At least for a moment he sounded less collectivist that our president.
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In last Tuesday’s New York Times, John Kavulich, a senior advisor for the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, a private group that provides information to American businesses regarding Cuba’s commercial environment, asked a good question about Cuba’s shift from official anti-capitalism to a somewhat pro-entrepreneurship stance: “The Cuban government is going to allow and by definition encourage people to go into private sector opportunities. What happens when some people get rich?”
To make sure no one gets too rich except the Castro brothers (Forbes magazine in 2006 listed Fidel Castro among the world’s richest people, with an estimated net worth of $900 million, up from $550 million in 2005), the Cuban regime has put a very tight lid on the amount of economic freedom that will be permitted in Cuba’s private sector.
Along with the plan to fire 500,000 public employees, and another 500,000 at a later date, another measure will order “the denationalization of beauty parlors and barber shops, if they have no more than three chairs,” explains George Will. “With four or more, they remain government enterprises.”
There in its purest form is a clear demonstration of the irrationality of central planning. A million people will be fired from their government make-work jobs and told to find real work in a private sector where it’s illegal to have four chairs in a barber shop.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?