Thursday, March 16, 2006

The New Progressive Face of Latin America

The more I hear about Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, the more I like:

When Bush and Condi-Lies threaten him, he doesn't knuckle under, he talks back. (Note to Democrats, you could learn by his example.)

When big oil companies were recording record profits due to the disaster in New Orleans, Chavez offered cheap oil to poor Americans, bypassing Bush and dealing with state governors.

With Venezuela's oil money, he bought Argentina's government bonds, freeing that country from the hegemony of the International Monetary Fund. (If you don't understand the significance of that, you should read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins who explains how he, and others like him, helped U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business.)

For Ecuador Hugo Chavez bought up $25 million in defaulted government bonds (saving them from IMF economic hit men).

Chavez is supporting the creation of a "Bank of the South" which would grant loans without the conditions imposed by Washington for IMF loans.

Condi "Full of Lies" Rice and George W. Bush are unable to intimidate Hugo Chavez, hero of Latin America, and now Bolivia has Evo Morales and Chile elected a socialist who is an AGNOSTIC! That would never happen here where presidential candidates pander to religious wingnuts.