Letter: The Cuba model

May 27, 2014 

Stellar goals of the Obama administration have been to fight income disparity in this country and lately, a drive to raise the minimum wage.

Michael J. Totten in a City Journal article entitled The Last Communist City describes how well those principles have worked out in Cuba.

That nation has a maximum wage -- $20 a month for almost every job in the country. Professionals such as doctors and lawyers are allowed to make $10 extra each month. Comes rather close to income equality. Cubans, however, do get free health care (Medicaid?) and education.

Totten points out that the government contracts with Spanish companies such as Melia International to manage Havana's hotels. The Melia company policy is to pay their employees a decent wage and the Cuban government agreed to allow $8-$10 per hour. Here is the catch. Melia pays the higher wages directly to the government and the workers receive 67 cents per day because the country does have a $20 per month wage ceiling you remember. Big Brother keeps the balance.

The closer we come to the realization of the dreams of Barack Obama the more we will resemble Castro's Cuba. Kinda frightening, isn't it?

TOM BAKER, Waitsburg

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