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Local citizen reports: Shelves are bare at Naval Air Station

Maps and signs help us navigate and avoid danger. As a society, do we still have that
ability to recognize signs that something is not right?
Pulling into a gas station or standing in the checkout line at the grocery store have
become anxiety inducing interactions. High prices are not the only sign that
something is not right.
A recent trip to the commissary at Naval Air Station Jacksonville presented another
sign that something is definitely not right. Never has an entire freezer in the frozen
food section been empty, and shelves completely bare. 
What is happening? Food prices out of control, gas prices out of control, now food
shortages. History is a teacher, and Venezuela is an excellent example of what we do
not want to become.
Venezuela, a once prosperous and free nation has become a nation in despair under
socialism. The Chavez, in 1999, government promised the people fair wages,
affordable housing, affordable health care, and education. Also, promised that
corporations would pay their fair share.
It has been two decades since those promises were made to the people of Venezuela.
Today, they live in fear in the streets, and search garbage dumps for food. Their
currency is worthless, and the inflation rate is just over 200%. Government policies
destroyed the Venezuelan economy, businesses, and the lives of it’s citizens.
Our government is spending more on a myriad of social programs, is hostile to the
fossil fuel industry, and has burdened businesses with costly regulations. The
inflation rate has increased 7.2% since this administration took office, driving prices
up, and making our hard earned dollar worth less.
We are looking more and more like what began in Venezuela approximately 20
years ago. Take a look at the time line of their descent into despair and fear.
After reading this, ask yourself, “Is it too late for us?” “Can we stop America from
becoming Venezuela?”

James Carafano

James Jay Carafano is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges. He is the Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher.


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