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03-05-2013, 07:55 PM
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Tim Calhoun
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Originally Posted by Ilkka Sinisalo View Post
Yeah, he behaved as somewhat of a dictator, but he just had a different political philosophy and didn't starve or brutalize his people.

GDP increased by about a factor of 4 during Chavez' tenure. It would be hard to argue that his policies didn't have some positive impacts on the nations.
Real GDP from 1998 to 2011 increased about 38%, which is pretty crappy given the big increase in oil prices and even compared relative to Colombia or Brazil.

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