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Old 05-31-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Venezuela Police in Venezuela say they have seized nearly 2,500 rolls of toilet paper in an overnight raid of a clandestine warehouse storing scarce goods.

Toilet paper is hard to find in Venezuelan grocery stores, as are staple food items such as sugar, milk and cooking oil.

The socialist government says the shortages are part of a plot by opponents to destabilize the country. Economists blame the government's price and currency controls.


Read more: Venezuela police seize 2,500 rolls of toilet paper in overnight raid | Fox News
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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Had no idea Venezuela even had toilet paper.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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Price and currency controls look to me more like communism. Venezuela is about as "Socialist" as North Korea is "Democratic."
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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Hoarding is the name of the game there it seems, and it's surely time to lock up Capriles now, isn't it?
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: The Brat Stop
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NO T.P.? that's funny.


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Old 05-31-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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No word on who owned the toilet paper in the warehouse, was it purchased legally, what law(s) had been broken etc. to merit the govt sweeping in.

And in a big-govt setup like Venezuela, maybe those things didn't matter. I don't know, I've never been there and never studied the systems there.

But maybe the governing principle in that country is, "You have it, we need it, so we're taking it from you."

Socialist systems tend to slide in that direction. Property rights tend to be low on the priority list. Maybe the authorities there were telling people "We're doing it so everybody has the same and is equal". Or maybe with a dash of "Do it for the children" thrown in to persuade the ones who might have protested.

I'd hate to run a business in that place. How do you know the stuff in your warehouse now (whether toilet paper or construction lumber or canned foods etc.), will still be there next month when it's time to build it into the houses you're erecting or replenish the supplies of people who paid for it and are now running out?

Especially when it's government doing the raiding?

Only if your government contacts are better than the next guy's, can you expect any security or continuity, that lets you plan for the future. And the quality of your contacts usually depends on the quantity of your bribes.

Not my kind of place. The only people who really benefit, are government people.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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I am certain that the Democratic Party in the United States will be happy to send copies of the United States Constitution for use near Venezuelan toilets.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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Venezuela Police in Venezuela say they have seized nearly 2,500 rolls of toilet paper in an overnight raid of a clandestine warehouse storing scarce goods.

Toilet paper is hard to find in Venezuelan grocery stores, as are staple food items such as sugar, milk and cooking oil.

The socialist government says the shortages are part of a plot by opponents to destabilize the country. Economists blame the government's price and currency controls.


Read more: Venezuela police seize 2,500 rolls of toilet paper in overnight raid | Fox News


does it have Hugo Chavez's face on it, cause I would like to rub it in
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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seems fair enough to me - toilet paper is one business that should be socialised, for the common good!
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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I remember back in the 70's when visiting relatives in Argentina taking rolls of tp to them.
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