Trump Farewells Castro: “Brutal Dictator”

Posted on Sun 11/27/2016 by

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Donald Trump gives Fidel Castro the send-off he deserves. Will the Australian ABC now dry its tears for a dictator – and will Malcolm Turnbull follow Trump’s lead?

Trump tells it just as it is:

Fidel_CastroToday, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott also tells it like it is:

UPDATE

In a column back in 2014, I noted that living standards in Cuba and Hong Kong were identical in the 1950s.

But the two nations then conducted an experiment. Hong Kong chose laissez-faire capitalism while Cuba chose communism.

The result, as you can see in the graph (http://freedomandprosperity.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Hong-Kong-v-Cub.jpg) is that Hong Kong has enjoyed decades of strong growth while Cuba has stagnated.

cubaeconomy

I’m not alone in noticing the onerous economic cost of Cuban oppression. This academic article has a devastating summary.

We examine Cuban GDP over time and across space. We find that Cuba was once a prosperous middle-income economy. On the eve of the revolution, incomes were 50 to 60 percent of European levels. They were among the highest in Latin America at about 30 percent of the United States. In relative terms, Cuba was richer earlier on. Income per capita during the 1920s was in striking distance of Western Europe and the Southern United States. After the revolution, Cuba slipped down the world income distribution. Current levels of income per capita appear below their pre-revolutionary peaks.”

UPDATE 2

Praise for a dictator from Britain’s contemptible Labour leader:

It’s amazing how preachers on “social justice” can excuse enslaving a whole people and murdering thousands. Provided it’s all done by one of their own.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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