The excuse the government offered is that there is a need to fight corruption and to face down a severe economic crisis. But the solution offered by this enabling law is to silence the opposition, find corruption there and among some token chavistas for good measure, more to make room for other corrupt chavista officials rather than any good intention. The economic measures are fake ones as a regime whose currency went from 500 to a dollar to 50,000 to a dollar in 14 years has no credibility anymore on this respect. Amen of an inflation currently at 50% annual. As long as the perpetrators of this economic disaster remain in office no enabling law of any type will solve the problems. This is not a matter of laws, it is a matter of personnel.
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Article 1, part 1, is supposedly to fight corruption.
Item 1-A states that the law wants to rebuild the morality of public administration and orient it to socialist values. We are not far from official segregation, Nuremberg style.
Items 1-B and 1-C give the executive power of the country right to create mew types of crimes and fix the sanctions. See above.
Item 1-D, just as Hitler's article 4 was, allows the regime to take the international measures it sees fit, which basically means expropriate whatever foreign companies own here.
1-E is to make sure opposition parties cannot find electoral financing.
Items 1-F through 1-H are to give the government sole control on any foreign currency in the country.
Part 2 leads to the economic items.
Item 2-A basically gives the regime leeway to get rid of trade unions and contracting. That is, the trade unions of state companies that protest because the regime does not fulfill its obligations will be shut down.
Items 1-B through 1-E give the regime the power to intervene at will any aspect of economic activity, deciding what is done and by whom. Item 1-F, the last one, is in fact a veiled disguise that expropriations will now proceed without compensations since it will be "to guarantee the right of the people to have goods and services, safe, of quality and just price". This is impossible to achieve unless you force producers to sell at a loss if necessary, or expropriate them without the burden of owing the value of the property.
Now, does anyone still think we are not in a dictatorship?
You are of course all welcome to find the adequate parallels to any enabling law or repressive totalitarian regime of your preference.