Reuters makes Camus proud with its absurdism
Reuters brings us an amazing piece decidedly unjournalistic spin from castro, inc. But what else can we expect from an international "news" organization with a bureau in Cuba that's accredited by the dictatorship and that has among its correspondents a "reporter" who has penned more than 1000 pieces for the official "news" organ of Communist Party USA?
In Communist Cuba, the Tax Man Cometh
Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under a new code starting January 1.
The landmark regulations will change the relations of Cubans with their government and are a signal that market-oriented reforms, launched since President Raul Castro succeeded his brother, Fidel Castro, in 2008, are here to stay.
The recently published code constitutes the first comprehensive taxation in Cuba since the 1959 revolution abolished just about all taxes.
What an amazing development! Cuba the land of no taxes is finally going after the millionaires and billionaires to get them to pay their fair share! Long live the 99%!
That this is what passes as journalism today is so sad as to make me literally cry. Cuba is a country in which 90% of the economy is controlled by the state and therefore the vast majority of the citizens work for the state and its enterprises and collect an average salary of $20 a month. Of course there have been no taxes in Cuba since the revolution, there WAS NOTHING TO TAX as the government simply took everything. Now, as it cedes tiny slivers of the economy to Cubans (with many roadblocks and restrictions and fees), it has to "wet its beak a little" as Don Fanucci might say.
This article, released by Reuters and published by many supposedly legitimate news organizations, is an example of how the compliant media distorts reality to create a false narrative about Cuba. They set up a premise that most people can relate to, taxes. Nobody likes to pay them. And here's Cuba creating all types of new taxes but it's ok because for more than half a century Cubans have been spared of this quite normal burden. Of course when you work for the state, and only get the crumbs the communist bureaucrats dole out to you, your entire existence is taxing. You are simply a cog in a state-owned machine.
So the false narrative here is that Cuba is quirky country that is now becoming a more "normal" one, complete with taxes. Cubans are becoming more like us and this is real "reform" that signals that Cuba has "changed".
It's a perversely absurd view of the issue. The truth is that the castro regime, like all other totalitarian ones, is concerned with complete control of the citizenry. Political control, economic control, it's all the same and necessary for the retention of power which is the sole aim of despots. castro, inc. is interested in generating revenue wherever it can while maintaining as much control as possible. I've stated many times that if raul castro truly wanted to implement the "Chinese Model" economy into Cuba he could have done so by now. He doesn't do it because he knows Cuba is not China and the Cuban people will not be so easy to control once they have more economic self-determination. The regime wouldn't last six months under a Chinese type of economic system.
As for Reuters, it's another sad footnote in the eulogy of real journalism.