That is, if you can find tofu!
Because you sure won’t be having any empanadas de carne:
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has threatened to nationalise stores that sell meat above a government-set price.
The government says supermarkets have been artificially boosting prices of basic foods by manipulating stockpiles.
But critics blame regular food shortages on prices imposed four years ago, forcing shops to sell at a loss.
Many privately-owned supermarkets have suspended sales of beef, milk and sugar after one chain was temporarily closed for pricing meat above allowed levels.
The government has already seized goods that it says are being hoarded to drive up prices.
Chavez controls the courts, the legislature, all branches of governemnt, the media, and now the food supply:
President Chavez told a gathering of pensioners in the capital, Caracas, that he was waiting for the “first excuse” to take over privately-owned outlets that manipulate prices.
Just another day in Cubazuela.
Update: Round-up at Publius Pundit
Sigmund, Carl and Alfred says
Chavez might be on to something.
By all means, let the government take over food and staples distribution outlets.
Nothing like long lines for margarine, toilet paper and rice to shore up support for the regime.
Ask the Russians, Poles, Czechs and Bulgarians of their fond memories.
And the Cubans, too!
Which reminds me, the Venezuelans are having to get their beer at the precint.
Darn, now I have a craving for an empanada and a beer.
Obi's Sister says
I love empanadas! But with TOFU? Ick – that thought just makes me gag. Sounds like something you’d eat when you’re pregnant.
When I was pregnant I didn’t eat tofu.
Now I can’t eat tofu because of a soy allergy, but I certainly don’t miss it.
Apparently the Venezuelan stores still carry chicken feet