Some recent stories on Venezuela haven't gotten a whole lot of media attention. Staples such as milk, eggs and sugar have been scarce. On May 2 Reuters reported that Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez "bought" one of Venezuela's largest dairy companies and a refrigeration chain to try to alleviate the food crisis. Reuters ran a similar story on April 29, but again, I don't remember a whole lot of media attention.
I do recall Chavez making headlines a while back when he said he would provide cheap oil to poor Americans. I don't hear much about my neighborhood Citgo station's gas prices being higher than it's nearby competitors, but that's another story. The media only wants to hype stories that make President Bush and the US look bad. They don't want us to hear about the utter failure of socialist governments to "take care of the people".
Chavez, a socialist, has been in power in Venezuela for 10 years. There are government price controls, government planning of milk companies, and rules against free trade. Venezuela's large oil industry is state run. So after 10 years in power and all of that oil money and government planning why are Venezuelans running out of food? Why are there any poor people left in Venezuela? Why can't the people find car parts and paper?
If this is what you want for the United States, by all means, vote for the socialist, I mean Democratic, candidate this fall.