Men like José Manuel González are keeping hope alive in Venezuela. Jose Manuel González is trying to end the economic nightmare that has turned the oil-rich nation into a horror show. Mr. González is a well-respected business person and a Deputy in The National Assembly. González and other assemblymen have been working for months to form an agreement that would alleviate the food, medicine, and basic necessities shortage. The farms in Venezuela stopped producing food because President Maduro had an import policy in place that dates back to the days of Hugo Chavez. But Chavez had excess oil money to spend on imported goods, but the excess money is gone.
Maduro spent that money, and he spent more money he didn’t have. The people are paying the price for Maduro’s shortsightedness, but José Manuel González is still trying to solve the food shortage using domestic food production from the farms that are still in operation in the state of Guárico. Guárico is a large farming state, but lately, the state has been inundated with crime because of the shortages.
José Manuel González is pushing for a democratic solution to the triple-digit inflation, and the rising unemployment and the lack of everything that has turned Caracas into the most dangerous city in the world. The people of Venezuela have reached their boiling point, but González is still working on a peaceful solution. There is a recall referendum circulating throughout the country, but the election board will not have a recall vote until 2017. That will give Maduro at least another 18 months in office. The National Assembly is concerned that the country will go into civil disobedience mode before the 2017 vote.
The leftist governments of South America are disappearing, according to González. Brazil is in the process of moving away from the left, and Argentina did so at the beginning of 2016. The socialist party in Venezuela, under Maduro’s incompetent decision making, is on the way out, but it could be a messy battle to remove Maduro and the loyalists that support him, according to José. González is pushing for a peaceful settlement, but the opposition is running out of patience.