May 09, 2017

Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, but its people are starving. Here’s why.

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Imagine a country that is so poor, the average person has lost 19 pounds, not by choice, but by mass starvation. It’s not North Korea or Ethiopia. It’s what should be the richest country in the world, Venezuela.

Venezuela has the largest oil reserves on earth: 300 billion barrels. That’s more than Saudi Arabia. That’s nearly ten times the amount of oil reserves in the United States. Nearly double what we have in our oilsands.

Venezuela is not naturally a backwards country. It's got 95 per cent or so literacy rates. It’s got skyscrapers.

But then it got socialism.

During a recession, dictator Hugo Chavez took power and that crisis became permanent.

Chavez is dead, and his protege Nicolas Maduro is the new dictator. But Chavez’s daughter, still has some power, along with $4.2 billion in foreign bank accounts.

Where are the celebrities like Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone, who said Chavez and Maduro were models for the world?

Those Hollywood losers are really nobodies, though, whereas there really are Chavistas in power, like Rod Loyola, an MLA in Rachel Notley’s government, that’s bringing Chavismo to Alberta.

Right now, every leftist who ever supported Chavez should have their face rubbed into this human misery.

But they won’t, will they?

NEXT: Sun columnist Lorrie Goldstein and I discuss how political some charities have become ever since Trudeau became prime minister.

THEN: Broadcaster John Gormley comes on to talk about Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s latest dig at the PM, this time for threatening to tie carbon taxes to transfer payments.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2017-05-10 23:27:14 -0400
Want carbon capture? Ban paper recycling.
commented 2017-05-10 18:48:43 -0400
Donald Trump is a loyalist. All someone has to do is provide a copy of Ezra Levant’s latest book, “Trumping Trudeau” (which was GREAT, by the way) to White House staff (preferably Kellyanne Conway who has her finger on the pulse of everything important), letting them be aware that Jack Posobiec, as a newly appointed White House correspondent, is allied with Ezra and The Rebel.
That information alone should be enough to ensure that President Trump will call on Posobiec more often than the poseurs from the fake news.
commented 2017-05-10 14:04:29 -0400
- Socialism serves only the political class & their lackeys. Venezuela’s tiny political class has done quite well for itself. It doesn’t happen with socialism some of the time – it’s every single time. It’s just a matter of how long it takes to get there. The UN estimates Sweden will be reaching that point by about 2030.

- I’m guessing that none of Suzuki’s mansions are in Ontario. Liberal corruption knows no bounds under normal circumstances, now there’s an idiot man-child in charge who seems to believe he’s Canada’s god-king. The only way the Liberals can fundraise is through cronyism & essentially ripping off taxpayers.

- Thank goodness for Brad Wall. Carbon taxing is a scam & corrupt socialists are desperate to push it through at any cost. We need an opposition party in Ottawa. The CPC leadership election should have taken place no later than one year after the last election. Lets hope we get an actual Conservative leader.

- Great to see The Rebel grow. Good going Jack.
commented 2017-05-10 14:01:27 -0400
PETER N… I thought Keystone XL was approved. We could ship our products to the Gulf and around the world. Trudeau could drink his Saudi oil and go fuck himself.
commented 2017-05-10 14:01:27 -0400
PETER N… I thought Keystone XL was approved. We could ship our products to the Gulf and around the world. Trudeau could drink his Saudi oil and go fuck himself.
commented 2017-05-10 13:26:44 -0400
@ David White

I agree, but if that happened the new merge would have to join the US otherwise there is no way we could get our oil to tide water.
commented 2017-05-10 13:06:24 -0400
With the long standing political situation and current results out of BC, time for Alberta and Saskatchewan to join forces and sever ties with the cancer that surrounds us now. If Manitoba has an epiphany they can come along. Enough of eastern elitism and their constant robbery of our provinces wealth. How much more of ass wipe Trudeau’s disdain of the west should we tolerate? I think the time has come to put a permanent end to the Laurentian elites having control over us.

As for Michael Moore, a Venezuelan holiday of a few months should do the trick. It could be his Jenny Craig moment. Maybe Sophie could join him.
commented 2017-05-10 11:47:40 -0400
Saskatchewan should leave confederation and bring Alberta with them. Albertans just about poop their pants at the idea that this system isn’t working for us. We should get off our behinds and move on, we’re losing our integrity. Jt is the most loathsome PM of all time, a true bully. Unity is crumbling under the libranos. Brad Wall is our hero. I loved those excerpts from his letter. It’s time to re-visit whether the west is getting any benefit from this union. And yes, leaving has reared its head, to me, after seeing the banana republic that Jt and Ndp is forcing us into.
commented 2017-05-10 11:29:17 -0400
Congratulations to Jack Posobeic and the rebel. Very well deserved victory in the midst of difficult battles. Now it’s time to fight for Tommy Robinson.
commented 2017-05-10 04:24:47 -0400
Kieth Barnes, im guessing that the muslim migrants are out for free shit & because of socialism Venezuela has nothing to offer them but starvation. Canadas tax payers wont be able to go long either with socialist agenda being implemented & migrants flooding in collecting money, sooner or later there will be to many taking & hardly anyone putting back in. Then we will be like Venezuela.
commented 2017-05-10 02:21:40 -0400
Trudeau; Saskatchewan calling. Please return our call at 1-800-youhateus-wehateyoutoo.
commented 2017-05-10 02:03:52 -0400
Well, somebody has to stick it to Trudeau. Pallister tried, over health funding, but failed miserably. Now three emergency rooms and one urgent care facility center are closing in Winnipeg.
commented 2017-05-10 00:53:50 -0400
REBELATION – a lack of interest to push problems onto other countries is not synonymous with ‘terrorist sympathizing’ or any such thing. No one wants terrorists here, but a) many do not want to push whatever problems turn out to be found here on to other countries, and b) enabling a Minister of State arbitrary authority to rip up people’s passports for contravening extremely poorly defined laws is a supremely bad idea, and is not conducive to the freedoms that no Canadian can take for granted.

