Cuba: Dictator buys Beemers while people tighten belts
Last year the dictator told the Cuba people they would have to tighten their belts. Since the ration card only lasts about two weeks out of the assigned month of days, and children over the age of seven are not allowed milk, I'm not sure just what they were supposed to give up.
Always, when the Castro's talk about austerity for "the people," it doesn't include them or the appointed elite. While the average Cuban family struggled with food shortages, Castro II was busy replacing big brothers' fleet of Mercedes with BMW's, the new preferred image of the dictatorship. According to the Cubanet article, between the years 2007 and 2008 the supposedly cash strapped dictatorship purchased 160 shiny new ones.
No word on whether or not he would have preferred Cadillacs were it not for "the embargo."
Read it in Spanish, here.