Chavez is really into the hell thing, huh?
From the AP:
President Hugo Chavez told U.S. officials to “Go to hell, gringos!” and called Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice “missy” on his weekly radio and TV show Sunday, lashing out at Washington for what he called unacceptable meddling in Venezuelan affairs.
The tirade came after Washington raised concerns about a measure to grant the fiery leftist leader broad lawmaking powers. The National Assembly, which is controlled by the president’s political allies, is expected to give final approval this week to what it calls the “enabling law,” which would give Chavez the authority to pass a series of laws by decree during an 18-month period.
On Friday, U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said Chavez’s plans under the law “have caused us some concern.”
Chavez rejected Casey’s statement in his broadcast, saying: “Go to hell, gringos! Go home!”
Into Hell and a racist, isn’t that interesting?
Chavez, who was re-elected by a wide margin last month, has said he will enact sweeping reforms to remake Venezuela into a socialist state. Among his plans are nationalizing the main telecommunications company, CANTV, and the electricity and natural gas sectors.
He said Sunday his government will not pay the market value for CANTV, but rather will take into account debts to workers, pensions and other obligations including a “technological debt” to the state. CANTV, partially owned by U.S.-based Verizon Communications Inc., was privatized in 1991.
Well, that will teach our companies to do business in South America.
Criticizing excessive consumption and self-indulgence, Chavez also announced plans in his broadcast to raise domestic gasoline prices and approve a new tax on luxury goods such as private yachts, second homes and extravagant automobiles.
He did not give details on the gas price hike, which he said would not affect bus drivers who provide public transportation, or the luxury tax. He said revenue from the new measures would be put toward government social programs.
Venezuela is one of the world’s leading petroleum exporters and gasoline now costs as little as 12 cents a gallon due to government subsidies.
He is going to raise taxes to pay for social programs, Gee, he sounds like a U.S. democrat!
I keep telling you he is turning his country into a totalitarian socialist government. Well, sit back and watch it happen!