Chavez has helped the poor and ruined the economy. Chavez had created housing for the poor and made inflation go through the roof. When I was a little kid I remember 100 bolivares being around $1 and now it’s around 2000 bolivares for a dollar. Chavez is helping the little man stand up for itself, but doesn't anybody remember the march in downtown Caracas when Chavez had is own men shoot and kill several people then he released the gunmen? Chavez just wants to go down in history for standing up to the United States. He is splitting the country in half. Half love him and the other half wants him out. How come my uncle cannot speak out against Chavez, which is freedom of speech, without fear of losing his job? Chavez is throwing money and oil away like candy. Instead, how about Chavez stops wasting money on Russian military equipment, because we do not need it. Why does he help u like Iran, who do not need help and just focus on Venezuela and countries who really need money and oil like Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Rep. and so on. Chavez can do a much better job at improving the social and economic standards of living in Latin America.