Cuba Disses Socialism

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“Our state cannot and should not continue maintaining companies productive entities, services and budgeted sectors with bloated payrolls (and) losses that hurt our economy.  Job options will be increased and broadened with new forms of non-state employment, among them leasing land, cooperatives and self-employment, absorbing hundreds of thousands of workers in the coming years.”

Did the Obama administration and our Democratically-controlled Congress suddenly come to their senses? Did Republicans finally come up with a concrete agenda for the upcoming November election? Did some Tea Party candidate burnish his conservative credentials?

No, no, and no.  Unbelievable as it may seem, the above statement was released by the official labor federation–of Cuba. The Communist regime has announced plans to “downsize” their public sector workforce by more than 500,000 employees, and then attempt to reemploy those workers into the private sector.  And that’s just the beginning. Cuba announced that more than one million government jobs would eventually be cut, and that there will be fewer state-sector openings in the future.

The reason cited for such massive cuts?  To “increase efficiency in the state sector.”  In other words, the most steadfast Communist nation in the western hemisphere has embraced one of the most decidedly un-Communist philosophies of all:  limited government.

Such a development in and of itself is stunning enough.  But in August, Cuban leader Raul Castro pushed the stake even deeper into the heart of progressive thinking. Speaking before the Cuban National Assembly, he  revealed an attitude remarkably similar to the one held by a substantial number of Americans regarding our own welfare state:

“We have to erase forever the notion that Cuba is the only country in the world in which people can live without working.”

Raul Castro has very little to worry about in that regard.  Ninety miles to his north, there is a country where millions of people can live without working.  It is a country where “efficiency in the public sector” is an oxymoron.  It is a country which, despite a nagging recession, has increased public sector payrolls at every level of government, even as its private sector has hemorrhaged millions of jobs.  It is a country being pushed to the brink of insolvency by the very same ideological bankruptcy that Cuba is now rejecting.

The latest announcement follows a curious remark made by the former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro.  At a recent lunch with Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent with Atlantic magazine, Goldberg asked the 84-year-old ex-president if he still thought Cuba’s economic system was worth exporting.  “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us any more,” said the former Maximum Leader.

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  • al Kidya

    Let's all move to Cuba!

    Viva Cuba!

  • Beverley

    al Kidya loved your comment. Looks like things are looking up there at last.

  • Alex Kovnat

    I have a feeling that Fidel Castro's willingness to admit Communism "…. doesn't even work for us anymore …. " may be because he's seeking absolution, seeking forgiveness, in the last few months, perhaps for all we know right now even weeks, of his life.

    Would that some devotees of another form of tyranny we are now facing, would similarly come to their senses.

    • riddler01

      He(Fidel)is NOT "Seeking Absolution":He's SEEKING MONEY!

  • Cuban Refugee

    I never thought I wouild live to see the glorious day that my homeland, from which I emigrated as a young child through Operation Pedro Pan, would become more favorable to a free-market system of government than my beloved adopted country — formerly the beacon of freedom for the world. My parents' ashes await dispersement in a free Cuba, and my hope is to fulfill their wish to someday return to their "patria" — the passionate, hot earth that drank the blood of innocents killed at the paredon by order of the murderer Che Guevara, the beautiful island paradise that since 1959 has seen misery and deprivation for the sake of redistribution. History has shown us that the Castro brothers cannot be trusted, and I wonder what tricks they hold up their olive green military fatigue sleeves. To date, their only contribution to benefit mankind is to demonstrate that Marxism is incompatible with humanity.

    • judith

      Bravo to you for reminding us of how Marxism works to the detrement of a country.
      I pray that our country (USA) wakes up in November and there is a turn around in our government before it is too late. It is a quiet creeping infection that people are just beginning to realize is taking grasp of our country little by little. The American people
      must remember what we have and continued to fight for!!!! In the meantime, Ipray for our country and for the Cuban people!

  • The_Inquisitor

    I am constrained from commenting by the site admin.

  • Curiouser49

    Cuban refugee – Isn't it sad that we have been saddled with socialists in power positions. It has always been me belief that Americans will take a lot from their "leaders" but when they get fed up – watch out. We are not used to living any other way and these people have already gotten under the skin of most Americans as we can see by question poles. This president wants to go down in history as being the "community organizer" of the country and his lapdogs are voting in their own interest not ours. Look at this medical "reform" a reform that does not affect them. Interesting!

    Term Limits! That is our only insurance against self serving, know nothings who have failed us. They are no longer useful to America. They should all go home – even my own blowheart, Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Chris Dodd should have stepped down long ago and Joe Leiberman has disappointed many lately.

    I can't believe the Castro brothers are still in power! Thank you for your great history lesson. You've done a remarkable job of summing up the stupidity of Marxism and have directed us to learn more about its affects on people, the country, and the world.

  • USMCSniper

    All socialists and their fellow travelers need to read "The Black Book of Communism" and learn that state run economic system all fail and leave in their wake great piles of human corpses.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    This is just the first move in Cuba's inexorable transition from socialism to capitalism. There will be many others to follow.

    The question is, will the transition occur along the Chinese model, where the country remains locked in a totalitarian political system, or will it go the way of Eastern Europe, where democracy triumphs? One hopes for the latter, of course.

    What can America do to prod Cuba into a democratic outcome? Two seemingly contradictory policies…

    1) Relax travel restrictions and increase contacts with the regime so that the atmospherics no longer justify Cuba's harsh political repression (which was always internally motivated, the threat from America being a convenient scapegoat)

    2) MAINTAIN THE EMBARGO! We've seen in China and Vietnam how foreign investment and economic freedom do NOT necessarily translate into political freedom. If we lift the embargo, US investment will lift Cuba out of its dire economic straits, Cuban State and Party cadres will enrich themselves on the proceeds, and the internal impetus will move AGAINST rather than TOWARDS political reform.

  • Jrad

    This is just great… In 2 years, the Obama economic model has taken us to the left of where Castro wants his economy to go! Where have we, the electorate, in the USA gone wrong?

    • Cuban Refugee

      Where did the electorate go wrong? They became susceptible to brainwashing by altering their brain chemicals with anti-depressants that doctors, the shills for Big Pharma, were too willing to dispense; they became zombies who watched inane television productions on hundreds of channels instead of studying history and current events; they allowed "progressives" to make this country's education system a facile form of indoctrination for the masses; they took a prosperous nation founded on God, and, through deviation from the Ten Commandments, opened its doors wide to the dark forces that threaten our society's destruction; they lapped up the advice of corrupt "journolists" instead of doing research on a presidential candidate with a murky past and shady associations — while chanting the insipid "Yes, we can" mantra, they threw away their precious freedom to blindly vote for a Marxist.

    • bubba4

      no it hasn't…you guys just call whatever you want communist…so it's hazzy and dusty in bizarro world…you can't quite make out the differences in things.

      • Cuban Refugee

        Bubba4, try living under communism, Marxism, Leninism, Maoism — whatever moniker you wish to impart on the loss of freedom, and forced redistribution of wealth by a repressive government which punishes a population with its onerous rules — and it will open your eyes "real wide." You may wish to move to Venezuela to experience hell on earth, or catch the tail end of it in Cuba. Oh, wait, you will not even need to leave the U.S. to taste the misery — just wait a while — I think I hear it knocking at our door now. Run, Bubba4, run …!!!

        • bubba4

          I don't want to live under Communism and when it is a threat I will stand up and say "hell no!"…but it's not a threat…

          You guys have just lost perspective…

  • crypticguise

    Does anyone know the total number of Government Employees in Cuba? We should CUT the same percentage of Public Employees in the United States as Castro is doing.