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One might also have taken those pictures in Canada, in the US, anywhere. Poverty exists all over the place, and I will not take the time to find similar pictures taken in the 'rich' countries. I'm sure you agree it wouldn't be tough.
I don't speak from the vantage of our life here. That's false. My point is that, as a struggling country, the average Cuban has it a lot better than his neighbours in the Caribbean...and elsewhere...in terms of life span, education, health, infant death mortality, etc. These are quantitative statistics...you can also do the research should you doubt me
Further, I'd say that most folks in the DR, Jamaica, Mexico...most of the tourist destinations down there, would trade off their liberties for what the Cubans have achieved.
Now...when you are in Cuba, looking at TV, seeing tourists and seeing what the 'outside world' looks like...sure, some will make a play for it. Also consider that many Cubans have family in the US and are also looking for reconciliation. So they want out. Fair enough.
But every Cuban I spoke to, their chests swelled with pride at being Cuban, even as they hoped that Obama would loosen up the embargo some. Look to that to see where most of Cuba's current ills lie.
And as far as humiliating me with pictures of poverty, I'll say this. When I go to Cuba for a vacation, my dollars go to the government and help to provide some of those services which we cannot even boast. When I go to the DR...where does it end up? Sure doesn't put any kids through school. I'd say it ends up helping some teacher's pension fund in Omaha achieve a 12% return.
It's all a matter of perspective, mi Amigo.
Originally posted by TasteTheMagick
Hey, they're just shirts. People should be able to wear what they want. You don't think it's acceptable, so don't wear one of the shirts. I mean, you might as well complain about rednecks parading the rebel flag around everywhere. On their trucks, on their shirts, hanging from their houses. I saw a whole garage door painted like that.
It's a freedom of choice. I don't agree with flying a rebel flag, I don't have too.