Richard Rider via LP Nevada facebook:
Actor Antonio Banderas, worth (reportedly) $45 million, wants the U.S. to adopt socialism A LA Venezuela. Right on, Antonio!!!
And the FIRST industry to be nationalized should be Hollywood. With 90% actor unemployment, it’s the perfect starting point for Hugo Chavez-style socialism.
The movie character roles should be rotated among the actors, regardless of skills, looks, name recognition, effort, or “fitting the role.” Pay should be the same for all, regardless of box office draw or results. “Equal pay for equal work.” Movies that make a profit (if any) should have such greedy earnings confiscated to support the loser films.
Of course, we’re also going to need a new national draft system — a nationwide level of mandatory movie attendance (to movies picked by our central planners) by the public. Each citizen would be issued a draft card — dutifully attending movies at government-set prices — all as dictated from on high.
Everybody wins! The circle of (socialist) life is complete.
Rider further comments:
I post such gems on over a dozen Facebook group sites. This item generated a fair amount of interest — with several folks suggesting Antonio move to his beloved Venezuela. Good thought!
I suspect the Venezuela Film Propaganda Bureau will pay for his ticket. One way. He’d be a welcome “useful idiot” in the communist takeover of that country.
BTW, a word of advice for dear Antonio. Take a lifetime supply of toilet paper with you when you go. Venezuela has a government-caused SEVERE toilet paper shortage — has for months.
MANY years ago as a junior Navy Supply Officer aboard a ship deployed in the Pacific, I dealt with “the great toilet paper shortage.” The deck officer (an old salt with not the slightest grasp of economics or human nature) unilaterally decided that the ship was using too much toilet paper. Utilizing the wisdom of central planning, he established a toilet paper QUOTA system — toilet paper rolls would be distributed to each ship’s department on a per-person basis in the amount HE deemed to be sufficient.
The inevitable result? Sailors — officers and enlisted — immediately began hoarding toilet paper. No longer was there toilet paper in the stalls. People kept extra rolls locked up with their other valuables.
People were MAD, but not sure who to be mad at. Punishment was discussed at the command level for the hoarders.
I TRIED to explain how quotas lead to hoarding to the pugnacious old salt, but he was too bull-headed to relent from his edict. Finally (as Supply Officer) I put CASES of toilet paper rolls out on the deck, and made a public announcement that, henceforth anyone could get ANY amount from our storekeepers — I broke the monopoly and the blockade.
There was an initial scramble, but then people quickly realized that there was no longer any reason to hoard toilet paper. The problem essentially disappeared that afternoon, and toilet paper was again available where needed (in the stalls!). I daresay the rolls of toilet paper used didn’t change appreciably.
Yes, the Venezuela toilet paper shortage is a bit more complicated, but it’s based on the same flawed central planning hubris that is rapidly destroying this very wealthy but rigidly socialist country.
Reuters – Fri, 20 Sep, 2013
Supermarket staff work next to partially empty shelves of toilet paper in Caracas …
CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan state agency on Friday ordered the temporary takeover of a factory that produces toilet paper in what it called an effort to ensure consistent supplies after embarrassing shortages earlier this year.
Critics of President Nicolas Maduro say the nagging shortages of products ranging from bathroom tissue to milk are a sign his socialist government’s rigid price and currency controls are failing. They have also used the situation to poke fun at his administration on social media networks.
A national agency called Sundecop, which enforces price controls, said in a statement it would occupy one of the factories belonging to paper producer Manpa for 15 days, adding that National Guard troops would “safeguard” the facility.
“The action in the producer of toilet paper, sanitary napkins and disposable diapers responds to the state’s obligation to ensure a steady supply of basic goods for the people,” Sundecop said, adding it had observed “the violation of the right” to access such products.
Calls to the Manpa factory went unanswered.