Governor Beebe Tries to Save Face

Friday, July 31, 2009
The Associated Press published these headlines within an hour of each other:

Beebe is optimistic about Arkansas-Cuba trade

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday he returned from a visit to Cuba optimistic that Arkansas can increase its agricultural exports to the communist country.

Meanwhile,

Cuba enters crisis mode as economy worsens

HAVANA — Cuba clicked into crisis mode Friday, postponing a key Communist Party congress aimed at charting a post-Castro future and announcing that its woeful economy is even worse than expected.

Either Governor Beebe is trying to save face due to the time and expense of his otherwise worthless trip to Castro's Cuba, or the Cuban economy is actually in great shape and the Castro brothers simply want to temper the Cuban people's expectations.

My money is on the first.