March 8, 2009

A CHANGE WOULD DO THEM GOOD:

Purge aims to halt Cuba's economic free fall: Cuba's sweeping overhaul of its Cabinet affected mostly the economic team. (FRANCES ROBLES AND WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA, 3/08/09, MiamiHerald.com)

Cuba's new Cabinet members named in a surprise political shake-up last week are a cadre of unknowns who share a history of cracking down on waste and running a tight ship. [...]

Theories abound -- some contradictory -- about why most of the ministers dismissed were in the economic arena. Some experts say Castro sought to purge loyalists to former head of state Fidel Castro, getting rid of the people who may have stood in the way of reforms. Others suspect that Raúl Castro simply wanted to restructure his government, tackling economic problems by first tightening up the country's massive bureaucracy.

This much is clear: Cuba's economy is in a free fall. And as Raúl Castro finally steps out of his brother Fidel's shadow by putting his own team in place, he must soon take drastic measures to reverse the slide.


Cuba is one place where it would be helpful if the Unicorn Rider were serious about changing the status quo. Unilaterally lift all economic sanctions against them and watch a dollar storm decimate what remains of Castroism.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2009 7:40 AM
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