Looking for Advice in the Wrong Place

Venezuela’s food programs

Five Central American presidents have asked Hugo Chávez for advice in supplying food to their populations. According to Honduras’ president Manuel Zelaya, “Venezuela has many [food] programs that are worth taking a look at.”

Tell that to the thousands of Venezuelans who every day wait in line at supermarkets and stores for hours in order to get simple items such as milk or meat. Hugo Chávez’s policies (such as price controls) have caused serious shortages in a country that is awash with oil money.

I’m sure Central Americans are better off without Chávez’s advice.