It has been half a century since Cuba decided to begin a long term relationship with communism and socialism. For anyone to claim that is has been anything but a failure is to ignore everything which is available to the five senses:
Spare us the fireworks and media-parroted claims of Fidel Castro’s dictatorship bringing universal health care and education to Cuba. The real story is that a prosperous Cuba was turned into ruins in just five decades.
Its inflation-adjusted gross domestic product is a mere 5% of what it was in 1958, the year before Castro took over, according to Jorge Salazar-Carillo of Florida International University.
“It’s a major failure,” Carmelo Mesa-Lago, a University of Pittsburgh economist, told IBD. “Cuba is unable to increase food production to meet its needs and now imports 84% of its food. Cuba produced 7 million tons of sugar in 1952. This year, it’s 1.5 million tons. This is the result of economic policy of collectivization, killing of individual incentive, inefficiency, constant changes of policy.”
Granted, we are a different country than Cuba, but as Obama and friends strive to take our country in a new direction are they truly so blind as to assume that implementing similar policies (not the extreme ones, just the “soft socialist” ones) will end up with remarkably different results?
For a country’s GDP to have fallen 95% in 50 years (without the black death or something comparable) is nothing short of amazing. For the oldest of Cuba’s residents, they can indeed look back to the “good old days.” I pray that we will never be able to do so here.