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Old 04-01-2008, 01:16 AM   #1
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With Fidel Castro off on the sidelines, the new government under his brother must have felt that they should lighten up a little.

So now Cuban citizens are allowed to stay at the same hotel where foreigners might be staying.

Cubans will also be allowed for the first time to rent a car and to own a cell phone.

However, this will have little effect because the monthly income for the average Cuban is only $20.
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:57 AM   #2
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Well. . .

With first rate national health care the envy of Hollywood elite, government housing, no real income tax, no fear of competition in business. . . why the hell should anyone but greedy, egotistical, selfish capitalist pigs want more than $20?
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:08 AM   #3
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Castro got some great press a few years ago when he announced that "he" was going to buy every family a rice cooker.

At first blush, one might think, "ok......that's nice, I guess..."

But the reason he made that move was because when women came in after working in the rice, tobacco, or sugar cane fields or from working in some factory, they had little time to cook before their husbands came home from their jobs and the kids came home from the communist indoctrination schools.

Because of that, a form of capitalism had developed with enterprising people cooking rice and having it ready for a small cost so families could pick it up and take it home for the evening meal.

To kill off that industry, Castro ordered thousands of electric rice cookers from China, but after a few shipments the Chinese government started asking question about when they were going to get paid. After that, Cuba looked to other nations, but without much luck.

But for the families who actually received a "free" cooker, they still have mixed feelings about being able to use them. For those who have electricity, it is only available during certain hours, and that can vary without notice.

Also, most households on the island cook with kerosene which is rationed by the government and there is always a concern that the supply may be cut off.

When that happens, wives head into the bush to collect firewood for cooking.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:36 PM   #4
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I hope Fidel gets to meet Karl Marx real soon.

The sooner the better.
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