Yes, the other brown person we’re told to hate for no reason at all called on oil-rich nations to reduce what they charge poor countries, saying that the poorest nations should only pay about $20 per barrel compared with the current price of more than $90. He added that OPEC members should set aside $100 billion from oil revenues to improve education and healthcare in poor nations. Chavez asked, “How are you going to sell oil to Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, at $100, the same price that you sell it to the US? It is not right ethically.”
These are all policies which the Chavez government has enacted in Venezuela, using the country’s considerable oil wealth to not only fund social programs, but to offer cheap commodities to the poor in other nations. This even includes giving discounted or free oil to poor people in the richest nation on earth, the United States. Chavez said he will discuss the policy with OPEC leaders for what he believes to be a “marvelous mechanism of redistribution of the world’s wealth” at their upcoming meeting in Saudi Arabia, but is expecting to encounter some “hard positions” from other countries.