Castro as a model for California

by CalWatchdog Staff | September 13, 2010 6:53 pm

[1]John Seiler:

Fidel Castro, the communist dictator of Cuba for more than 50 years, long has had his admirers in California. I remember when Rep. John Garamendi, when he was Insurance Commissioner, met with our editorial board at The Orange County Register. He told us that Castro’s socialized medicine system should be a model for America.

But now, while Garamendi has gone to Washington and is imposing socialism, Fidel is going capitalist. The BBC[2]:

Cuba has announced radical plans to lay off huge numbers of state employees, to help revive the communist country’s struggling economy.

The Cuban labour federation said more than a million workers would lose their jobs – half of them by March next year.

Those laid off will be encouraged to become self-employed or join new private enterprises, on which some of the current restrictions will be eased.

Now, Cuba’s population is about 11 million[3], compared to 38 million for California. So if we follow Castro’s lead, the state government would fire more than 3 million workers — at the state and local levels.

Now that Fidel has seen the light, California needs to do the same to get rid of our $19 billion socialist deficit. And also follow Fidel by getting rid of the tens of thousands of ridiculous regulations that tie down our entrepreneurs.

That’s worth lighting up a good rum-dipped Cohiba today.

¡Viva Cuba Libre!

¡Viva California Libre!

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