Let’s see how poverty pimps Ocasio-Cortez and Socialism Bernie spin this story. Since both undoubtedly appreciate communism.
Nevertheless, those two rich socialists have certainly been quiet on this story.
As MSN reported,
The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis.
Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency that various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with shortages of staple foods. She blamed the hardening of the U.S. trade embargo by the Trump administration. Economists give equal or greater blame to a plunge in aid from Venezuela, where the collapse of the state-run oil company has led to a nearly two-thirds cut in shipments of subsidized fuel that Cuba used for power and to earn hard currency on the open market.
Cuba imports roughly two thirds of its food at an annual cost of more than $2 billion and brief shortages of individual products have been common for years. In recent months, a growing number of products have started to go missing for days or weeks at a time, and long lines have sprung up within minutes of the appearance of scarce products like chicken or flour. Many shoppers find themselves still standing in line when the products run out, a problem the government has been blaming on “hoarders.”
“The country’s going through a tough moment. This is the right response. Without this, there’ll be hoarders. I just got out of work and I was able to buy hot dogs,” said Lazara Garcia, a 56-year-old tobacco-factory worker.
Staples. Forget steak and lobster, amigos. Cuba can’t even feed people HOT DOGS! And who do they blame? Hoarders!
I don’t know anywhere in the world where hot dogs are hoarded…except CUBA! Apparently, somebody received more than his or her ‘fair share’ of hot dogs. And now people must wait in line.
The article continues,
At the Havana shopping center where Garcia bought her hot dogs, cashiers received orders Friday morning to limit powdered milk to four packets per person, sausages to four packs per person and peas to five packets per person.
Oh, so it’s not just hotdogs, but powdered milk too! Mon Dio!
Apparently everybody is not buying the hype of hoarding.
Manuel Ordoñez, 43, who identified himself as a small business owner, said the new measures would do nothing to resolve Cuban’s fundamental problems.
“What the country needs to do is produce. Sufficient merchandise is what will lead to shorter lines,” he said.
Limited rationing of certain products has already begun in many parts of the country, with stores limiting the number of items like bottles of cooking oil that a single shopper can purchase. The policy announced by Díaz appears to go further and apply the same standards across the country of 11 million people.
But it’s not all bad. Apparently the government of Cuba provides for everybody. As long as some people DON’T HOARD.
The article explains,
Food stores in Cuba are government-run and sell products ranging from highly subsidized to wildly overpriced by global standards. Every Cuban receives a ration book that allows them to buy small quantities of basic goods like rice, beans, eggs and sugar each month for payment equivalent to a few U.S. cents.
But you can get more. If you are willing to not be an “ordinary Cuban”.
Admittedly, the next part of the article confuses me, because aren’t all citizens in Communist countries supposed to be equal.
Cubans with enough money can buy more of those basic goods at “liberated” prices that are still generally below the world average. At the highest of Cuba’s three tiers, brand-name goods from high-quality rice to fancy jams can be purchased for often two to three times the price in their country of origin.
Who knew there are Cubans with enough money? Funny how socialism works. It seems those who are part of the “system” can still get the good stuff. They just must have enough money to pay for it.
From my vantage point, you can have communism, where a few who get the “good stuff,” and government dictates who they are. Or you can have capitalism, where anybody willing to work hard and smart can get the good stuff.
Cuba’s future? I’d say to Cubans, “Watch Venezuela closely!”.