Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Metaphor of Toilet Paper in Socialist (Central Planners) Paradise - CUBA

Consider toilet paper a metaphor for Health Care. In Cuba, you know, that Paradise just a few miles off of Florida...the current shortage is toilet paper and that's with having a good buddy, Chavez a few miles away from you! But then Chavez is running Venezuela to the ground as well with his central planning. They now don't produce enough oil for their own use let alone export. Is this what Obama has in mind with centralized Health Care for us? You folks who are all for government controlling your Health needs- beware what you wish for you may just get it. Google Cuba and see what kind of care Cuban patients get - the ones who do not work for the government of course. Investment Business Daily has an article:

"How End-Users Suffer Under Socialism".
If you ever wonder why we so resist socialism, consider the latest news out of that collectivist island paradise known as Cuba.

Central planners announced this week that they were fresh out of money to buy toilet paper — yes, toilet paper — for the island's 9 million citizens. But not to worry. A nameless official for state-run monopoly Cimex and quoted by Reuters assured that "the corporation has taken all the steps so that at the end of the year there will be an important importation of toilet paper."

The predicament would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. But toilet tissue is hardly the only item Cuba is lacking. Food itself is in short supply, with red bean and chickpea rations cut by a third, according to the Miami Herald. Special hard-currency-only stores for the elites have mysteriously failed to open after last week's "inventory," with no explanation given.

There's no gas, either. The Associated Press this week reported that state planners have decreed that oxen — yes, oxen — would replace tractors in the fields, a bid to conserve fuel. This, despite the fact that Cuba gets 100,000 barrels of oil a day from Hugo Chavez's Venezuela — effectively free, because Cuba never pays its bills...(READ AT IBD).

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