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Sunday December 17th 2017

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500014741 Greg Gross

    On point, Jay. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

    To those who say Cuba’s is a failed economy, I submit that the US trade embargo against Havana makes that impossible to judge. Would its Marxist planned economy have failed on its own, without having been boycotted by the largest economy on planet Earth? Perhaps so — but we’ll never know now, will we?

    Human rights violations? The list of countries with whom we do business despite their having a sketchy record on human rights could just about fill a blog.

    One of my biggest disappointments to date with the Obama administration is that he has yet to retire this political dinosaur.

  • Jay


    Thank you for your response. Unless I’m misunderstanding your statements, it seems the point your are trying to make is it is difficult to live in Cuba. Of course I am not suggesting it is fun; what the facts show is depending on your economic situation – you may be better off in Cuba.

    If you are homeless in the US – you get NO food, NO healthcare beyond what’s absolutely necessary to save your life, NO Job and obviously NO shelter. Clearly, this person would be better off in Cuba – even with the sub-standard hospitals, half-months food and low paying job you reference. Something is better than nothing.

    The point is – we as Americans cannot look down on a country without looking at ourselves first.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S37SY5W4ZCGR5TH6QGFQUHSPSI Me

    And let’s not forget healthcare is free and guaranteed for every citizen in the country.
    (Yes it’s free – but there’s nothing to be had. The most basic medication is just not to be had. The #1 thing requested from my Cuban friends is medicines. And have you been in a Cuban hospital? My dog’s vet is more sanitary.)

    Cuba has the largest economy, GDP and population in all of the Caribbean and Latin America dwarfing Jamaica, Costa Rica and the Bahamas combined. To sum it up, in Cuba you are very likely to be well educated, have a job,
    (If you’re lucky, paying $23.00 per month. And things worth buying, or are accessible, are priced in dollars; comparable to US prices.)

    access to free healthcare, food to eat, state rationed
    (What is rationed usually lasts about 15-17 days, the rest of the month is an enormous struggle for my friends.) and a place to sleep – something an alarming number of Americans cannot claim.
    (90% of the people I visit would give anything to be in the US. And yes, I go back, why, because they are some of the most warm and hospitable people I have ever met. And no, it’s not for my money. I have actually offered money to friends for things they have done for me and they have refused it; saying please don’t insult me that way.

    God bless them and hopefully soon their lives will be a little easier.)