Julian658 wrote:Since I grew up in Puerto Rico going to Cuba would not be exotic. I would also be embarrassed to use an engineer as a taxi driver.
I agree with you regarding the calamities of people living in socialists nations. BTW, there are plenty of Cuban socialism lovers among the lefties in PR. They talk all day long about how oppressed they are by the Yankees while they manipulate the medical system to become incapacitated and milk the federal government for dollars, SNAP, and all kinds of benefits. Despite the so-called oppression Puerto Rico has the second best per capita income in Latin America. I suspect it could be higher, but 43% of the people are below the poverty line. Worse than Mississippi at 20%.
This is a problem, bucketing everything "progressive" into the "socialist" bucket. For one, I don't even consider Cuba a good example of a "socialist nation." The whole theory of socialism is that the means of production/trade/etc is regulated by the community. If you want to argue that because the goverment represents the community at large... then you must have a democratic system for this to be considered socialism. Cuba is not democratic, thus it does not fit inside the socialism, much less communism bucket. It might appear highly pendantic but this lends itself to equivocation fallacy, E.G. Cuba is socialism, cuba is bad, socialism therefore is bad, findland is going to be bad just as much as cuba because they have socialist ideas. Except no, you are calling two widely different systems by the same name.
I believe this is one of the main reasons why some highly uninformed people end up defending cuba... "I am a lefty, therefore, if cuba is a lefty country I must defend"... except this is comeplete garbage.
They talk all day long about how oppressed they are by the Yankees while they manipulate the medical system to become incapacitated and milk the federal government for dollars, SNAP, and all kinds of benefits.
Well, I'll argue that if your system is so fucked up that this is a REAL issue, then you got bigger problems. I am not saying that this does not happen, it does, but it is not as common as people make it believe. Furthermore, the alternative is even worse.
For instance, our medical insurance system is a fucking failure. Two months ago I admitted to my hospital a 20ish young guy. He had a chron's flare, basically his body's inmune system is attacking his intestings and his guts are rotting. I am choosing my words carefully so you guys can easily picture how fucking painful it is to live like this, and eventually die like this. Because it is what this guy has to look forward to in the next few years. So far, he has received a dozen surgeries to fix multiple abscesses and intra-abdominal infections that were caused by the creation of fistulous tracts (conections between the gut and other parts of the body, such as the bladder). He was at some point well controlled on Remicade (infliximab) which cost about 20k+ USD per year. His insurance didn't want to cover it, so he kept having flares, eventually he lost his job from not showing up and his insurance. Now he just comes in to the hospital, gets more surgeries (offcourse, hospital doesnt get paid, so this is eventually passed on into the cost of other patient's insurance and/or to the goverment-taxpayer) which is not a fix, is more expensive, and it is a crappier solution because you kind of need intestines, if we keep cutting pieces out of you, eventually there is nothing left and you die.
This happens very often.
There are things that companies should not be allowed to profit from. Healthcare, basic education, general warfare, war, utilities, firefighters/ambulances/etc. Anything else it is fair game, but these things are too important to allow economies dictate it.