Things we can learn from Cuba

Throughout the health care debate here in America there has been no shortage of idiots who point to Cuba’s so-called universal health care as a system for us to emulate. Their articles and editorials call on the US government to “learn” how Cuba’s dictatorship provides health care on a shoestring budget, oblivious to the fact that the only universal aspect of the Cuban system is universal misery.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of things to learn from Cuba’s monarchical dictatorship, as Venezuela’s simian prince Hugo Chavez–a quick learner–has clearly shown. You can learn how to oppress, how to quash dissent, how to kill or jail your political opponents, how to rig elections, how to marginalize opposition parties, and how to manipulate a sympathetic press, among other things.

Another couple of skills Chavez has learned from his Cuban mentors and is using quite often and effectively is how to steal and how not to pay bills.

Venezuela seizes oil rigs owned by US company

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela’s government has seized control of 11 oil rigs owned by U.S. driller Helmerich & Payne, which shut them down because the state oil company was behind on payments.

Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez announced that Venezuela would nationalize the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company’s rigs. He said in a statement Wednesday that Helmerich & Payne had rejected government demands to resume drilling operations for more than a year.

Helmerich & Payne announced in January 2009 that it was stopping operations on two of its drilling rigs, because Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA, owed the company close to $100 million. It said it would shut down the rest of its rigs by the end of July as contracts expired unless PDVSA began to make good on its debts.

There are many things the world can learn from Cuba’s murderous and tyrannical regime. The problem is that none of those things are good.