The Road To Socialist Ruin
The revolution in Venezuela has hit a few snags:
The number of public employees has ballooned during Chavez's presidency, from about 1.3 million to 2.4 million. And Chavez has made clear that if he's re-elected, "that's going to keep going up."But hey, look at their health care program!
Despite all the spending, critics argue that Chavez has ignored some of the nation?s basic needs and has failed to modernize the nation.
Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has argued that more should have been spent to improve police forces as the country's violent crime rate soars.
Under Chavez, Venezuela's murder rate has skyrocketed to the fourth highest in the world, kidnappings are rampant throughout the capital of Caracas and the country has become a hub for the South American drug trade.