American Elephants

A Centrally-Planned Economy Is Hard On Its People. by The Elephant's Child
August 11, 2009, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Socialism, Statism | Tags: ,


Collectivism, we are told, is the way of the future. The glorious future when everyone is equal and there is no more misery in the world. Democrats plan to collectivize one sixth part of the American economy when we adopt ObamaCare.  It’s not socialism, it’s just hopenchange.

But Cuba, that socialist paradise island in the sun, is having some collectivist problems.  They have run out of collective toilet paper. They have run out of supplies for their 9 million people. Not to worry, they expect to get some more, maybe around the end of the year.

They’re a little short on food too, red bean and chick pea rations have been cut by a third.  Gas is in short supply, so state planners have decreed that oxen will replace tractors in the fields.  More environmentally friendly, you know.  They do get 100,000 barrels of oil a day from friend Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela — essentially free since Cuba doesn’t pay their bills.

But of course, Cuba’s health care system is hailed as a model, but a model of what?  Follow that one up here.  The shortages are a typical example of central planning, which has never worked anywhere.  Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, please note.

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