Here’s the sort of unemployment we could use in the United States: laying off 13,000,000 or so federal employees and telling them to go raise rabbits or something.
The big-government Republicans who controlled D.C. throughout the Bush years didn’t have the cajones to accomplish this. Obama and the Democrats certainly aren’t going to cut government. But guess who has more small-government cred than either major party in America?
Cuba announced Monday it will cast off at least half a million state workers by early next year and reduce restrictions on private enterprise to help them find new jobs — the most dramatic step yet in President Raul Castro’s push to radically remake employment on the communist-run island.
Castro suggested during a nationally televised address on Easter Sunday that as many as 1 million Cuban workers — about one in five — may be redundant. But the government had not previously laid out specific plans to slash its work force, and the speed and scope of the coming cutbacks were astounding.
Cuba’s official work force is 5.1 million — meaning nearly 10 percent of all employees could soon be out of a government job.
The general plan is to pink slip the least productive of Cuba’s roughly 5 million “public” workers by telling habitual no-shows and those who don’t do all that much work when they are on the job to go raise rabbits.
Since Obama is rapidly growing government while Castro is rapidly shrinking it, perhaps the Cubans should impose a trade embargo against the socialist Americans.