If you think capitalism and communism cannot exist together, think again. Much of what the Republican-controlled House wants is shockingly similar to what communist dictator Raul Castro is bringing to Cuba.
Alexander Fangmann reported Thursday, on wsws.org:
“Earlier this month, Marino Murillo, vice president of the Cuban Council of Ministers, announced… the state would enact… privatization and austerity measures, creating “the most profound transformations.”
Like austerity plans being carried out elsewhere in the world, the aim of these measures is to make the working class pay for the world capitalist crisis through mass layoffs, privatization, speed-ups, and the elimination of social welfare measures.”
The hope of the Cuban Communist Party, according to the report, is to “transform the island into a low-wage platform for the region’s capitalist powers as well as the largest banks,” who would then use their “monopoly on political power” to further cash-in for profits.
Both Republicans and the Cuban government aim to shrink government through worker layoffs and cuts to public services and safety net programs. They also share strategies to weaken regulations that protect consumers, the environment, worker’s rights and wages, paving the way for businesses to maximize profits at every turn.
Austerity supporters in the US are quick to blame government safety net programs for creating low-class freeloaders and long-term unemployment. Perhaps US lawmakers will follow another aspect of the Cuban economic model that specifically addresses high unemployment.
After being cut off from government assistance programs, the Castro regime suggests start their own businesses “selling candy, cutting hair, or raising rabbits.”
The Cuban career guide may not help people achieve the classic “American Dream,” but it does solve the problem of government funding for education and training to compete for jobs in a high-tech world.
Author’s note: This report includes opinions and commentary based on independent analysis of official documents and public information.
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