People queue to get milk at a state rationing dispenser in the village of Bejucal, about 20 km (12 miles) from Havana December 9, 2009. Reducing the Communist-run island's heavy dependence on imports of staples like milk, corn and rice is at the heart of a farming shake-up ordered by Raul Castro since he took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel early last year. Picture taken December 9, 2009. To match feature CUBA-FARMING/ REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY)
Question: Does anyone actually believe for one cotton-picking second that the dictatorial leadership in Havana is rationing household items as stringently as they're forcing their subjects ... oops, I mean "honored citizens" to do?
Because I can't imagine the well-fed Castro brother passing up on much of any food, frankly.
Of course, Cuba's medical system (for the peasants ... oops, I mean everyone) is in an equally-uneven state of disrepair, where the citizenry is forced to endure inhumane conditions, while the leaders are given the best of care (or are flown overseas if needed).
The fact that Reuters isn't curious enough about this disparity to report on it speaks volumes.
And the fact that our Congress is taking us down the same road speaks of even worse.