I’m American and I have no problem with him. If he wants to turn his country socialist, that is his business.
But beyond that, Venezuela never really threatened the US, just American (and other) businesses. As unfortunately businesses have become far too entangled in politics, the expectable happened.
the problem with private owned health services and such, is that there is always corruption, private owned health, education etc is not inherently evil... but in the end it won't work because of corrupt idiots... the problem with Socialism, is that is normally used as a facade to some awful things (look at Castro and the Cuban People, who overthrew a dictator to let another rise)...
Admittedly, the NHS WAS and IS in the need of some reform to meet the dynamics of a society that has changed greatly since its inception after WWII.
However, the NHS has provided health care for ALL residents of Britain, not just the rich, as it would seem to be the case of the US where millions cannot afford Health Insurance and die from the results of a lack of hospital and health care. 'Privatisation' of the NHS is turning the clock back to the beginnings of the 20th Century. The British people pay Taxes and National Insurance (according to their income and resources: property, investment returns and so on). The burden for the upkeep of the social infrastructure (including Health Care, 'Old' Age Pensions (which working class people have contributed to all their working lives), Benefits for the disabled and the needy is increasingly falling upon the less well off members of our society. I hesitate to use the descriptor 'POOR', as, in relative terms, we are in one of the more wealthy and privileged societies on the planet.
Nevertheless, I am certainly, not hesitant in criticising the manner in which the Rich (Fat Cats) are dodging paying their FAIR share and are, instead, setting up 'front' companies in different countries to avoid paying Corporation Tax. As seems to be the case in both the US and the UK. Indeed, 'Salting' may be the wrong term, as recent events would seem to suggest that a substantial proportion of the 'wealth' of the 'Fat Cats' is being spent upon Crystal Meth, and Crack Cocaine. No wonder that the B(W)ankers have trashed the economies of the world. In the UK, it was the 'People', (yes, we do still try to think of others, rather than engage in selfish individualism and accruing personal wealth that virtually says F&*K you, I'm all right), that bailed out the Banks and Financial Institutions. Those 'Guilty' of making the mess, were rewarded with multi-million £ and $ pay-offs. Is this justified? or another example of the corrupt political and financial systems currently in place. Now that, the Banks have 'cash' again and are being split up and sold off to surprise, surprise, Private Investment Groups (curious how the acronym PIG seems to appear), the tax-payer which 'rescued' the Banks etc will receive nothing, despite high inflation and increasing energy costs. Unemployment is increasing in most sectors of the economy other than that of 'High Earners'. Nurses and Doctors are working longer hours and shifts, with reduced staff and equipment. People are dying because of a lack of funding in essential areas. Privatisation is part of the illness not part of the treatment. I would also suggest that you might, perhaps, widen you reading material in order to gain a wider and more representative viewpoint.
I'm not sure what exactly you mean by 'needing' a clue about salting away (false) wealth.
"Be happy with what you have and don't lust or crave for that which you don't need". Material and Financial 'Wealth' doesn't 'make' you a better person, in fact, it makes you the opposite: crass, boorish and contemptible.
Pity you only seem to peruse 'Right Wing' Newspapers.(The papers you have listed are major contributors to the Conservative Party). Legislation would seem to be the 'Democratic' way to decide what is 'fair', however, the 'Rich and Influential' have corrupted the politicians and law makers on both sides of the Atlantic (and elsewhere). The 'people' no longer have any influence to determine their own lives and futures. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to announce in his Autumn Statement today that the Pension Age will rise to 68. The average life expectancy in Scotland (from statistics on average incomes) is 59.8. That's one to solve the deficit, let the less well off die before the can retire. As I'm sure is the case in the US, most (and I do stress most ) politicians and wealthy have inherited wealth (and therefore have not 'earned' it), furthermore, hardly one has done any physical hard work in their entire lives. They have had a very 'privileged' upbringing and an excellent education (free and high standard education (as in health care) is one of the bedrocks of a decent, humane AND Democratic Society.
