From The Center For Individual Freedom
Would you believe it if we told you that the U.S. House of Representatives voted to raise the price you pay for gasoline at the pump and -- at the same time -- give a huge tax break to that America-hating dictator Hugo Chavez?
Well, that is exactly what our so-called elected leaders-- led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her liberal colleagues in the House -- just did.
In common parlance, we call that a "twofer" and as unbelievable as it may sound, Pelosi and company have yet again proved that they have never met a socialist tyrannical despot thatthey did not like!
Here's what happened.
Last week, the House passed H.R. 5351, a bill that will jack up the prices that you and I pay at the pump for gasoline through the imposition of an $18 billion dollar tax increase!
Then they turned around and EXEMPTED HUGO CHAVEZ'S STATE-RUN OIL COMPANY, CITGO, FROM THE TAX!
Investor's Business Daily put it this way in an editorial on Friday titled, "Tax Cut for Hugo:"
"It goes to show that Congress is more willing to empower dictators than to get serious about America's energy supply."
You remember Hugo Chavez. He's the mouth-foaming dictator of Venezuela who came to New York City not too long ago and called the President of the United States "El Diablo" (Translation: "The Devil").
Here's exactly what he said when speaking at the United Nations:
"And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. [performs the sign of the cross] And it smells of sulfur still today."
"Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the President of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world."
"I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the President of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world ." [Emphasis Mine]
And Pelosi and company have basically bestowed favor upon this anti-American dictator and they're bestowing this favor on the backs of American businesses and average American taxpayers like you and me.
Meanwhile, Chavez is traveling all over the world, schmoozing with the leaders of anti-American nations like Iran and Russia.
More than one observer has suggested that Chavez is delusional, seeing himself as Simon Bolivar, who, in the early 19th century,liberated much of South America from the rule of Spain.
But the truth is: Chavez-- not just a cruel clown -- is more like Hitler or Stalin than Bolivar.
Here's a short biography of Hugo Chavez:
Leading a leftist-militarist faction, he attempted to overthrow the government in 1992 , failed, and ended up in prison. Six years later he was elected president of Venezuela.
Once in office, he began the systematic repression of any and all opposition. He has thrown dissenters into prison, and ordered others shot. Even Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned his regime. When the newspapers, radio, and TV began to criticize him, he 'nationalized' them. Now editors and reporters in Venezuela work for Chavez and either praise him or keep their mouths shut out of fear.
Most recently Chavez launched a referendum that would have allowed him to remain Dictator for life.
Chavez is also wildly anti-Semitic and frequently unleashes hysterical diatribes against Israel and the Jewish people. He even disturbs the New York Times, which once hailed Fidel Castro's ascension as a triumph of democracy and agrarian reform.
Pelosi and company's H.R. 5351 will yield Chavez an incomprehensible amount of money-- courtesy of American taxpayers -- which he can use to build dungeons for political prisoners and buy bullets for firing squads.
If liberals in Congress were living under the idiotic delusion that Chavez was a benign figure when they passed this legislation, they could hardly maintain that delusion after Monday's news.
The events speak for themselves.
For more than 40 years, Colombia's legitimate government has been fighting a group calling itself the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) -- the military arm of the Colombian Communist Party.
FARC supports itself by drug dealing and smuggling, extortionand kidnapping.
It is classified as a terrorist organization by the United States and other civilized nations. But Hugo Chavez and his friend Rafael Correa -- president of Ecuador -- regard FARC as their ally in their great war against the United States of America.
On Saturday, Colombian military forces pursued FARC's second in command, Raul Reyes, into Ecuador and killed him and at least 16 of his men -- the biggest defeat in FARC's history.
This news sent Hugo Chavez off the deep end. He strutted and postured before the press, sounding just like what he is -- a banana-Republic dictator -- a character out of a Hollywood farce.
On Sunday, during his weekly radio address he bellowed:
"Mr. Defense Minister, move 10 battalions to the border with Colombia for me, immediately -- tank battalions. Deploy the air force. We don't want war, but we aren't going to permit the U.S. empire, which is the master [of Colombia] ... to come divide us." [Emphasis Mine]
Addressing the president of Columbia he said:
"This could be the start of a war in South America.If it occurs to you to do this in Venezuela, President Uribe, I'll send some Sukhois." [warplanes the Russians recently sold to Chavez]
Now you might be tempted to laugh at this posturing, but there's more to this story.
It seems that the Colombians confiscated Reyes's computer and found evidence that Rafael Correa's Ecuadorian government had been conspiring with FARC to launch operations as yet undisclosed.
By Monday evening, TV networks were carrying a more disturbing story: Columbian's had captured documents revealing that Hugo Chavez had given FARC $300 million.
Question: Where would the dictator of a starving country get that kind of money?
Answer: Oil revenues.
At least some Republican leaders are disgusted by Pelosi and company's willingness to pass a law guaranteed to feed both inflation at the pump and Hugo Chavez's appetite for power.
House Minority Leader John Boehner said:
"Middle-class families and small businesses are feeling the squeeze from rising costs for gasoline, food, and other costs of living..."
"[H.R. 5351] actually carves out tax breaks for Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez -- courtesy of American taxpayers. This is unacceptable, and the Democratic leadership is irresponsible for bringing the bill to the House floor."
"I am disappointed that the Majority voted down a Republican proposal to eliminate the tax relief for Hugo Chavez and give it to those who need it most: middle-class American families."
This bill is a giant step in the wrong direction; and as an extra twist of the knife, Pelosi and Company are deliberately trying to give Chavez a big edge and are making hard-working U.S. taxpayers foot the bill."