To those out there thinking that chavismo has “improved the economy drastically and ameliorated poverty drastically”, chew on this:
9.8% of the population is living in extreme poverty (a 38% increase over the prior year), according to the Venezuelan government’s own figures, as Education Minister Héctor Rodríguez mentioned on February 25 during his speech at a Campaign for Eradicating Extreme Poverty event.
Keeping the populace poor is a feature, not a bug, for chavismo; Héctor Rodríguez himself has said, “We’re not going to pull them out of poverty so they can become protesters,” a sentiment echoed by Planning Minister Jorge Giordani, who says. “The poor must remain poor, we need them like that, we must keep them poor and hopeful.” [quotes in Spanish here]
But back to the latest poverty numbers, Spanish newspaper ABC reports and I translate,
During the second half of 2013, 9.8% of the population, that is, 2,791,292 citizens lived in extreme poverty, while during the same period in 2012 the number was 7.1%, according to statistics published in Venezuelan daily «El Universal».
Looking at the article in El Universal (my translation), the number of households living in poverty increased by 28% in one year:
The percentage of Venezuelan households living in poverty increased from 21.2% in 2012 to 27,3% in 2013.
Contrast that with the chavistas rolling in dough. That’s 21st Century socialism.
The news of Chavez’s death was released on March, 2013. All this was happening while he was still alive, but his legacy lives on.