Friday, September 30, 2016

The Long Vacation

Venezuelans are going on vacation for groceries:
Pew notes that the number of Venezuelans living in the United States skyrocketed nearly 400 percent between 1990 and 2013 (Chávez took power in 1998, though he attempted a coup in 1992). Many of these, however, were the Venezuelans with the most resources to leave the country, as evidenced by their educational backgrounds. Pew notes that Venezuelan-Americans have, on average, attained higher education levels than the U.S. population overall, not just the U.S. Hispanic population, and 70 percent speak English proficiently.

The number of Venezuelans fleeing their country upon Chávez’s assumption of power, though certainly spiking significantly after Nicolás Maduro took over in 2013, reflects a slow-burn decline of the nation’s economy, political freedom, and the solidity of its democratic institutions. Reports that Venezuela had run out of toilet paper began as early as May 2013 — two months into Maduro’s tenure — but, by 2015, even luxury hotels were warning travelers to pack their own.
It's the real paper chase...

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