What makes lefties think it can end any better in Venezuela than it has in Cuba or the USSR or North Korea or Zimbabwe - or anywhere else it was tried!?!?
Tucked into a corner on Plaza Bolívar is Café Venezuela, part of a chain of open-air restaurants established by the government this year. The cafe serves Venezuela-grown coffee and Venezuelan snacks like cassava bread at so-called solidarity prices, half or less than what customers would pay elsewhere.
Ideology is also on the menu. The cafes were created by Comerso, a state holding company for socialist enterprises, which also manages stores that sell everything from subsidized arepas, the crispy corn cakes that are the staple of the Venezuelan diet, to inexpensive Chinese cars. The branch in Plaza Bolívar replaced a clothing store that once occupied the same spot and was expropriated live on television by Mr. Chávez.
The planners behind the cafes have multiple objectives: to provide food and conviviality at democratic prices, to serve as commercial linchpins to renew some of the city’s most run-down districts and, not incidentally, to remind satisfied patrons of the government’s populist program in an election year.
Judging by the long lines that snake from the counter onto the sidewalk on most days, they are a hit.
“We’ve taken back this space from the oligarchy, and now it’s ours,” said Pedro Sandoval, 58, a musician who strums boleros on his guitar at the Café Venezuela at Plaza Bolívar. His repertoire includes Venezuelan folk classics as well his own compositions like a song called “El Terrorista” that describes a thwarted plot to assassinate Mr. Chávez.
Yet they still push socialist scheme and socialist regimes.