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New Study From The United Nations Discovers That 1 In 3 Venezuelans Are Facing Hunger

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Conservatives have been using the country of Venezuela as a prime example for why socialism is an awful system of economics ever since the country collapsed, videos and photographs of people waiting in line for food and other basic necessities being posted to try and back up that very same point.

However, that just didn’t seem to convince the vast majority of folks on the left who think more government and wealth redistribution will somehow magically solve all of our problems.

Perhaps the latest study from the United Nations, which discovered that 1 in 3 Venezuelans are facing hunger, will managed to do the trick?

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About 9.3 million Venezuelans don’t have access to enough food to meet minimum nutrition requirements, according to a study from the United Nations.

One-third of Venezuelans were found to be moderately or severely food insecure by researchers from the World Food Programme, a project established by the U.N. The World Food Programme describes food insecurity as the inability to meet basic dietary needs.

The study, which consisted of surveys from 8,375 Venezuelans, showed that a large percentage of people were surviving on just potatoes or beans. Even one in five residents in the most prosperous areas of Venezuela was unable to meet basic nutritional needs.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they have used “food-related coping strategies” such as rationing meals or limiting dinners to just one cheap food. One-third of respondents said they have accepted food as payment at work rather than receiving cash. One in 5 admitted to selling personal belongings to pay for food.

A Venezuelan rights advocate, Carolina Fernandez, recently stated that the children in the country are possibly going to experience growth challenges to due to the fact that many of them are malnourished.

“We’re talking about children who are going to have long-term problems because they’re not eating adequately,” Fernandez said.

Venezuela has been through the ringer over the last few years. Hyperinflation completely destroyed the Venezuelan bolivar and made it utterly worthless. The country’s leader, Nicolas Maduro, who is largely responsible for the current crisis the country has been experiencing, is refusing to give up power, despite pressure from nations around the world.

Maduro invited the U.N. into the country to conduct the food security study, who had previously refused to allow researchers to come into the country in years gone by.

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Gov. Cuomo Says NY ‘Comfortable’ With Number Of Protective Equipment And Ventilators They Have

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According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his state is “relatively comfortable” with the number of ventilators and other protective equipment it is in possession of right now. New York is the state that’s been hit the hardest in the coronavirus outbreak and has been struggling with keeping an adequate supply of medical equipment to protect medical professionals and help treat patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the shortages have focused on items like gloves, masks, and ventilators. However, as of Friday, Cuomo said New York now has enough equipment to function. Here’s more from The Washington Examiner: “We’re OK right now. We’re OK. PPE you need every day. We have a stockpile where we are now relatively comfortable,” Cuomo said. “Remember, what we’re saying to these hospitals, they’re all uncomfortable. If you ask any hospital if they have enough PPE, they will say no. It is like asking a budget director does he have enough revenue. They will never say yes.” He continued, “These hospitals are accustomed to having a one-month to two-month stockpile. They are now looking at several days of stockpile. So, they are all uncomfortable, but we only have several days for any hospital. And we do have several days for every hospital, and we do have a supply that’s coming in. So, compared to how we have been operating on this new dire circumstances, we are relatively comfortable with ventilators and PPE.” Cuomo made it clear the current situation could change if the rate of hospitalizations for the coronavirus were to suddenly spike up again. As of now, the state has been seeing the numbers level off a bit over the last several days. The governor stated that he talks with hospitals daily and gets reports concerning the supplies these facilities have…

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House Democrats Propose Legislation To Cover All Wages During COVID-19 Outbreak

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A group of Democrats within the House of Representatives are looking to propose a new bill that would cover 100 percent of most worker paychecks throughout the COVID-19 crisis that is making people sick, killing our vulnerable citizens, and destroying out economy and way of life. Of course, the biggest concern with such an idea is where in the world the money is going to come from. If the assumption there is that they are going to just print money to try and cover the cost, that’s a very, very bad idea. Inflation will make the dollar worth less than it already is and cause the cost of living to skyrocket. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat and co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced the Paycheck Guarantee Act, which she said would provide “a federal paycheck” to workers, covering 100% of earnings up to $100,000. “A federal paycheck guarantee is a real solution that matches the scale of the crisis. Mass unemployment is a policy choice. We can and should choose differently,” Jayapal said in a statement Friday. “A federal paycheck guarantee would stanch more layoffs and unemployment, and quickly and reliably deliver relief to workers. Workers would not be forced to apply for unemployment insurance, overwhelm that system and then have to once again find a job. Businesses of all sizes would be able to keep workers on payroll and benefits — and be able to quickly re-open — partially or fully, without having to rehire and retrain their workforce.” Just last month both Congress and President Trump put into law a bill that called for $2.2 trillion — that’s “trillion” with a “t” — to provide $1,200 in cash payments and expanded unemployment benefits to up to four months…

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