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They’re Now Rationing Toothpaste In Venezuela

They’re Now Rationing Toothpaste In Venezuela; ‘I Do It Only In The Mornings’

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Many Venezuelans can no longer afford to brush their teeth. A tube of toothpaste in the country now costs the equivalent of half a week’s wages for many workers because of 700 percent inflation.

Factory worker Ana Margarita Rangel is only brushing her teeth once a day because she doesn’t have enough toothpaste. Rangel’s pay has been reduced to the equivalent of $33 a month because of hyperinflation.

Prior to the crisis, she brushed her teeth in the morning and evening.

“Now I have to choose,” Rangel said of cleaning her teeth. “So I do it only in the mornings.”

Toothpaste is just one of many things Rangel is rationing or eliminating because of hyperinflation, The Washington Post reported. Meat, juice, coffee and chocolate are no longer in her family budget.

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“I don’t spend my afternoons cooking anymore, because I don’t have meat to season or vegetables to cut,” Rangel said, “and chocolate! We can’t even afford to buy a little cup of coffee on our way to work. We used to be able to have juice with our meals, I miss it so much.”

Some of the horrors of hyperinflation in Venezuela include:

  • Socialist President Nicolas Maduro raised the nation’s minimum wage by 20 percent to 250,000 strong bolivars a month on July 1. That’s the equivalent of $33 a month, meaning the average Venezuelan earns less than people in Haiti – the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, where the average income is $135 a month.
  • With the new minimum wage, a family can buy five cartons of eggs or six pounds of powdered milk.
  • 82 percent of the people in Venezuela are living below the poverty line. In 2014, 52 percent of Venezuelans were above the poverty line.
  • Security guard Romer Sarabia is feeding his family chicken feed he buys on the black market.
  • Factory worker Rainer Figueroa has stopped playing soccer and lost 24 pounds because he only eats two meals day. Figueroa went on a “diet” so kids would have enough to eat. “I can’t afford to burn calories or wear out my sneakers,” Figueroa said. Figueroa works at a diaper factory that no longer produces diapers because it cannot afford to buy raw materials.

There is one luxury Venezuelans can afford: reality television. Rangel admits she no longer gets together with her friends. Instead, she watches her favorite show from America.

“I love watching the Kardashians, because you see how people that have everything live,” Range said. “And for a moment you forget what your life is like.”

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  1. Socialism simply does not work. It never has and it never will. It always causes the destruction of a nation and its people.
    “When I was in Turkey in the military I helped people who had escaped from the Soviet Union and listened to their stories hours upon hours. Stories like this: We heard that the store had chickens and we could pick up a dressed chicken by going to the Communist store. We waited in line for hours and hours and when we finally got up to the front of the line we found that there was no refrigeration and the chickens were so rotten that we could not stand the smell to take one home. The Communists had not planned for refrigeration.”
    “I waited in line for hours to get a pair of shoes. When I got to the front of the line I was handed a pair of shoes that were two sizes too small for me. I had to walk all over town to try to find someone who was given shoes too big for them and trade my too small shoes for their too big shoes. It took me two days to find some shoes that I could wear but were hard on my feet because they were a little too small. Everything runs like that in a socialist nation”
    “I waited in line to get some winter clothes for the terrible Russian winter coming in a week or so. I was handed summer clothes. I had to make myself a coat out of an old truck cover canvas. That is all the coat I had for three years.”
    “The Communists Party members take what they want. They say that they own everything you have so they can take it from you anytime they want. They once walked into my home to inspect it. A high Communist Party member saw my great grandmother’s beautiful vase that was handed down to me and the man said that ‘the people have need of this vase’ and he took my vase that had been in my family for many years and put it in his own home. What is worse he took my neighbor’s beautiful wife and made her stay in his home. She had to do anything he wanted her to do.”
    Everyone I helped that had escaped from the Soviet Union had one common report about living under Socialism. They all said that living under Socialism is a literal hell on earth where you live in fear every day of your life never knowing when there will be someone bursting into your home at 3:00 in the morning to take you away where you will never be heard from again. You live in poverty while the Communist Party leaders live like kings and queens. With Socialism the common person shares fear, hunger, poverty, and hopelessness equally. Nothing else.

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