Socialism Works - In One Chart

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As the US practically decrees a Maserati in every garage, it would seem the Venezuelan version of socialism is not encouraging its wealth redistributed, price-managed, margin-controlled, centrally-planned citizens to buy cars... January saw the lowest volume of car sales ever on record at 722 (not '000s) having dropped 87% year-over-year. At least they have record high stocks and toilet paper... oh wait...



Is The US today where Venezuela was 6 years ago?


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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 18:57 | 4409543 order66
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Long Schwinn.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:00 | 4409560 StacksOnStacks
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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:13 | 4409604 viator
Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:12 | 4409844 NoDebt
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Which you will be required to wear everywhere, not just on the bike.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 18:58 | 4409553 blabam
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Forward! (on foot) 

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:00 | 4409558 Dixie Rect
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At least we have plenty of green toilet paper, with much more to come off the presses.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:33 | 4409699 graneros
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Ouch!  Charmin it ain't.  Try to use Benjies and up.  Everybody and their brothers have put their germ ridden mits on all lesser denominations.  Of course if things keep going the way they are million dollar bills will be the norm.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:01 | 4409567 remain calm
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Short Masserati

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:02 | 4409571 NOTaREALmerican
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Re: As the US practically decrees a Maserati in every garage

WHAT?   I think the top 10% - who own all the politicians and corporations - know the losers in the bottom 90% won't have any Maserati's.

The welfare state only exists to keep the dumbasses from revolting.  Maserati's are owned by people who own everything else, and it ain't the bottom 90%.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:02 | 4409808 TheReplacement
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How much would it cost for the gov't to fund the purchase of a Maserati for the 47%?  How much is spent on welfare programs now?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:15 | 4409859 NoDebt
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I live in an area where such cars are.... I won't say commonplace, but you see a few here and there.  Maserati is the hot brand to own lately around my way.  I see more of them than Ferraris or high end Porsches these days.  Even Jaguars don't outnumber them by any huge ratio.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 02:09 | 4410803 mumbo_jumbo
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"How much is spent on welfare programs now"

do we add in the $85 billion in free money to the banks per month...well it's been tapered to $75 billion?

do we add in the taxes the 60% of corporations that pay nothing 'should' be paying?

i need to understand your metric before i can provide the correct numbers OR are you just crying about the poor people who get welfare?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:03 | 4409572 Tasty Sandwich
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That's nothing that 0.0% for 72 months with no money down can't fix.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:05 | 4409577 Clowns on Acid
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ObamaFone, ObamaCare, coming up next ....ObamaCar.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:10 | 4409595 NOTaREALmerican
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Why not?    If nobody can explain why it's ok to give Big-MIC money to build worthless crap, why not just give more money to Big-CAR and build everybody a Masarati?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:25 | 4409875 NoDebt
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Government doesn't need to make the car, they just need to mandate the black box inside it that tracks everywhere you go, everything you do in it and all communications in and out of it.

In that respect, you already have an Obamacar, in all likelyhood.

Part of the reason I still have an old Malibu in my garage (my hotrod/weekend fun car).  Carburetor-fed, not a computer chip in it anywhere.  I even have an old points-style ignition sitting on the shelf for it just waiting.... in case a nuclear EMP blast blows out the module in the electronic ignition.  Yeah, I'm just crazy enough I don't think that's weird.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:28 | 4409669 PubliusTacitus
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He’s got one already - GM


Or, more appropriately, OPM – Obama People Motors.


Page right out of Hitler’s playbook: Volkswagen, the car of the people.


All he needs to do is create artificial demand via zero rates and zero lending standards like college loans and housing, and instant boom!

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:38 | 4409718 graneros
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I can see it happening.  At this stage I would not even be surprised.  What a great way to push Obamcare.  Sign up today and get a free Volt.  It ain't like they don't have several thousand sitting around.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:09 | 4409596 Make_Mine_A_Double
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I was reading in BA now the Hyundai SUV was 63K USD a couple of months ago is now 100K USD for a new model due Argi iniflation. Which I'm sure is probably an all cash arrangement in USD.

Maybe the plan should be to go out and buy a bunch of the new Dodge Rectums (beleive the trade name is Dart), take a can opener to the door and than declare them 'used' and ship on down to Puerto Cabello and import'em as used and clean house.



Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:20 | 4409615 pashley1411
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Pffft, everyone knows the ride to have when things get real is a Toyota pickup, with .50 cal mounted in the back.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:58 | 4409792 stant
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go long haji armour

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:50 | 4410013 TheReplacement
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Speaking of which, I need a .50.  Seen any laying around?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:22 | 4409648 Van Halen
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"As the US practically decrees a Maserati in every garage"

Good God, don't give Obama any more ideas!

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:31 | 4409688 chump666
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Of course it does, the greatest hustle against the common microbe, us, is promise the world, all the while we get fleeced.  You wanna change?  No gods, no masters.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".



Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:51 | 4409753 AchtungAffen
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Lovely how when Tyler talks about "socialism" he puts the Venezuelan example, which is an autocratic demagogy at best. But he always fails to mention the social democracies of northern Europe...

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 23:15 | 4410488 MagicMoney
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You mean like Norway that literally sits on a gold mine of natural resources, more than what it's own population needs? Being rich in natural resources, and milking it for socialist utopia doesn't show that socialism is great at all. Even dictators can extract oil from the ground. Socialist run out of other people's money, in case of Norway, they run out of money when their natural resources dry up to fund their large government.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 02:07 | 4410802 AchtungAffen
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Well, don't you know that Venezuela too sits on a gold mine of oil too? That should be enough to know the difference, which is not resource based but political and social.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:52 | 4409767 W74
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How can something fall greater than 100%?

Remember, the reciprocal of 200% positive is 50% negative.  Just the same a 90% slide is the reciprocal of a 1,000% gain.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:03 | 4409810 OC Sure
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As you walk across the room, how will you ever reach the other side if you keep traversing half the distance of the previous half?


Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:18 | 4409886 NoDebt
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Left hand margin for the units, right hand margin for the YoY change percentage.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:13 | 4409856 Rising Sun
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Venezuela leading the way - fucking shithole place.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:58 | 4410041 grekko
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I don't know about anyone else, but I cry for the people of that country.  As all socialist exploits happen in history, the lowest class (which is normally the biggest class) get a boost, then reality impedes and everything goes into the dumpster (buiseness, govt budget, and hence the lower class and middle class, corp profits, etc).  Welcome to history repeating itself once again.


Thu, 02/06/2014 - 23:14 | 4410451 MagicMoney
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Heh, well Venezuelans get what they deserve in my view. They wanted socialist democracy of taking from group to give to another instead of real property rights, well things like this can happen. I remember socialist cheering on Huge Chavez  and socialism in Venezuela few years ago on a You Tube video. Even defending the greatness of socialism & countering the video critical of Chavez regime by saying the economy is growing under socialism. Look at Venezuela now. What they didn't realize is that the state doesn't destroy economies overnight. It's a process. Socialist being more retributionist than people who grow the economy typically start capital consuming programs. Inflation in itself is capital consumption in the real economy for the benefit for the actions of the state, nevermind actually intervening with government directly to instill socialist ideals.


Most of Latin America has socialist leaning sentiment. They simply don't understand a market economy period in totality. Hence their violent reaction to "capitalism" with socialist revolution, then societal decay, and poverty.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 21:03 | 4410058 youngman
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Brazils car sales dropped quite a bit too...11 to 15% and thier car exports dropped much more...

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