Venezuela’s Chávez creates mess. Sooner or later, a clash between Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and the country’s business establishment was bound to occur. Since taking office in early 1999, Chávez has systematically dismantled virtually every major economic policy promulgated by the previous administration. He fondly portrays his scrapping of policies as equalizing a battle between the haves and have-nots. To a degree, this is true, and he has succeeded in brainwashing the impoverished majority into believing that he will transform their lives by sprinkling them with magic oil-revenue dust. However, his bullheadedness and irrationality lead one to question his motives.
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