In Venezuela Hospitals are out of medicine, grocery stores are out of food, gangs are fighting in the streets, and the general population of the oil-rich country is starving. Men like the Deputy of the National Assembly for the state of Guárico, José Manuel González, have been lobbying for change over the last year, but the government isn’t listening. The country of Venezuela is collapsing, and González is trying everything in his power to stop it.
At this point, González, the former President of Fedecamaras, and an agricultural entrepreneur thinks the best way to solve his country’s dire issues is to get a national referendum in place that replaces the incompetent President, Nicolás Maduro. González is not alone in his assessment. Thousands of people have signed a petition to remove the Chavez hand-picked president from office. The government opposition is growing, and González is leading the charge in his state and the other agricultural states in Venezuela.
González explained Venezuela problems recently when he was interviewed by the press. González said there was an economic illusion in place that concealed the excessive borrowing, and the political corruption that was going on when the price of oil was $100 a barrel. Venezuela has the richest oil reserves in the world, but Venezuelan oil is the thick variety that is expensive to refine. The United States was Venezuela’s biggest customer before the bottom fell out of the oil market, and the Maduro government was too blind and too stubborn to compensate for the lost business, according to González.
Venezuela has been forced to import oil from other countries in order to sell their special blend. The government is mixing Venezuelan oil with lighter oil from the U.S., and other countries and Maduro believes that is the ticket out of the national economic disaster that is changing the face of the country.
There isn’t a solid plan in place that can bring the country back from the brink of disaster, according to González. The Maduro agricultural plan is not working either, and his state is experiencing unprecedented violence because of the food shortage. Normal citizens are becoming criminals in order to eat.