Venezuela Running Low on Toilet Paper

    A customer leaves a private super market with her purchases, including toilet paper, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities _ toilet paper. Blaming political opponents for the shortfall, as it does for other shortages, the embattled socialist government says it will import 50 million rolls to boost supplies. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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    It's a good thing Venezuela started running out of milk, butter, coffee, and cornmeal—nature's laxatives, if you will—before the toilet paper shortage. An attempt to provide basic needs to the poor through price controls has completely backfired, resulting in nationwide shortages of the bare necessities. Though the socialist government insists the private sector and antigovernment forces are behind the shortages, they are planning to import 50 million rolls of toilet paper and 760,000 tons of food—so hopefully the people of Venezuela won't be hungry—or worse, have to hold it—for long. 

    Read it at The Associated Press