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Raul Castro: Cuba won't undo communist system
AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/09 | Will Weissert - ap

Posted on 08/01/2009 6:22:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

HAVANA – Raul Castro announced Saturday that Cuba will cut spending on education and health care, potentially weakening the building blocks of its communist system in a bid to revive a floundering economy.

The former defense minister who took over the presidency last year called state spending "simply unsustainable" and said the cash-strapped government would reorganize rural schools and scrutinize its free health care system in search of ways to save money.

But he vowed that the island will not see fundamental change even after he and his older brother and predecessor Fidel Castro are gone.

"I wasn't elected president to return capitalism to Cuba," Castro said, "or to surrender the revolution" — the armed uprising that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista a half-century ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Cuba; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: capitalism; communist; cuba; fidel; raulcastro; system
slight edit.. it fits too.

"I wasn't elected president to return capitalism to Cuba," Castro Obama said, "or to surrender the revolution"

1 posted on 08/01/2009 6:22:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Hey Wait! Schwarzenkennedy just did this too..

Californiauba will cut spending on education and health care, potentially weakening the building blocks of its communsocialist system in a bid to revive a floundering economy.

2 posted on 08/01/2009 6:24:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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Members of Cuba's National Assembly attend a meeting of the National Assembly in Havana August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA POLITICS)


3 posted on 08/01/2009 6:25:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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Cuba's Vice President and Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida (C) attends a meeting of the National Assembly next to Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) and Cuba's first Vice-President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura in Havana August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa (CUBA POLITICS)


4 posted on 08/01/2009 6:26:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge
I wasn't elected president? Was he elected or selected by his brother?
5 posted on 08/01/2009 6:27:12 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Warning: Some words may be misspelled/ You will get over it / Klingon is my 1st language)
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To: guitarplayer1953
More like by Default, I'd say, he was next in line after Fidel... who knows, Fidel's son may move in after Raul.

I see a few hefties in the front , lots of skinny ones and a few empty seats.. NKoreans take better group gubamint pics. jmo.

Members of Cuba's National Assembly attend a meeting in Havana August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA POLITICS)

6 posted on 08/01/2009 6:31:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Shows what psycho cases commies are

Raul has to know how much better the economy was under Batista and capitalism but still clings to communism

Pure insanity


7 posted on 08/01/2009 6:38:36 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: NormsRevenge
Cuba will cut spending on education and health care

I've seen pics of Cuba's hospitals on Freeper threads in the past... they don't look good. And now this...

8 posted on 08/01/2009 6:40:55 PM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: NormsRevenge

9 posted on 08/01/2009 6:41:10 PM PDT by Bean Counter ( Shovel ready...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Castro moves to the right of Hussein...

And he does it without lying about it. how about that?


10 posted on 08/01/2009 6:42:24 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: NormsRevenge
I see a few hefties in the front , lots of skinny ones and a few empty seats..

Che shot 'em...

11 posted on 08/01/2009 6:42:32 PM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: uncbob

pretty much anything that ends in -ist , communist, socialist leninist, marxist is to be avoided.. yet here we find our country infiltrated thoroughly by the -ists? what’s up with that?


12 posted on 08/01/2009 6:43:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Libs have been telling us for decades that it’s spending on health and education that grows economies. And the Libs are never wrong.


13 posted on 08/01/2009 6:44:19 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I wasn't elected president to return capitalism to Cuba," Castro said,

Is Castro plagiarizing Ubama or vice-versa?

14 posted on 08/01/2009 6:44:20 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle
I'm not sure, it's the chicken and the egg thing, I botched the above line. Redo follows

"I wasn't elected president to return capitalism to Cuba the US," CastroObama said,

and he did stand for election not so long ago, if that is what you would call it..

15 posted on 08/01/2009 6:46:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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This title or one close to it is floating around on a couple news sites.

Raul Castro announces spending cuts, but vows Cuba to be communist after he and Fidel are gone
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090801/world/cb_cuba_economy_1

Is he somehow implying Fidel is actually kaputt?

Glory Alleluia!


16 posted on 08/01/2009 6:51:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yes, but communism has undone Cuba. Miami now has a larger GDP.


17 posted on 08/01/2009 6:52:17 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: NormsRevenge
But he said I was not elected to do this or that if he was selected by default then he was not elected.
18 posted on 08/01/2009 6:53:56 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Warning: Some words may be misspelled/ You will get over it / Klingon is my 1st language)
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To: guitarplayer1953

I hear ya, but he did actually stand for election, Saddam/Hitler style-like albeit, the fact no one else was able to run,, minor detail, at least to the old media and Jimmy Carter.. :-)


19 posted on 08/01/2009 6:57:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge
Raul Castro announced Saturday that Cuba will cut spending on education and health care, potentially weakening the building blocks of its communist system in a bid to revive a floundering economy.

If by health care and education, they mean indoctrination. And I bet the political leaders get much better health care than the commoners, just as they will here.

20 posted on 08/01/2009 6:58:22 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Kind of the one man election he was the only one on the ballot.
21 posted on 08/01/2009 7:00:15 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Warning: Some words may be misspelled/ You will get over it / Klingon is my 1st language)
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To: NormsRevenge
Raul Castro: Cuba won't undo communist system

..of course not.
Hey...Raul / Fidel, How many Billions have you and your bro,
stolen from the Cuban People / paid-off by your Russian Masters.


22 posted on 08/01/2009 7:04:24 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the poor (foolish) voter: Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® You Sucker... Now Die! :^)
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To: guitarplayer1953

Yup.

Ask all those in their graves at the hands of the dictatorship that still grips Cuba to this day... or the ones lost at sea seeking freedom from their tyranny and the ones dead in the prisons.


23 posted on 08/01/2009 7:04:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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Ask them.. Why?


24 posted on 08/01/2009 7:05:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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Why did they seek to overthrow or flee the system that we now aspire to, the one O and dems do?

Cuba is hardly Communism’s poster boy? China , may pretend to be, but even they fall far short. There is no joy in Communism. The despots and their henchmen make sure of that.


25 posted on 08/01/2009 7:09:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge
One thing is for sure 20 years from now it will not make any difference to those two Castro POS.
26 posted on 08/01/2009 7:11:09 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: org.whodat

I’d be willing to entertain a national holiday when they both are gone... have it on Marx’s birthday.


27 posted on 08/01/2009 7:12:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

HAHAHAHAHA! Raul seems to have a better grasp of economics than Obama. Commie or not, he at least seems to understand that you can’t go on spending money you don’t have.


28 posted on 08/01/2009 7:21:35 PM PDT by ottbmare (Ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Obama!)
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL


29 posted on 08/01/2009 7:51:27 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Neither will ZeroBama.


30 posted on 08/01/2009 8:16:25 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme looks remarkably similar to the way Social Security works)
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To: NormsRevenge
Even before the triumph of the Revolution, Castro and his gang were prone to
murder those who disagreed with them. In the photo below, taken while
still in the Sierra Maestra mountains, Fidel Castro's brother, Raul, is
seen getting ready to shoot a young rebel soldier who disobeyed orders.

Courtesy of TheRealCuba.com

31 posted on 08/01/2009 8:40:31 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: NormsRevenge

Future Headline - President Michelle Obama: America won’t undo Communist System


32 posted on 08/01/2009 10:01:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (If we're an Empire, why are Cuba, Iraq, Philippines, Japan & Germany independent?)
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