The amount of money wasted in election campaigns (donated by the wealthy, which, I suppose is THEIR democratic right) is obscene. There should be a cap on spending on these campaigns. How many schools, hospitals could this amount of cash build, support or even keep open?
Thee acquisition of vast wealth is usually (but not always) derived from the exploitation of others. This is especially true with the continual rising power of MNCs in the process of increasing Globalisation. It, will be interesting to see when China becomes the Economic Power that the US once was. China already owns a large tract of both US and UK manufacturing bases and financial institutions, as well as Government Bonds. We are all in 'hock' to China. Maybe China will start calling the shots on both our societies' way of life' and distribution of wealth.
There is vast gulf between US viewpoints on Taxation and the average Briton, Scotland especially which is historically more socialist than Most of England, the North East and North West being exceptions. In the area of Scotland where I live, as well has other areas, there are large Estates that have been 'owned' by the same family for generations( a nice little bit of inbreeding here, much the same as the Royal Family) In living memory, Estate workers were 'told' how to vote, if they didn't vote 'correctly' they would lose their jobs and they and their wife and children would be made homeless. Often they had to leave their 'tied' accommodation within 24 hours or even less.
NHS-Scotland does have flaws, but, in general, is more efficient than the rest of the 'country'. The Scottish people will have their say on our future next year when we can vote for an Independent Scotland. WE, will then have right to decide what is a 'fair' rate of taxation and what benefits the social infrastructure can accrue from this independence. As you can probably guess, I will be voting yes.
An interesting little tome (well, not so little) is Erik S. Reinert's 'How Rich Countries Got Rich...... and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor'. It is objective in putting forward a viewpoint, which is more than can be said for the delusional ravings of the papers you mention.
The land was stolen from the people dumb ass. Americans are great ones to speak about violation of property rights! What about all the land Americans stole from the original inhabitants? Massacred thousands, put the survivors into 'Reservations'. Then , when it was found that, that land had 'valuable' commodities such as gold, oil, coal, moved them on again into even more arid land. So much for THEIR 'Property Rights'. Try reading Howard Zinn's "A Peoples History of the United Sates".
I'm quite willing to, and have gone on protests about the unfair distribution of wealth on a global scale. So, I guess, I Do put my life where my mouth is.
I've also protested against the false reasons for invading other countries by the US and UK, who also infringe the rights of the people of other nations to determine their own future. British Imperial History is one of shame to many opened minded British People as it should be. Funny how people in the US who protest against 'Wall Street' and outright lies about the causes and motives for invasions and covert operations in other countries are labelled 'Lefties, Commies, Pinkos, Trots etc.
How many puppet governments under Fascist and Brutal Dictators has the US installed and supported since the adoption of the 'Monroe Doctrine'?
Does Globalisation mean that the US can interfere any where there are events that are not in the 'National Interest'. Monsanto-The United Fruit Companies record on the mal-treatment of indigenous workers is well known, but I suppose you would not think that unfair, as long as the share holders make a buck. Most major MNCs also bribe puppet governments to use 'Export Processing Zones'. EPZs also have deplorable working and living conditions. Girls of the age of 13-14 are forced to work 10 hours a day ( for less than a $), so that people of western countries with market driven economies (especially the US) can have the latest designer clothing and jewellery and so on. How would you like to have your sister or daughter, or brother, or son live and work under these conditions.
It's about time that North Americans such as yourself climbed out of their safe, comfortable, materialistic and isolationist cave and looked at the real world and the human deprivation that is around us.
Chavez - Dictator who supports Argentina's claim to the Falklands (Malvinas).
Chavez - Dictator who drags Venezuela from the US-back Andean Community to the Russia-backed Mercosur/Mercosul.
Because nothing says freedom like an unconstitutional ban on voting for who you want to vote for after his or her second term right?