Older but relevant.
“It’s difficult to determine exactly how much money the US has spent on these political programs in Venezuela since Chávez was first elected in 1998, but some estimates put the figure around $50 to $60 million. “
The Venezuelan opposition is funded by oligarchs and US corporate interests who want their oil plain and simple. Yes people there are struggling, if we really wanted to help the people we shift lift sanctions and allow them to trade freely
Many of the anti-government opposition groups taking to the streets in Venezuela have been backed by the US for years and are supported by wealthy Venezuelans. Is that reason to be concerned?
Deficit spending puts more money into the economy. We just increased the deficit to over a trillion dollars per year, mainly for tax cuts to the wealthy. Imagine if we instead spent that trillion dollars per year on infrastructure or education.
“suppose the government spends $100 into the economy but only taxes $90 back out. The result is a surplus equal to $10 that shows up somewhere in the non-government part of the economy. In other words, the government’s “red ink” becomes our “black ink.” Their deficits are our financial surpluses.“
So much ink has been spilled for so long on the national debt, it might be nice if that $22 trillion plus on the red side of the US balance sheet just didn’t really matter.
What’s The Matter With the Democratic Party? Just Watch Pelosi and Schumer Respond to Trump’s Wall Speech.
“Both Trump on the one hand, and Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders on the other, identified several crises, but perhaps the most exigent is the crisis of leadership. It’s either time for Democrats to learn, or it’s time for them to change the guard.”
Sanders and AOC proved they are leaders with their rebuttal of Trumps lie fueled adresss. Schumer and Pelosi proved how out of touch and ineffective they are. Outside of Schumer’s “we don’t govern by temper tantrum” line, their rebuttal was lackluster at best.
The Democratic Party struggles to keep even in a rhetorical battle it should be winning by a landslide.
HEY NEW YORK: GO VOTE!!! It’s primary day, which candidates are chosen matter! And a special plug for my Bronx and Queens friends to vote for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is a candidate you can be truly excited about. But she needs you to vote today or she doesn’t advance. There’s also that little race between Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon for New York. You know what to do. Do it to it, my friends!