Don't Trust & Verify

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Retiring U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) returned from Havana this week claiming that the Castro regime's recent economic "reforms" are "deeper and more lasting than the ones that occurred in the early 1990s."

But it's not just Senator Dodd -- practically all advocates of unconditionally normalizing relations with the Castro regime (regardless of whether it reforms or not) are doing back-flips trying to convince policymakers that these "new" economic measures are a real "opportunity" for the U.S. (to bailout the regime, apparently).

Meanwhile, back in Havana, the Cuban people continue scratching their heads, while the Ministry of Labor and National Tax Office tell the AP that they haven't received orders "from above" regarding the new self-employment licenses -- not to mention how/when they will be distributed and taxed.

And even Omar, a popular figure who dresses as an uber-revolutionary in the tourist zone Old Havana, was arrested by the Cuban authorities this week for not having a license to practice "self-employment" (acting like a revolutionary for tourists is not one of the 178 employment activities eligible for licensing).

Sadly, this is not a joke. The picture below is an artistic irony in itself.