This Land Is Your Land

It is not an uncommon sight in Cuba for doctors and engineers to be driving taxicabs.

Classic American Car serving as a Cuban Taxi

Cuba has a relatively good education system, but its socialist economic system has provided few opportunities for its graduates. The one industry that is prospering in Cuba is the tourism industry. Vacationers from all over the world (except the United States) come to the island to enjoy Cuba’s pleasant weather and beautiful beaches.

So thousands of Cuban doctors decided that they were far better off being well paid by tourists as a taxi driver than poorly paid by the state for being a doctor.

This is seen as a clear sign of how the Cuba’s economy is completely dysfunctional and how communism is a really dumb idea.

Here in America…

With Communist Cuba’s problems in mind, let’s look at some of the latest headlines from the Good Ole’ USA!

Man with Law Degree and $250,000 in Student Loans Robs Bank To Get Health Care in Prison.

Educated and Underemployed

53% of College Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed.

The Good Men Project has the following graphic about people with advanced degrees on food stamps.

America's PHDs on Food Stamps

Oh, and did I mention that Americans owe over $1 trillion in student loan debt? Debt that is not dischargeable in bankruptcy?

Seeing doctors driving taxicabs is a clear sign that Cuba’s economy is dysfunctional. What does PhDs on welfare say about the United States?

More importantly, what price are we paying to keep all that knowledge and talent on the sidelines? How many bright Americans are unable to start businesses because of student loan debt?

Economic justice is not just about the poor and downtrodden. It impacts all of us. It changes our future.

So, what does a “just economy” mean to you? How should a country make the most of the talents and abilities of our people?


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