They have run out of other people's money, food, medicine, electricity and toilet paper.
Socialized medicine has collapsed healthcare.
The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward.
Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died.
“The death of a baby is our daily bread,” said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation’s capital, Caracas, referring to the toll from Venezuela’s collapsing hospitals.
The economic crisis in this country has exploded into a public health emergency, claiming the lives of untold numbers of Venezuelans. It is just part of a larger unraveling here that has become so severe it has prompted President Nicolás Maduro to impose a state of emergency and has raised fears of a government collapse.
Howw could Sister Wearthepants know Obamacare would kill people? She thought it was just going to be free. Nurses, doctors, surgical equipment and machinery, medicines -- it was all going to be as free as Obama's chemical sterilization of women and abortions.
The Obama-like lawlessness has taken over the country.
The liberal looneyism of Catholic bishops which we now see shilled from the Chair of Peter is really hitting paydirt:
Hugo Chávez, the president from 1999 until his death in 2013, made his followers believe that his brand of Bolivarian socialism was the road to dignity. He channeled billions of dollars in oil revenues to the poor, creating — for a while, at least — an illusion of growth and inclusion. Five years ago, none of us would have believed that hunger would become a part of daily life for most Venezuelans. Today, all it takes to confirm this hunger is looking out my window.
How would communist bishops know that breaking the backs of working people to give stuff for free until their paycheck shrunk beyond the means to keep a roof over their own family's heads would end up starving 90% of the population. Math is really hard when Mommy and Daddy were the last people who kept a roof over your head and food on the table.
They thought they were helping us all to make employers with money to hire employees the enemy of the people.
Recently, a woman who works at a nearby beauty parlor decided to start her commute earlier than usual to join the line in hopes of finding milk. As per the government-mandated schedule, her turn to shop for basic goods is every Friday. She gave up on her weekly trips to the local supermarket, not only because she has to work on Fridays, but also because she is terrified of being held at gunpoint by the robbers who wait to pounce on shoppers if they emerge with anything inside their grocery bags. Her 8-month-old granddaughter hasn’t had formula in months, she told me. She worries about the breast milk her mother feeds her, since she has only bread and noodle soup to eat.
Our mayor recently noted that stray dogs had all but disappeared from our neighborhood, and people are hunting pigeons in the main square.
I’m fortunate enough to go to bed at night without a grumbling belly. I have access to hard currency, which I use to buy black-market goods at jacked-up prices. I fill a suitcase with bags of rice and other grains whenever I travel abroad. Most Venezuelans cannot find the food they’re looking for, and when they do, they cannot afford it. But these daily episodes of despair make me dread the next morning, and the stories of suffering keep me up at night...
“Yo no creo en nadie” has stopped being funny. It’s become the credo of a people who no longer believe in the state as a guarantor of justice and security. It exposes the betrayal felt by Venezuelans who trusted in a government that won elections by handing out food, to the detriment of our democracy, our economy and the rule of law. It is the testimony of a government that professed to give people dignity, at the expense of the institutions that were in place to guarantee it.
This powerful explanation of this frightening situation is a must-watch:
God help us all.