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In “God will provide” speech Maduro admits economic failure and calls for unity

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 05:43 UTC
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In a three-hour State of the Nation speech to the National Assembly on Wednesday night, president Nicolás Maduro acknowledged some of the economic realities facing Venezuela: the economy contracted by 2.8% in 2014 and inflation stood at 64%. Read full article


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  • LEPRecon

    Sure 'God' will provide.

    Just like he provides relief to those dying from starvation...

    Just like he cures those suffering and dying from diseases...

    And I'm sure that 'God' is going to drop everything and run to help a man who has committed terrible crimes, including blasphemy - when he and his followers compared that, now hopefully rotting in hell, Chavez to God.

    Well then Maduro why don't you pray to your false God Chavez for help?

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 06:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    A lesson writ large to all the ALBA countries who believed in the False Prophet of Chavez.
    Now his acolytes are invoking yet another Diety to save them from this inherited quagmire.
    I truly despair for what they have done to this beautiful country.
    More oil than Saudi Arabia, (but can't extract and have to pay the USA to process it), 36 million hectares of arable land, (but only 3 mm in 'production'), the touristic opportuntites of La Gran Sabana, Los Andes and The Caribbean beaches, but 25,000 violent deaths per annum and a bullshit currency......

    “God will provide”

    Is this all he has left to say?

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 06:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @2 ilsen


    “God will provide” is like the last gasp of a drowning man “God will save me”.

    His desperation is getting so bad now it's like a bad smell permeating through Venezuela.

    The annoying thing is though that he'll cling on to power for as long as he can, and ensure that he destroys Venezuela. But the results of that will leave a lot of people dead, and a lot more in poverty for generations to come.

    Let this be a wake up call for all those who believe in the lies of the socialists.

    And perhaps this mantra should be taught to every school child from day one in school: There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    Another saying to hold to their hearts should be: Give a man a fish he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish he'll eat for a lifetime.

    Of course socialists don't want people to learn how to depend on themselves, thus knowing how to 'fish'. The socialists want people to depend on government hand outs, so giving them a fish.

    This always works out well until the fish run out. Then the people starve, and they have either lost the ability to look after themselves, or they never learnt how to rely on themselves.

    As the blessed Maggie famously said: The main problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.

    No doubt Maduro has now run out of Venezuela's money, but I'll bet his off-shore bank accounts are groaning under the weight of all the dollars he has stolen.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 07:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I recall Chubby Chavez saying that the mythical god would save him after the “doctors” in Cuba mis-diagnosed him, blinding the proper chemo therapy from treating him, thus killing him.

    Perhaps, if the people of Venezuela are lucky, the Cubans will kill this idiot for them.

    However, would that really bring abour new elections? No chance while the military are in effective control.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 10:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Venezuelans should be quick to follow Capriles' lead. Unite and rip the steering wheel out of the hands of the bus driver.

    It's difficult to know where they should march to. La Casona or the Palacio de Miraflores. But now one has to ask why Maduro is bucking the statistics. Apparently one person is murdered in Venezuela every 21 minutes. Isn't it his turn?

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 11:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    I thought he talked daily to the dead Chavez...who I am sure has a seat on the right hand of god.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 11:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    I thought that Catholics understood about god. My understanding as a none catholic is that god is quite partial to smiting.

    The people of West Africa would have been wiped off the planet with Ebola if it wasn't for three countries stepping in to assist, not god, the the UK, US and France.

    God helps those who help themselves.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 01:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    How many of these socialist South American countries have multiple exchange rates?

    Everywhere else in the world you have one exchange rate with a few % difference for buying and selling, but that is it.

    How did it come about that they have wildly fluctuating rates?

    Sure part of IMF membership and a pre-requesit for assistance should be just one exchange rate.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 01:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Why is it that these fucking dictators where these rainbow shoulder dress? Does it make him feel important?

    God will provide for the Venezuelans when God brings peace on earth.

    Bus driver....just as an things to the poor does not change their situation, they still will be poor. Providing them with opportunities to work will get them out of abject poverty.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @8. Oh no, couldn't have that. What about the 'presidential rake-off'? In Argieland, Kirchner is heading for US$20 million. All those little black dresses she'll never wear again. Now that she's found someone to swive her! If justice is served, she should fill her 'boots'. Kirchner should be looking at 30 years in solitary without a vibrating dildo. And MadUrine should be looking at the same. He'll really miss one up his rear for 30 years.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 03:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Not in my name--says GOD,

    why do these tinpots always think god will provide
    they always use his name, why,

    perhaps they think of they use the lords name, then all will be forgiven,
    I have news for you lot,
    but I will let god tell you when he is ready, if you really believe,?

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 08:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    “visitors to the country who spoke to a CNBC reporter in neighboring Colombia this weekend reported people in Caracas using the local currency's smallest notes in place of toilet paper.”

    Perhaps pesos can be used as tampons.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ernie4001

    Who would ever imagine. Maduro running out of fuel.

    Jan 24th, 2015 - 02:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    If only God would provide toilet paper, nappies, milk.....

    Jan 24th, 2015 - 05:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    “God will provide”...... or at least he does in north America, northern Europe, Chile and Australia/NZ anyway. Strange that he provides for educated nations with small families and the rule of law ahead of chaotic, poorly-educated, superstitious nations. He really does work in mysterious ways.

    Jan 24th, 2015 - 10:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @15 Redrow

    “The Lord helps those who help themselves”.

    Or in other words, God expects everyone to help themselves, not sit around waiting for handouts.

    Jan 24th, 2015 - 09:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • commonsparrow

    Galatians 6:7-9.
    Maduro, don't be a bullsh---er.

    Jan 24th, 2015 - 10:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    “John 10:11
    I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

    Ok Maduro........your turn.

    Jan 25th, 2015 - 11:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    Today, the Fat One denied the former Presidents of Chile and Colombia ( Srs. Pinera and Pastrana ) any and all access to the incarcerated Sr. Leopoldo Lopez of the Venezuelan opposition.

    The Fat One ? Nicolas “ Mussolini ” Maduro.

    Jan 25th, 2015 - 11:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    God has already provided, they are sitting on the worlds largest oil reserves.

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 10:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Mmmmmm....I wonder how this will affect the bus drivers chances and begging to the capitalists to borrow money? Trolls, China already gave him there answer.

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 10:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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