At least for a moment he sounded less collectivist that our president.
At least for a few moments last week, we had the strange spectacle of President Obama sounding more like a collectivist than Fidel Castro.
With the federal payroll in the United States up by 200,000 positions and the private sector down by 7.8 million jobs since the current recession began, Mr. Obama continues to aggressively push a statist agenda of higher taxes and more regulations on the nation’s key job creators in the private sector.
Meanwhile in Cuba, retired dictator Fidel Castro dropped an anti-statist, anti-communist bomb during an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for the Atlantic.
Asked by Mr. Goldberg if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting, Fidel replied, “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore.”
Mr. Castro also apologized during the interview for his regime’s treatment of gays, stated that Iran’s madcap president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should “stop slandering the Jews,” and expressed regret about trying to convince Khrushchev to nuke the United States.
A few days later, amid a worldwide flare-up about his about-face on communism, Castro said he was quoted correctly but misinterpreted.
“In reality, my answer meant exactly the opposite of what both American journalists interpreted regarding the Cuban model,” Castro claimed in a full switcheroo. “My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world. How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?”
In other words, “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore” really means “The capitalist system no longer works for the United States.” That’s nuts, but it’s the type of bold untruth that a dictator thinks he can get away with after spending a lifetime silencing dissent by way of bullets and dungeons.
Accustomed to a population of bobble heads that’s afraid to do anything but nod in submission, Fidel might well also claim that what he really said in the Goldberg interview was that Ahmadinejad loves Jews, Cuba was always nice to gays, and, in fact, that his best friends are fully uncloseted gays, and that he should’ve pushed Khrushchev harder to nuke the United States.
He might add that Cubans are doing better economically than ever. Why switch now when the average Cuban is making 67 cents a day?
In any case, events on the ground show that Fidel was telling the truth the first time around when he said that his island’s pinko economic model isn’t working.
Weighing in last month on the failure of Cuban socialism, Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother and Cuba’s current despot, said, “We have to erase forever the notion that Cuba is the only country in the world where one can live without working.”
For starters, more than half a million state workers will be cut from government payrolls over the next six months, Raul declared, and be sent off to find work as best they can in newly semi-legal and newly semi-encouraged private companies that are currently non-existent.
Over 85 percent of Cuba’s 5.5 million workers are on the state payroll. Raul Castro says that a million of those state employees, over 20 percent of the payroll, are in excess.
The country’s only authorized labor union obediently chimed in, saying, “Our state can’t keep maintaining bloated payrolls.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?