No, all evidence is that gangster socialism has ruined the once prosperous country. Rampant corruption, hyperinflation, food shortages, long lines, and falling standards of living have been the fruits of socialism in Venezuela. Food riots have plagued Venezuela the last three years. People wait for hours, pay off public officials, and still may find there is no bread in the stores to buy at any price. The regime uses brute force and sham elections to stay in power. It has imprisoned some political opponents while others dissapear or are found murdered. You attached a long apologia blaming falling oil prices for this nightmare, but it’s government policies that have failed to adjust to economic conditions that are to blame. Sure, the price of oil falls, so we’ll take from the rich. It falls more, so we’ll take from the professionals, the middle class, and the farmers. Now there is no one left to plunder. Everyone has nothing except the socialist leaders and the corrupt supporters who keep them in power.

Recently, Maduro has gone on a public relations offensive. He has released hundreds of political prisoners and has invited more foreign investment. His new economic policies are a tacit admission his original brand of socialism failed. Whether he will allow real change is an open question.

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