The Joys of Socialism=> Venezuela Currency Now Worth Less Than a Table Napkin

The joys of Socialism – Venezuelan money not worth the paper its printed on.
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The economy in Venezuela is so messed up, it’s cheaper to use actual cash than to buy napkins. (Reddit)

Food lines wind around a block in Punto Fijo, Venezuela.
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Venezuela is in crisis.
Inflation in the Socialist regime today is estimated to be from 68% to 808% .
Business Insider reported:

An image is going round that sums up just how ridiculous Venezuela’s economy has become.

A Reddit user uploaded a picture on Monday of a man using a 2 bolivar note to hold an empanada.

According to Venezuela’s official bolivar-dollar exchange rate, the man using his money as a napkin is wasting about $0.31 (£0.20).

But on the black market, the reality is completely different. You can get 676.88 bolivars to the dollar, according to dolartoday.com. That means holding food with a 2 bolivar note costs the holder less than a third of one US cent.

This time last year, the bolivar was far more valuable, and even as recently as May this year, you could still get hold of a dollar for less than 300 bolivars. Today, you need more than twice that.

The country has a spiralling inflation rate. Official inflation is high enough, at 68.5% , but like the official exchange rate, that paints a much rosier picture than reality. Professor Steve Hanke, who runs the “Troubled Currencies Project,” a joint program between the Cato Institute and Johns Hopkins University, says in reality inflation is more like 808% .

The country is a major oil exporter, and the plunge in prices is a huge part of what’s causing the crisis — as a result, the country is pegged as having the riskiest debt in the world, with the highest likelihood of a future default. Food is increasingly hard to get hold of, shop shelves are often empty, and the country’s social order is deteriorating.

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