"The food sellers are the problem," Maria Rondon says as she laments she can't buy white rice, Tuesday, February 3, 2009. "They are multi-millionaires. Chavez is the only one who cares about the poor." Food prices rose by nearly 50 percent in Venezuela last year, easily the highest rate in Latin America. High inflation and food shortages pose a major problem for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as he asks Venezuelans on Feb. 15 to lift term limits so he can seek re-election. (Ivan Gonzalez/MCT)
"The food sellers are the problem," Maria Rondon says as she laments she can't buy white rice, Tuesday, February 3, 2009. "They are multi-millionaires. Chavez is the only one who cares about the poor." Food prices rose by nearly 50 percent in Venezuela last year, easily the highest rate in Latin America. High inflation and food shortages pose a major problem for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as he asks Venezuelans on Feb. 15 to lift term limits so he can seek re-election. (Ivan Gonzalez/MCT) MCT
"The food sellers are the problem," Maria Rondon says as she laments she can't buy white rice, Tuesday, February 3, 2009. "They are multi-millionaires. Chavez is the only one who cares about the poor." Food prices rose by nearly 50 percent in Venezuela last year, easily the highest rate in Latin America. High inflation and food shortages pose a major problem for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as he asks Venezuelans on Feb. 15 to lift term limits so he can seek re-election. (Ivan Gonzalez/MCT) MCT

Shortages, soaring prices: What's not to love about Chavez?

February 03, 2009 06:21 PM

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