Mexico should take a page from Cuba

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Mexico should take a page from Cuba

canadiana
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Apparently Cuba under direction of Castro is cracking down hard on corruption.Many high level officials along with foreign businessmen are being charged right left and centre since Cuba is starting to go Capitalist in the past year.For the 1st time Cubans can own property and start up business,s.Dont know if Americans can as they don't recognise American currency or American credit cards but other countries yes.A Canadian businessman with an East Indian name from Toronto with a transportation company got 15 yrs for trying to bribe someone and had seized $200,000 in assets.Maybe since Cuba,s going capitalist the Latin American corruption is setting in and Castro wants to nip it in the bud.Maybe Mexico should take a page from Cuba???
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Soliado
You are comparing two completely different forms of government and for you to suggest that Mexico "take a page from Cuba" is rather simplistic in addition to being totally unrealistic. Cuba is a Communist country that was led for decades by Fidel Castro, a tyrannical dictator that suppressed any and all forms of opposing opinions. Cuba's prisons are filled with its citizens that dared to oppose Castro and his regime of puppets. For you to suggest that Cuba is now moving towards a capitalistic economy is pure balderdash. Doing so admits to the Cuban people and the world that Fidel's revolution, everything that they fought for, had shoved down their throats by Fidel and who conveniently blamed all that was wrong with Cuba on Yankee Imperialism, was a lie. Not going to happen! Not as long as Fidel or his brother Raul remain in power.

When Fidel fell ill and could no longer perform the "duties" of president of Cuba, he turned over the reigns of power to his brother Raul. Since Raul took office, he has slowly begun to modify some of the longstanding restrictions in place. Cubans are now free to travel abroad with limited restrictions. Prior to this change in Cuban law, citizens were required to have an exit visa and a letter of invitation for travel to other countries. This modification in the travel visa policy removes these requirements except for Cubans that are highly educated. Cuba wants to minimize the possibility that it's most educated citizens will refuse to return to Infidel's Fantasy Island. (Sorry, my own non-objective viewpoint sometimes gets in the way)

As for owning property, you are correct. Effective November 10, 2011, Cuba allowed citizens to buy and sell property. There are several differing opinions as to the overall effect that such a change will have on Cuba. Some economists agreed with your view that this will lead to a capitalist society and economy when combined with Cubans now having the freedom to start a business or farm their own land. However, the Cuban government quickly extinguished those ideas The major stumbling block to Cubans buying a home, property, starting a business is their overall lack of funds. By and large, the overwhelming proportion of the Cuban populations subsists on what family members in America remit, their paltry salary working for the government or what they can earn on the black market.

Why has the Cuban government instituted these changes? First of all Russia stopped being Cuba's primary financial benefactor when it changed from a Communist country. Cuba then began to receive to millions in financial support from Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. However, once Hugo passed away from cancer and the bus driver, Nicolas Maduro became president, the false economy in Venezuela was exposed. Stores suffered from shortages of basic goods, including toilet paper of all things. Maduro was quick to lay the blame on profiteers, the stores themselves which he accused of secreting items in order to obtain higher prices. Sound familiar, don't blame it on me blame it on everyone else, including America.

Canadians, how in the world can you compare Mexico's economy to Cuba's? How can Mexico solve its' problems by cracking down hard on corruption when the government in Mexico is responsible for so much of the corruption? From the federal government, to the state government and finally the municipal traffic cop, they all have their hand out expecting "la mordida" or the "the bite." Now, even the cartels are getting involved demanding that a percentage of a town or state's construction or overall operating budget be specifically set aside for them! Woe to the mayor or project coordinator that fails to come through. In addition, Mexico does not have a dictator running the country. A person who issues edicts and demands that they be followed.

The last issue I have is that the majority of Mexicans do not have "Ganas," the desire, wherewithal or demand to change their government for the better. To stop the PRI and it's almost 100 years of thievery, lining of pockets so blatant that elected officials no longer bother trying to conceal what the federal treasury of Mexico got for them. The last politician who truly started to change the minds of most Mexicans and win their hearts was Luis Donaldo Colosio. He ran for president on the PRI ticket in 1994. However, he inspired Mexicans to want a better Mexico if not for themselves, for their children, for the future of Mexico, and to demand accountability of elected officials. Educated as an economist he could see through the B.S. However, during a campaign stop in Tijuana, he was assassinated. So many of my relatives living in Mexico threw their hands up and said "why should we care or even try" upon learning of his death. Men, macho Mexican men were seen crying in public because they had placed so many of their dreams for a better Mexico for their children in him.

Do not compare my country of Mexico with Cuba. We may speak a common language but we are not the same. This is why I thank God every night that Ii was born an American!

 
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Frontera
Very well presented Saliado!
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RGV AG
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Soliado:

Very well said for the most part and you are extremely accurate in your descriptions of both the comparisons of Mexico and Cuba as well as the correct descriptions of how dysfunctional Cuba really is.  

But I do not think the veneration of Colosio is really deserved.  He got to where he was by playing the same game all the Mexican politicians before and since have played.  He was crooked and corrupt just like all the others, maybe not as much and maybe in a more sublime and decent manner.  He was killed due to be questions of his alignment with the Salinas faction of the PRI and his demonstrated distancing of himself from the excesses of Raul Salinas and Ignacio Pichardo.  

The sad truth is that there is not one, not a single one, honest or non-comprimised politician in Mexico.  There can't be because the Mexican political parties are like the Mafia in the sense that one has to "make his bones" to rise and participate in the organizations.  PAN, PRI, PRD or whatever they are all extremely corrupt and the system of government is the platform that supports and encourages this situation.  
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canadiana
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Youre right and I agree with almost everything you said.As a matter of fact it was quite educational and I learned a few things.Thx for the extra info.I guess I was being very simplistic.Its truly too late for Mexico.This corruption bullshit has probably been going on for 200 plus years and is maybe peaking.Can it get any worse? Im surprised the country hasn't gone bankrupt, something must be keeping it afloat but for how long?I knew that Cuba hasn't been financed by Russia for some time,didnt know about Venezuela but maybe Cuba is looking for foreign investment like Mexico.Your explanation about a lot of Cuban things sounds so much like Mexico sorry to say;the dictatorship part,people being jailed if they try to oppose anything about their government only difference is Cubans [Communists] are looked after by their government although not to any high standard;free health care;free education and the bare, very bare necessities of life as opposed to Mexicos so called democracy.Canada as a country is somewhat between the 2. Some countries call us a socialist government.We do get free health care.I had breast cancer 7 yrs ago and had $100000 in treatments and it was truly free although 14% of our GDP goes to pay our free health care so our taxes are a little higher than the US but some of our wages are higher than US unless you are a doctor.The poor are somewhat taken care of here so social programs are way up there yet we are free to start businesss etc.There is some good things to be said about communism its a great equalizer.Its not all bad,yes the dictator part is bad[which is lack of freedom of choice]  but if your life circumstances are in a bad way you are taken care of and don't lose it all.Open your mind up.Im not advocating communism but Im all for socialism which in my opinion is the middleground between the 2.