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  1. Nov 8, 2015 #1

    phinds

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    I thought this was a joke when I first saw it, but it is not. Venezuela's socialist policies of massive handouts and protectionist ((causing inflation and prohibiting McDonalds from using non-Venezuelan potatoes) caused McDonalds to stop serving fries w/ their meals there but they have now brought them back, using Venezuelan potatoes. For $133 per large serving. This is about 10% of the average monthly salary in Venezuela.

    Let's hear it for socialism !

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  3. Nov 8, 2015 #2

    jedishrfu

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    Is that US dollars?
     
  4. Nov 8, 2015 #3
    Well, at that price I hope they serve them fresh and hot and with a generous drizzling of non-iodized sea salt..
     
  5. Nov 8, 2015 #4

    jedishrfu

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    With a catered table expensive server ware and preferred seating too.

    Actually this sounds like first class flying.
     
  6. Nov 8, 2015 #5
    Yes, I'm envisioning Michael Caine in a butler outfit with the white towel thrown over his forearm saying, "Your fries, sir.." :biggrin:
     
  7. Nov 8, 2015 #6

    jedishrfu

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    But then that means you'd be Batman.
     
  8. Nov 8, 2015 #7
    Well, I think you'd have to Batman to steal, I mean afford, fries at that price...

    "Some green tea with your Micky D's fries, sir?"

    http://img.moviepilot.com/assets/tarantulaV2/embedded_images/1378301928_art_michael_caine2.jpg
     
  9. Nov 8, 2015 #8

    mheslep

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    Chavez' daughter Maria could order local fries everyday. She's worth aroundhttp://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/08/10/hugo-chavez-daughter-is-richest-individual-in-venezuela-report-claims/ [Broken] Perhaps she invented the iPhone. She and her siblings might require home fries delivery though, since they refuse to move out of the presidential mansion long after the death of Chavez. Yes, let's here it for socialism.
     
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  10. Nov 8, 2015 #9

    billy_joule

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    Massive handouts and protectionism aren't exclusive to socialism:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_subsidy#United_States

    http://www.economist.com/news/unite...mers-grow-subsidies-instead-milking-taxpayers

    I think it's lazy to attribute the failings of some particular government to an entire economic system.
    Do we say capitalism has failed because USA healthcare costs 2.5 times the OECD average yet has below average results? Or that socialism has succeeded because more socialist leaning countries top the 'worlds happiest countries' year on year?
    Capitalism is the best of a bad bunch but there's plenty of evidence that shows some socialist leaning policies can produce better outcomes. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
     
  11. Nov 8, 2015 #10

    Astronuc

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    It's more a case of government corruption, than socialism.
     
  12. Nov 8, 2015 #11

    phinds

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    Whether I agree w/ you or not, I strongly disapprove of your editing my comment to give the false impression that what YOU said is what I said.
     
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