

    This is still my favorite picture of Chavez, by far.

  3. Buying shares versus sending armed thugs in to seize a company, sack its entire management, then replace it with an incompetent assemblage of cronies…

    …yep, I can see the comparison there.

  4. He’s being hyperbolic, but he has a point.

  5. That’s a pretty funny line. Chavez should double the gasoline ration of the person who wrote it.

  6. That’s gonna leave a mark.

  7. Moted!

    The emptiest epithet of the season goes to the morons sticking Obama with the word, “Socialist!”. After Bush’s cherry of a bailout plan to top his presidency, along with McCain’s lame campaign suspension in full support, is there any fucking wonder the GOP brand is so flaccid?

  8. Looks like someone has been reading Naomi Wolf…

  9. Shecky, are you still a moron if you think both sides are largely socialist?

  10. beautiful!

  11. It’s funny, because it’s oh so true. America is going so red that I’ll wonder when we’ll be forced into Barry Larkin and Joe Morgan jerseys.

  12. an audience of international intellectuals debating the benefits of socialism

    This passage needs single quotes, something more like: an audience of international ‘intellectuals’ debating the ‘benefits’ of socialism

    Better.

  13. It’s funny because it’s true!

  14. Pot calling the kettle “red”.

  15. America is going so red that I’ll wonder when we’ll be forced into Barry Larkin and Joe Morgan jerseys.

    If only. I miss those days… Cincinnati baseball just isn’t the same anymore, ya know?

  16. There seems to be a link between authoritarianism and socialism. Is this discussed in Polisci classes? Having concentrated on biology and math in college I never took any polisci, but just from general reading it appears to be a robust link.

    If it is discussed in polisci, shouldn’t all the politicians know it?

  17. There seems to be a link between authoritarianism and socialism. Is this discussed in Polisci classes?

    Yes.

    If it is discussed in polisci, shouldn’t all the politicians know it?

    Very few politicians were political science majors.

  18. …like being called a loser by a Democrat.

  19. as sadly funny and true as the zinger is…what is chavez going to do when bush leaves office? bush is the best thing that could have happened to him.

  20. What’s that smell?

  21. as sadly funny and true as the zinger is…what is chavez going to do when bush leaves office?

    If Sen. Obama wins, sounds like he will be eating lunch in the White House on a regular basis.

  22. If Sen. Obama wins, sounds like he will be eating lunch in the White House on a regular basis.

    Senor Obama, I cannot understand how you allow this Jose the Plumber to buy a successful busines. If it is a successful business, it should be owned by the state, no?

    Your predecessor, he understood these things much better.

  23. If Sen. Obama wins, sounds like he will be eating lunch in the White House on a regular basis.

    Aw, and carrying out truculent pissing matches, supporting coups, and blowing off diplomacy have been working so well.

  24. From the title I thought this was going to be about this.

  25. “It’s funny because it’s true!”

    You deep thinkers of the libertarian right are not into subtle distinctions or precise definitions, are you? Fucking morons.

  26. Good point, rhywun; you’d think there would be a little coverage of our neighbors to the North.

  27. Lefiti, I am continuously impressed by your ability to type only with your left hand, even while your right is so busy.

  28. what is chavez going to do when bush leaves office?

    Railing against the Yanquis is the only thing Chavez will have left.

    Why we’d throw a hostile leader who has to face election that lifeline is beyond me. It’s grimly ironic to think that that coup we backed was supposed to shorter Chavez’s time in office.

  29. Wow Chavez merely confirms what I already thought to be true.

    I can’t wait to ask Naomi Klein her opinion on that when she comes to campus next week.

    Offtopic: I plan on holding a sign up that says “disaster socialism” in the audience during her speech.

  30. If it is a successful business, it should be owned by the state, no?

    In the USA, we prefer to own the unsuccessful ones.

  31. In the USA, we prefer to own the unsuccessful ones.

    Why go to all the trouble of taking a successful business and running it into the ground, when you can just buy your failures ready-made?

  32. joe,
    “was supposed to shorter Chavez’s time in office.”

    The ink on your keyboard’s “n” key is wearing out…

  33. Hillary Clinton in a pantsuit.

  34. “Offtopic: I plan on holding a sign up that says “disaster socialism” in the audience during her speech.”

    Think that’ll get you laid, sonny?

  35. If Sen. Obama wins, sounds like he will be eating lunch in the White House on a regular basis.

    Guy, the fact that you don’t include Sen. McCain in this sentence clearly reveals your partisan hackery. Not that that hasn’t happened before.

  36. Go get her egosumabbas. Although a good intellectual point is much more devastating than a sign, which could get you kicked out. Make it an argument based on reason.

  37. I’m starting to suspect that Bush’s own failed companies are tucked away in some Federal inventory sheet.

  38. Wonder how long it takes for Venezuela’s economy to crash due to under $80/bbl crude?

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