As for whether bombing people or sending winter jackets (AND boots on the ground trainers which are actually more effective, but risky, for the mission) is more effective at combatting extremism, well, the election showed that Canadians do not have a preference for methods that cause large numbers of civilian casualties.

Oh yeah, and the Venezuela memes are getting tiresome.
commented 2017-05-10 00:47:57 -0400
Thankfully, having a heart (e.g., ensuring access to food, education and basic health services) does not require failing in the way that Venezuela did until Chavez.

Successful countries like Canada and many European countries are proof of this.
commented 2017-05-10 00:47:22 -0400
The Tax Code of Canada is a law by itself. By bypassing it for his millionnaire friends and their fake charities, Trudeau has committed an illegal act. If politicians start making exceptions in the application of our tax laws, we have officially become a corrupted banana republic, no better than Venezuela. As for Saskatchewan, this is pure bullying from our dictator in chief and quite frankly, not surprising. The little people must pay the carbon tax, or else die or suffer without medical treatment? Is this where we are already under this gov’t? Totally insane.
commented 2017-05-10 00:10:12 -0400
Deb Duffy—-A down to earth post; its obvious that you have an open mind. I have friends that only listen to the MSM (fake news), however they can’t believe that Peter Mansbridge would lie.
commented 2017-05-09 22:50:25 -0400
Great Show Ezra!

Lefty’s are the most greedy slimeballs on the planet!!! They are ALL about the money. I mean really, what do you think Marxism is – taking other ppl’s money. Socialism – is spending other ppl’s money cause they can’t control themselves. Taxing ppl to death because they can’t stop spending. The only reason they hate industrialists is – because they got all the money!!!

Right, so Trudeau insists we keep convicted terrorists, he invites extremist Imams into parliament, he pulls our jets out of the war, he triples his spending pledge to 30B / yr instead of 10, he intervenes to save his buddies from CRA, he gives money to cronies, he threatens provinces. What do you think this country would be like if say, he was in power for 20yrs – Venezuela perhaps?
commented 2017-05-09 22:33:18 -0400
Resources are nothing without the risk takers to exploit and skills to bring them to market , if you steal the profits of this productivity you kill the productive will – Chavez chased the productive class out of the nation by stealing their productivity – seen this disincentive in every Marxist economic experiment. Even the Chinese couldn’t squeeze wealth out of utopian intentions.
commented 2017-05-09 22:00:49 -0400
If Trudeau reduces Saskatchewan’s health care transfer payments, Brad Wall should hold back the same amount of transfer payments, since Saskatchewan sends more to Ottawa than they receive.
commented 2017-05-09 21:52:09 -0400
My husband started watching the Rebel from the beginning and would tell me what the show was about. I remember saying to him, “if that was true how come it’s not all over the TV news.” I started watching a few Rebel shows myself and realized how uniformed I was, getting my news from MSM that tells you nothing. Two years ago I went from being a “sheeple” to a “Rebel”
With all your hard work uncovering the truth, the sheeple are waking up. Keep it up Rebel!!
commented 2017-05-09 21:47:22 -0400
I look forward to see what happens in Saskatchewan if Trudeau reduces their healthcare transfer funds due to a lack of a carbon tax that he approves of.
Will Saskatchewaners riot in the streets? Will Brad Wall cave and create a tax to satisfy Our Dear Leader? Will Trudeau send in the army to quell an uprising? Will Saskatchewan vote to separate from the Ottawa dictatorship?
Clearly either Trudeau or Wall will have to relent. But which one?
commented 2017-05-09 21:42:08 -0400
What is happening in Venezuela is horrific. You may not know but they also have islands that are the most beautiful sites I have ever seen, true paradise of beauty. Their example should motivate us to fight vehemently against the communism ideals of the left that are indoctrinating our youth. This is a 2017 catastrophe, not a 100 year-old crisis. For unlimited welfare, for a guaranteed annual income for everybody, for gov’t takeover from cradle to grave, the left would bring us down into such a nightmare without hesitation. Hope you post your segment for all to see.
commented 2017-05-09 21:35:05 -0400
Dose Venezuela not have a problem with the Death Cult called Islam, or were they all starved to death?
commented 2017-05-09 21:22:02 -0400
Many charities have become funding fronts for leftist activism. An honest investigative audit of the activities these charities fund would kill their charity status – that is if an honest audit is even possible these days.
commented 2017-05-09 20:59:55 -0400
Regarding charities, this is one issue I have agree with Andrew Coyne about. As he wrote in a recent article, there should be no tax deduction for charities period.

No tax deduction frees all charities. Also, if people believe in the work done by a charity, they should be happy to do so without an expectation of a tax receipt. For example, Rebelnators donate to various Rebel fund raisers believing in them, because we do not get a tax receipt for our donation. I have a couple of off-shore charities that I cannot get a tax deduction for, but I believe in their work.

One should support something because they believe in it. The left wing charities are only worried about tax status because they know their left wing base will not support them without a tax credit. Their base truly is shallow, and does not believe.