a reply to: marg6043
Actually that's a misrepresentation. Cuba wasn't "full of casinos and mafia". Not to mention that the majority of Cubans, even among the middle
class, could not use these casinos. This is a perception that is wrong, and only people in the left will try to tell you that Cuba before the
castros was full of corruption. Yes, there was corruption, but corruption didn't make Cuba. it's like claiming that in Nevada only corruption rules
and everyone else is poor...
Cuba was back then, even during Fulgencio Batista, known as the "jewel of the Caribbean". The streets were in really good condition back then. The
streets were illuminated, there was no "electricity rationing or food rationing" like it started happening after the castros took control.
In Cuba every house had a tv when in the U.S. still there were millions of people without tvs.
This wasn't because "of the casinos"... The casinos were for tourists who had the money to gamble large amounts of money.
Cuba was great because people had good jobs, and could get good jobs. There was a lot of food, including for "farmers" and Cuba had all the
technological innovations at the time before the castros took control.
Yes, there were people who were poor, but nothing like what happened after the communists took over. It was communism and the castros which made most
Cubans poor and starved us. i had friends in Cuba, many now live in the U.S., who had a small family in Cuba and could not afford to buy enough food
when the food arrived and at times all they had was some bread for two days or so to eat, if they had bread.
I remember that when items, like "pollo" (chicken) or flour, or things like that would arrive in the bodega, whomever was the first neighbor to
realize that the items arrived he/she would tell(yell) to everyone in the neighborhood block because things would run out. People would leave
whatever they were doing and run to the "bodega". I would go sometimes with my mother to get the stuff and remember her urgency before too many
If you had money, which most people didn't, you could buy one pair of shoes a year, and you could choose for a nuclear family a t-shirt and
"calzoncillos"(boxers) for the males in the house OR one pair of underwear (a bra and a panty) for the women/children. Just one of the two, and only
if you had the money to pay for them, and it didn't matter how many people were in the house.
Cubans have had to learn to get whatever supplies they can get from "the black market" to be able to survive". A lot of those items, including
clothes, were discarded clothes other people/children have/had outgrown. Clothes had to be passed down from children to children and even then there
wasn't enough clothes more so for Cubans living in "pueblos" (small towns). If you go to a Cuban small town with an old t-shirt for every person,
people will thank you for the rest of their lives.
This is what the castros and communism did to Cuba. To all those people who keep claiming that Cuba is poor because of the embargo?... They are lying
to you. Cuba is poor and a dictatorship because that's what socialism/communism does to a country.
Cuba has had relations until a few years ago with European nations, and with Canada, yet that NEVER helped Cubans. It only helps the communists in
Look at Venezuela. They have the same rationing system of Cuba, and the same rationing system of other communist regimes.
edit on 28-11-2016 by ElectricUniverse because: add and correct comment.