What President Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro Have in Common
You may not have seen the article about Communist Cuba leader Raul Castro and the comment he made about entrepreneurship.
Cuba is so bad off economically that the pure Marxist ideological dystopia is a test case for why Communism is inherently self-destructive for those it claims to help but beneficial for its administrators.
But Raul, the free market can only be so free.
President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba’s economic reform, telling parliament on Saturday that “those pressuring us to move faster are moving us toward failure.”
Castro has legalized small-scale private business in nearly 200 fields since 2010 but has issued tighter regulations on businesses seen as going too far or competing excessively with state enterprises. In recent months the government has banned the resale of imported hardware and clothes and cracked down on unlicensed private videogame and movie salons.
Obama made these comments about the Netflix production House of Cards. “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” Obama said in remarks he made about the show to a meeting with tech industry CEOs on NSA surveillance. “It’s true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man this guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.”
I suspect Obama would have said something similar about Marlon Brando’s Don Corleone character from The Godfather. He certainly got a lot done in the name of better government.
In 2011, President Obama wished out loud that he if didn’t have the built-in restraints placed on him by the Constitution that he would do so.
In fact, like Raul Castro, President Obama has acted like a dictator. He did so on immigration, homosexual rights, pay raises, the environment, mortgages, and the latest retooling of ObamaCare.
Like Raul and the Don, Obama believes he is doing God’s work, therefore, all earthly obstacles need to be eliminated. There is a higher law for a higher purpose.
Entrepreneurship is also under attack in America by way of claims that the rich are the problem so businesses need to be taxed and regulated more.
Raul and Obama should take a lesson from the former Soviet satellite nation of Estonia that’s producing more entrepreneurs per capita than the United States.
It’s being described as “an unlikely land of cutting-edge technology,” that is until government officials start listening to Obama and all his talk about some people having enough money. Killing the goose that lays golden eggs is what envy-driven politicians do.
Don’t misunderstand me. People like the Castros and other leftist leaders make a ton of money. All men are equal; it’s just that some people — them — are more equal than others.