"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Capitalism comes to Communist Cuba

Free Enterprise comes to Cuba at last.
A private taxi is seen operating in Havana.  But just try slapping a "taxi" sign on your private car in an American city.  The American government simply will not allow it.  In America "freedom" is only allowed when you pay off the hacks, liars and thieves in government.

Communists in Cuba and China are rushing to capitalism and wealth . . . . while the Great Moron Comrade Obama is racing to Socialism and poverty

Things that were once unthinkable are suddenly possible. 
To reduce expenses, the Communist Cuban government recently laid off 500,000 employees. They are now permitted to open shops and handicraft businesses, sell real estate, cars and home-grown vegetables, or drive their own rickshaws. Within a year, the number of very small businesses has doubled to almost 350,000 reports Der Spiegel.

Nevertheless, these ventures are still a far cry from being genuine small businesses or even privately owned companies.

Communists drill for oil in Cuba and create JOBS . . . 
Meanwhile Comrade Obama opposes the creation of jobs and wealth

Church Support for Reform

When Pope Benedict XVI arrives on the island for a three-day visit, he will experience a "different Cuba," writes the Miami-based El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister newspaper of the Miami Herald and one that harbors no sympathy for the island nation. According to the paper, Raul Castro has "approved the biggest expansion of private economic activity that has ever taken place under the communist regime."

The clergy also supports Raul Castro's reforms. "The process is irreversible," said Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Havana, who has also called upon the government to speed up the liberalization process.
Cuba remains strongly affected by its own mismanagement and the economic embargo by the United States. Nevertheless, the country hasn't been dependent on its big neighbor to the north for a long time. It receives oil at discount prices from Venezuela, and Brazil is spending €480 million to expand the port of Mariel, just west of Havana, where Cuba is expected to develop a special economic zone based on a Chinese model.

Former government workers now sell mobile-phone chargers, bras and building materials at tiny kiosks. Private jewelers and watchmakers have set up shop in the Berens fashion center, where the upper class shopped for clothes before the revolution. 

Drilling for oil in Cuba, but not in the U.S.
Communists drill for oil in Cuba and in China creating jobs and wealth.  But Comrade Obama and his retard  Socialist Democrats oppose the creation of jobs and wealth in the U.S.

Cuban Real Estate Market Heats Up

A few hundred people, some holding up cardboard signs, have gathered under rubber trees on Prado Boulevard, where the Neptuno begins. They are advertising their houses or apartments, now that the sale of real estate has been allowed since November.
The private ownership of property was never forbidden in Cuba but, until now, owners were only permitted to exchange their properties rather than sell them. However, there are still many unresolved property disputes, especially concerning the properties of families that have left the country.
One of the brokers opens his laptop to show us photos of various houses, and flyers advertising available real estate are attached to the trees. A 414-square-meter (4,450-square-foot) house on the outskirts, complete with a hectare (2.5 acres) of land, is advertised for 65,000 CUC, or about €50,000.
Foreign potential buyers are especially sought-after. "I have a beach house with four rooms," a young man has written on a board. But foreigners without a permanent residence on the island are not permitted to buy real estate. Not a problem, says the broker: "There are methods and solutions. Snap it up. It's a real opportunity. You won't be able to pay for this house in a few years because the Americans will be buying it out from under you."       (Der Spiegel International)

Many of the new small businesses in Cuba accept only hard currency, which can be converted into CUCs, the island's convertible currency. Those who have CUC in their pockets can buy anything: shampoo from Brazil, steaks from Argentina or Coca-Cola from Mexico. 

"Welcome to Cuba" posters depicting Pope Benedict XVI can be seen in many parts of the country. 

1 comment:

hahaha said...

That Pope billboard looks more evil/satanistic to me than any popular music thing accused as being such. Creeps me out, and i am not easily ruffled be truly scary things!