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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Cuba: celebrating 50 years of failure

from Investors Business Daily:
New Year's Day marks 50 years of communist rule in Cuba. The Castro oligarchy will trumpet its survival and celebrate. But the reality, up close, is that it's the longest-running failure in the New World.

Spare us the fireworks and media-parroted claims of Fidel Castro's dictatorship bringing universal health care and education to Cuba. The real story is that a prosperous Cuba was turned into ruins in just five decades.

Its inflation-adjusted gross domestic product is a mere 5% of what it was in 1958, the year before Castro took over, according to Jorge Salazar-Carillo of Florida International University.

"It's a major failure," Carmelo Mesa-Lago, a University of Pittsburgh economist, told IBD. "Cuba is unable to increase food production to meet its needs and now imports 84% of its food. Cuba produced 7 million tons of sugar in 1952. This year, it's 1.5 million tons. This is the result of economic policy of collectivization, killing of individual incentive, inefficiency, constant changes of policy."

see also this old post of mine: Canada's love affair with Cuba

1 comment:

Philanthropist said...

Fascist little Cuba has had a free pass from leftards for over fifty years simply by marketing the left's language.

The Cuban state can kill, torture or imprison its citizens with impunity just because they say they're leftists, sad but true.

'Progressive' left-leaning 'socially conscious' people are a nasty bunch indeed. They really have no compassion for people whatsoever, whenever someone is suffering they immediately identify 'systemic' causes, even using those causes for justification.