Friday, October 10, 2008

Chavez fights capitalism - shuts down McDonald with tax excuse

Just like Putin in Russia took over the gas and oil industry and put the owners in jail. Trump up tax disputes and take over. Only that Chavez is doing it to "punish the Yankees". He isn't taking control over McDonald's 115 restaurants, he's shutting it down. NO BIG-MAC FOR YOU! The Micky-D Nazi is here.

Venezuela shuts nation's McDonald's in tax fight
Venezuela's tax body has shut all branches of McDonald's in the South American nation for 48 hours as punishment for alleged tax irregularities, the government said on Thursday. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is a harsh critic of the U.S. "empire" and of global capitalism. Since first winning elections ten years ago, he has raised taxes and often temporarily closes companies accused of failing to pay. Thursday's announcement affects McDonald's 115 restaurants in Venezuela, which remains one of the most Americanized corners of Latin America with a thriving shopping mall culture and a love of baseball. Chavez has nationalized the Venezuelan operations of U.S. oil companies and is engaged in an international legal battle with Exxon Mobil over compensation for its assets. The government often slaps big back-tax bills on companies with which it is fighting, and recently temporarily closed the Venezuelan offices of Pepsi, operated by a local food consortium.

If there's one company I know will survive this financial crisis stupidity - it's McDonald. Your loss ultra-socialists.

P.S. Guess who Chavez is supporting for Presidency and praising the upcoming socialism in the US starting at January 2009?

Come on, guess before you click - there's a 99 percent chance you're correct. Perhaps it was a stretch? (source of that post is here)

Back in june - Hugo Chavez endorses ....
Guess what, the original Yahoo news item was removed... Was this related? Obama says that Chávez is an "easily led" threat
Candidate for the Democratic Party running for US President Barack Obama called Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez an "easily led" threat for the US security and expressed willingness to approach Venezuela and Cuba if elected president.

In an interview released on Wednesday by Chilean daily newspaper El Mercurio, the Senator said that Mexico was his priority in Latin America and talked about his plans to make a proposal on a migration reform during his first year in office in case of winning the presidential election on November.

Perhaps some Obama friends called Chavez and asked him to withdraw his support?
Barack Obama can breathe a sigh of relief as the Venezuelan leader, the latest of a number of unwanted endorsements, withdraws his support

In his quest for the White House, there are some endorsements Barack Obama can do without and today the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, did him a favour.

Chavez, who in the past implied that he favoured Obama over his Republican rival, John McCain, today declared a plague on both their houses.

In a speech to supporters, Chavez said there was no difference between the two and that US-Venezuela relations would not improve if Obama won in November. The problem, Chavez said, was the nature of the US itself.

"Let's not kid ourselves, it is the empire and the empire must fall. That's the only solution, that it comes to an end."

Thank heaven, will be the reaction of the Obama campaign, where there is a concerted effort to project a more hawkish image of their man and shed the earlier more dovish vibes.

There will also be relief that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group, has lost its earlier enthusiasm for their man, especially since a speech in June to the influential American Israel Political Action Committee. During a fervently pro-Israel address in which he pleged unwavering support for the Jewish state, Obama said the US should not talk to Hamas until it renounced terrorism and recognised Israel.

Afterwards, a Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, told Reuters that his group no longer had any preference in the US election. In the same vein as Chavez, Zuhri said: "Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and McCain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same and are hostile to us, therefore we do have no preference and are not wishing for either of them to win."

So... Chavez isn't "endorsing" Obama. He is endorsing "the one" who will bring upon "neoliberalism". Never heard that word - is this the new euphemism to Marxism?

Exit question, if the communist party endorses Obama - what does that tell you about Obama? What about this bunch? Some more of the same...


  1. I'm no communist...but,

    Has it occurred to you that if our federal government had shown this kind of due diligence toward the mortgage and lending bodies in this country, then maybe we wouldn't be suffering quite so heavily? Chavez has reacted to financial irregularities, and instead of pushing this off onto the citizens, he's forcing the businesses to clean up their practices. Good for them.

    You may not like Chavez, but don't dismiss the fact that he's holding organizations accountable. Accountability...isn't that what our own politicians INSIST on, but rarely carry out?

  2. I don't really wanted to argue regarding Venezuelan politics much. It's a tad out of my interest realm. Chavez is renounced for being - well, Castro junior. A dictator who over through democracy and free media.

    I'm pointing out at the beginning of the post to Putin doing something similar. Chavez is a populist and just like Putin he needs excuses. I wouldn't be surprised to find that he invented the tax charges to stick it to the US corporation. That's my point and why I began this post.

    I'll dismiss this monster Chavez, as much as I want. He's best friends with Iran, he's a non Muslim sponsor of Hezbollah and used populist socialist rhetoric to appoint himself into an almost "king" of his country. All for him; He nationalize the oil industry, then the telecommunication industry, now kicks out American corporations.

    I'm as angry as the next guy regarding the mess the economy is in. You can bet Putin and Chavez are too. Just don't be fooled by their actions and don't think they are worth imitating. They care for their own pocket - not their economy.

    Crazy Horse - I'm pissed off at congress. I think that no incumbent senator or congressman should be reelected, regardless of his or her political affiliation. I would not for a minute hope for an American Chavez though.