Meanwhile, under the category of "I never thought I'd live long enough to see this," Cuba has announced it will lay off 500,000 government workers while simultaneously attempting to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the private sector. Cuba has a private sector? This follows an interview in The Atlantic Monthly in which Fidel Castro was quoted as saying, "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore." Castro subsequently claimed he was mistranslated, but his government's actions speak louder than his attempt to retract his reported comment.
Castro's apparent compromise with his ideologically pure communist ideology will surely disappoint the Hollywood elite and others who have visited Cuba and praised Castro, as well as Cuba's health care and schools (while ignoring those in prison, executions and other human rights violations). Imagine the rebuke to liberal ideology if the Cuban economy were to reverse itself and capitalism replaced socialism as the prevailing economic system.
Would such a challenge to the Obama administration's policy of "spreading the wealth around" force it to change course as well? Cuba, of course, has no wealth to spread around, but if it is serious and this is not a ploy for capital infusion to save its crumbling economy, things could quickly get interesting 90 miles off the Florida coast.
The coming election and the one in 2012 are about whether America should continue to move toward big government socialism, or back toward independence and self-reliance. Perhaps Fidel Castro has learned what we seem to have forgotten. Viva capitalist Cuba!