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Raul Castro Cuban people should “work more” - uninspiring appearance

Posted September 20, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.


We Will Recover Everything We Had, Says Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro said people should feel the need to work more. He was speaking in a meeting with local residents of the municipality of La Palma, Pinar del Rio, one of the areas most affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He assured those in attendance that they will recover everything they had.

AIN Photo/Roberto Diaz Martorell

After meeting with civil defense authorities on the Isla de la Juventud, 44 miles off Cuba’s southern coast, and in the western province of Pinar del Rio, the Cuban president spoke with the residents of the two areas, who expressed their confidence in the government and the Revolution.

In speaking with farmers in Pinar del Rio, Castro talked about the importance of gradually eliminating the double currency in Cuba and paying workers for what they do as a way to boost production.

“It would be bold to say that in a period of four to five years we could eliminate the double currency and make salaries decent, but it has to be done… people have to be paid according to what they produce,” said the Cuban president. He emphasized that equalitarianism, where everyone is paid about the same, should not be mistaken for equality, whereby everybody has the same opportunities.

“If you work more than me and you sacrifice more than I do, you should receive more than me,” said Raul, pointing at one of the farmers.

Cuban President Raul Castro said people should feel the need to work more.In relation to the recovery efforts underway across the island, President Castro said there will be 15 brigades in each province to support agricultural work, including a brigade on the Isla de la Juventud, which will be created as soon as they have the necessary agricultural machines.

Another 70 brigades of construction workers will also be created, two for each of the municipalities hard-hit by the hurricanes. The brigades will be expected to build an average of 100 houses per year.

The Cuban president stressed that the brigades will not be created immediately, since the equipment needed has to first be bought from abroad.

Member Comments

On September 20, 2008, publisher wrote:

Keep in mind people that this is a news story from the Cuban News Agency, the communist government agency that writes the news for Cuba.

Apparently this is the best spin they can do on the situation?

1. A photo of Raul Castro sitting down pointing to a map.

2. They quote him as saying that the Cuban people “should feel the need to work more”. Are you f*#&ing; kidding me? Really Raul? They should work more. I’m surprised they didn’t rush you with pieces of broken furniture and lumber.

3. Notice the story had to have this bullshit propaganda line stating people “expressed their confidence in the government and the Revolution. “

4. I love the end part that the brigades “will be created”... someday.

Nice job Raul. You are showing that you really have nothing to offer the Cuban people.

Hmmm, kinda like Batista in his last days.

On September 20, 2008, manfredz wrote:

kinda like bush and katrina .... at least he learned for ike….. raol, study bush ....

On September 21, 2008, gframe wrote:

True Raul is more business like than Fidel but what they are doing is for the good of the people. No insurance in Cuba to rebuild with.

On September 21, 2008, publisher wrote:

What is it exactly that Raul is doing that’s good for the Cuban people? How about leaving them alone so they can chart their own destiny?

On September 22, 2008, Cubana wrote:

Reminds me of Boxer in Animal Farm who’s pet response to any misfortune that befell the farm was “I will work harder” - no doubt this is what Raul is expecting the Cuban people to say. When will they wake up and understand they have been taken for mugs the last 50 years?

On September 22, 2008, cubanpete wrote:

Work harder?  Perhaps La Revolucion should have an “Arbeit macht frei” billboard at the entrance of every farm and factory.

On October 04, 2008, publisher wrote:

and now it’s Fidel’s turn.

He tells people to work harder too.

What great leaders.