A toilet paper shortage caused a run in Caracas last May. And the central planning committee can't quite get its arms around on the problem. See BusinessInsider.com and BBC.co.uk which contained this:
In a tweet on Thursday, Venezuela's Vice President, Jorge Arreaza, said authorities would "not permit hoarding of essential commodities, or any faults in the production and distribution process."
So citizens can't stockpile essentials. What a wonderful system socialism is. And then there's that prohibition of "faults in the production and distribution process." You know zee penalty for failure. The government solution was to take over the factory.
This may be a preview of what could happen with the U.S. health care industry when shortages develop after Obamacare is implemented.
Via Kids Prefer Cheese which provides this delightful observation: We think sometimes about the face of socialism, but it turns out the problem is cleaning the other end.