"They are barbaric, these capitalist parasites!" Maduro thundered in the latest of his lengthy daily speeches. "We have more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the moment."
The successor to the late Hugo Chavez also said his government was preparing a law to limit Venezuelan businesses' profits. Officials say unscrupulous companies have been hiking prices of electronics and other goods more than 1,000 percent. Critics say failed socialist economic policies and restricted access to foreign currency are behind Venezuela's runaway inflation.
Since the weekend, soldiers and inspectors have gone into 1,400 shops, taken over operations at an electronics firm and a battery-making company, and rounded up a handful of looters. Maduro says he is defending the poor.
How much different is this from what is currently happening in the United States with the health industry. The reason for Obamacare is to defend the poor. The name calling of Maduro is no more extreme than what those who oppose Obamacare have been called by the American Marxist/Progressives. Obamacare was established to control profits of private companies in the healthcare industry. The only thing that has not occurred in the United States is an armed takeover of hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies or medical device manufacturers. Give the American Marxist/Progressives a little more time.