Actually the more I read about him the more I like him. his heart was certainly in the right place.
Free education from daycare to university
5th in the world per capita university students
5th happiest population in the world
reduced poverty by 44%
reduced food imports by 60%
Reduced child mortality by 50%
That all may well be true and its great news.
In South American child mortality, Venezuela is now only bettered by Ecuador, Columbia, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Chile has an infant mortality rate of just 1/3 that of Venezuela.
In the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela homicides up from 4,550 in 1999 to 20,000 in 2011 in a country with a population of 29 million, compared with a fall from 1,100 to 550 in England and Wales ( pop 58 million) over the same period. Truly the people's friend!
Of course, there is no evidence of a causal link in any of these figures but with Venezuela being a deeply religious country, maybe it was God not Chavez wot did it. see http://en.wikipedia....on_in_Venezuela
In Venezuela, a growing population Santeria followers has been growing since 2008. The rituals can cost 40,000 bolivars and include the slaughtering of a rooster, a chicken, or a goat.
Edited by JohnM, 06 March 2013 - 09:39 PM.