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While His Citizens Starve, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Shows Off Expensive Taste on Instagram

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It is astounding how many clueless aspiring socialists there are in the United States as we can watch in real time exactly how awful socialist policies are for the people of a nation in which they are fully implemented.

Free health care and education mean very little when there’s no medicine or food, which is precisely what it is like in Venezuela, where people are starving, hunting for dogs and digging through garbage in the streets as their president, Nicolas Maduro, still lives quite comfortably.

In fact, during a recent trip to China to solicit aid for his cash-starved government, he enjoyed a lavish steak dinner with social media celebrity chef Nusret Gokce during a stopover in Istanbul with seemingly little self-awareness just how insane it was to dine on steak while his own people rarely see red meat…let alone frequent meals.

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Reuters reports:

Turkish celebrity chef Nusret Gokce, who owns a chain of restaurants and is known as Salt Bae for his theatrical style of sprinkling salt on his steaks, posted videos and photos on his Instagram and Twitter pages showing Maduro and his wife, Cilia, dining.

In one video, Maduro tells fellow diners, “This is a once in a lifetime moment,” as Gokce dramatically slices steak for them by their table while swaying his hips. In another video, Maduro smokes a cigar taken from a box with a plaque of his name.

Maduro confirmed the visit in a state broadcast later on Monday. Gokce did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Venezuela’s political opposition jumped on the meal as evidence of Maduro’s disconnect from the country’s crisis, which has caused over 2 million people to emigrate to escape widespread shortages of food and medicine.

Almost two-thirds of Venezuelans surveyed in a university study published in February said they had lost on average 11 kilograms (24 lbs) in body weight last year. Eighty-seven percent were assessed to live in poverty.

“While Venezuelans suffer and die of hunger, Nicolas Maduro and Cilia enjoy one of the priciest restaurants in the world, all with money stolen from the Venezuelan people,” tweeted opposition leader Julio Borges, the former head of Congress.

On social media, Venezuelans shared mocked-up images showing Gokce doing his trade-mark salt sprinkle pose above a skeletal child.

You see, uninformed aspiring American socialists, despite having multiple regimes such as Maduro’s as a reference point, seem to either willingly ignore or somehow have never noticed that this is simply par for the course for a socialist leader.

At the end of the day, socialist governments never actually redistribute the wealth from the 1% to the 99%…they just eventually become the 1% themselves.

 

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