Castro's $1 Billion Net Worth vs. $628 Avg. Income
Elian Gonzalez's home town of Cardenas, but not the block where Elian lives, that was fixed up:
Typical refrigerator in a Cuban home, all food is rationed.
Pictures are from TheRealCuba.com, a website mentioned in today's IBD editorial:
Castro's partying offspring can be seen in photos on Web sites such as TheRealCuba.com. He has a lifestyle that's the envy of any billionaire who's ever fantasized about owning his own island.
Castro's net worth of $900 million, compared to the $628-a-year incomes of average Cubans is particularly damning.
Under his 49 years of rule, Cuba has gone from having the highest standard of living in Latin America to either the poorest or second-poorest.
The Heritage Foundation ranks Cuba rock bottom on economic freedom in the region, and second-worst in the entire world, topped only by another communist "paradise,"North Korea.