Who knew it would be that simple? Not only that, but the same country has figured out a way to give anyone who wants one, an absolutely free college education. Interested? Read on.
These thoughts occurred after listening college classmate, lecture to a bunch of us alums about a trip he took to a foreign country a few months ago, along with 15 or so of our classmates and their wives. He’d been in the foreign service and had even served as an ambassador to a nearby state.
All is not sweetness and light however. Housing is scarce, and newlyweds have two choices about where to live — with the groom’s parents or the bride’s.
Vintage car fans love the country, and one of his slides showed a Chevy from my youth in the 50s.
Ecologists love the fact that the country has a very low carbon footprint. Even though 20% of the population is involved in agriculture, mechanization hasn’t taken over, and draft animals abound. The fields shown looked quite lush. They get plenty of rain.
One of the slides was of a food distribution center. Mayor Bloomberg would be pleased. No junk food. Well, actually very little food and the shelves looked rather barren. This is where people go to get their free food. A slide was shown of one of the ration books currently in use.
Well the food is rationed. How else are you going to stop people from eating like pigs? The talk was fascinating and went on for an hour with numerous slides. Perhaps 100 or so denizens of the country appeared in them. None were fat. Hosanna ! !
My classmate rattled off the current rations, but it went by to fast for me to reproduce. Hopefully he’ll fill me in.
What with the free college and all, there has to be someone paying for it. There is — the graduates. They all get 20 dollars a month salary, and the taxi driver of the vintage Chevy was a chemical engineer. 85% of the populace works for the government. My classmate found this arrangement heartening, as it made just about everyone an entrepreneur (to survive).
People worried about discrimination against the elderly will appreciate the fact that pay (say 20 a month vs. 15 vs. 10) is strictly on the basis of seniority. No silly merit pay for them. This has the expected effect on output.
Those upset about the disparities in income and wealth here will find true equality nirvana over there.
Medical care is universally available and free. Quality is difficult to ascertain.
This paradise is only 90 miles from Florida. It’s called Cuba.
We do have one comparable institution in this country where
l. all are equal
2. food is free
3. housing is free
4. medical care is universally available and free
5. no Republican has ever stolen an election
It’s called prison.