Venezuela Socialism Failure – Supreme Court vs Unions
Fading democracy in Venezuela demonstrates failure of socialism
The rapid deterioration of the once prosperous and democratic nation of Venezuela is only the most recent evidence of the failure of socialism. Standards of living have dropped disastrously since the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998 set the country on its current course. Food riots, accelerating emigration and outright starvation plague what was once the brightest economic light in South America. The 2013 death of Chávez brought Nicolás Maduro to power, who has doubled down on both the redistributive and repressive policies of the Chávez regime
Venezuela: 75% of population lost 19 pounds amid crisis
Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of at least 19 pounds in 2016 due to a lack of proper nutrition amid an economic crisis.
The survey, called ENCOVI, is a joint effort conducted by the Central University of Venezuela, the Andrés Bello Catholic University and the Simón Bolívar University, along with the Fundación Bengoa food and nutrition group and other non-governmental organizations.
Justin Trudeau once praised China’s ‘dictatorship’: He’s now making Canada a dystopian nightmare
Over the years, successive political parties in Canada were elected with promises of welfare, guaranteed minimum income, employment insurance, maternity/paternity leave benefits, subsidized daycare and free medical care.
It struck me that these were the same things that the Communist dictators provided to their citizens and were funded, in part, by forcing women to work for the State. Of course, all of these things cost money. To pay for them, Canadian governments had to steadily raise taxes. Forty years ago, two-income families had a higher standard of living. However, today, when our taxes are among the highest in the world, most families can’t survive on one person’s income. A woman couldn’t afford to stay home to care for children even if she wanted to. If one was to calculate the money the family pays for income taxes, excise taxes and HST you might come to the realization that the woman is being forced to work for the State.
Turns out Justin Trudeau is more like Pierre than we feared
After inheriting Stephen Harper government’s zero-deficit balance sheet a little over two years ago, Trudeau’s budgeted 2017–18 deficit has rocketed to $18 billion
Like father, like son, the old adage goes. It’s rarely been truer than in the case of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and his son. Pierre was once asked for his views on democracy and communism, and stated that a one-party state would be the ideal government under certain conditions. That might sound familiar.
U.S. Supreme Court ruling deals major setback to labour unions
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a big blow to organized labor, ruling that non-members cannot be forced in certain states to pay fees to unions representing public employees such as teachers and police, shutting off a key union revenue source.
The 5-4 ruling overturned a 1977 Supreme Court precedent that had permitted these so-called agency fees, which have been collected from millions of workers who opt not to join unions in lieu of union dues to fund non-political activities such as collective bargaining. The court’s conservative justices were in the majority, with the liberal justices dissenting.
U.S. Supreme Court rules against public unions collecting fees from non-members
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labour unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labour.
The court’s conservative majority, re-empowered by Justice Neil Gorsuch, scrapped a 41-year-old decision that had allowed states to require that public employees pay some fees to unions that represent them, even if the workers choose not to join.