Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cuba: Another stinking problem in the works

Via Dr. Sanity, comes this steaming pile of news:
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba, in the grip of a serious economic crisis, is running short of toilet paper and may not get sufficient supplies until the end of the year, officials with state-run companies said on Friday.

Officials said they were lowering the prices of 24 basic goods to help Cubans get through the difficulties provoked in part by the global financial crisis and three destructive hurricanes that struck the island last year.

Cuba's financial reserves have been depleted by increased spending for imports and reduced export income, which has forced the communist-led government to take extraordinary measures to keep the economy afloat.

"The corporation has taken all the steps so that at the end of the year there will be an important importation of toilet paper," an official with state conglomerate Cimex said on state-run Radio Rebelde.

The shipment will enable the state-run company "to supply this demand that today is presenting problems," he said. ...

Article here. Communist economics strikes again! You know you're in trouble when your glorious Marxist island paradise runs out of toilet paper.

Unfortunately, with our socialist Boy King and his ghoulish henchmen (or is it henchwomen?) henchpersons doing their best to emulate Castro's Paradise here in the U.S., perhaps prudent personal hygiene planning dictates stocking up (even more) on these household essentials. After all, just because Washington stinks to high heaven, doesn't mean you have to. :)

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