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Another Shortage in Venezuela

Via the BBC:  Venezuela Catholic Church ‘running out of wine’

The Catholic Church in Venezuela has said it is running out of wine to celebrate Mass because of nationwide shortages of basic supplies.

It said the scarcity of some products had forced the country’s "only wine maker" to stop selling to the Church.

Critics blame the shortages on tight state control of the economy and inadequate domestic production.

The government’s response is almost comical in its clichéd nature and predictability:

But the government insists that an opposition-led conspiracy and price speculations are the problem.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. MstrB says:

    Oh yeah… price speculation on Church wine….

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  2. Gromitt Gunn says:

    Clearly these crises will only end once there’s a run on the supply of garishly colored track suits.

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