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Clinton following the lead of Chavez?

Posted by Stephen on February 11, 2007

Is Presidential hopeful, Democrat, and NY Senator Hillary Clinton listening to closely to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez?

Chavez, the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, continues to promote his vision of democratic socialism. In 1999 Chavez could not get measures he supported through the general assembly, so he called for a new election. The result of the sudden special election increased the number of his supporters in office to 95% (120 out of 131 seats) and allowed him to call for, and receive, expanded presidential powers.

With his new powers, he has renamed his country, written a new constitution to allow for greater presidential powers and extended terms, declared his intention of creating a socialist nation, called the President of the United States “The Devil”, and taken control of his nation’s social security, aluminum holdings, and the oil industry.

While nationalizing the oil industry, Chavez scolded oil companies for their profits, warned them not to expect to receive those profits any longer, and warned nations around the world of grave consequences if they interfered.

This is the point in which the story shifts to Senator Hillary Clinton.

Senator Clinton stated in a speech “The Democrats know what needs to be done. Again, we’re working to try to push this agenda forward. The other day the oil companies reported the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits and I want to put them into a strategic energy fund.”

After scolding oil companies for large profits, Clinton pushed her idea to take profits from oil companies and place them in a government controlled fund to a group at the DNC winter meeting. During her speech, interrupted by audience members protesting her vote to approve the war in Iraq, she advocated government’s ability to expand and control investment into alternative energy sources while offering little in the way of incentives to accomplish the same goal.

Clinton is an advocate for expanding government to address challenges she sees in society. Nationalization of a program or industry is a consistent theme for the Senator and Democrat from NY. In 1992, as First Lady, Clinton proposed and aggressive national heath care program that would have socialized medicine in the United States under what she describes as universal health care.

It is early, but Clinton has begun to define herself, and while it is clear that she is not receiving direct advice from the likes of Chavez, it is also clear that she advocates certain principles of the socialist party. It will be important to extract more detailed information from the Senator to further understand how her approach to expanding government will benefit the nation she hopes to lead.


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