Saturday, April 11, 2009

Here's What Happens to Entrepreneurs in Cuba

Why was this famous Havana restaurant ("Huron Azul" pictured above) closed down by Cuban authorities, and why was its owner Juan Carlos Fernandez Garcia arrested?

The list of the restaurant owner's "crimes" includes: Selling “prohibited food” such as lobster and beef; having more than twelve seats in the restaurant; giving credit to local artists who eat there; being an active patron of the arts; paying a huge electricity bill; having a lot of cash that allowed the owner to "maintain an extravagant lifestyle"; and—what nerve—wanting to open a restaurant in Milan, Italy.

Read more here (be sure to check out the slideshow).


At 4/11/2009 10:09 AM, Blogger fgjkf said...

What a rotten S.O.B. this restaurateur is. This individual actually has the audacity to produce a service that people want, and for a PROFIT?

This individuals arrest sounds PROGRESSIVE to me.

At 4/11/2009 1:18 PM, Blogger Dean L said...

The other frightening aspect of this is that Cuba allows lobster and beef to be sold to tourists in the resort destinations (i.e. resorts). Cuba has two sets of rules, one for it's ordinary citizens, and one for those 'bigger fish' willing to play ball with the Castro regime.

It's similar to a situation where say you were CEO of an insurance company (let's call it BJH), and the government had some issues with incentives you wanted to pay to your executives. You could either play ball, or risk having the government do what it wants you to do anyway - give the bonuses back to the federal government.

That's something that luckily, only happens in command economies like Cuba, but could never happen in the US. In the US, you can go about your business and you don't need to 'play ball' to get by ( .

At 4/11/2009 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's up with Fidel? This is so 1930's. If he wants to maintain his spot as the progressive poster boy, he's going to have to get up to date.

Progressives no longer knock down doors and to confiscate wealth and stifle individual initiative, they use the tax code. Why risk disapprobation from some international body, when all you have to do is follow Obama and Pelosi's lead and tax him into submission. And the best part is you can claim that it's his patriotic duty.

Time to wise up, there is more than one way to enforce socialism.

At 4/11/2009 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this guy needs to do is to cultivate the right customers. If he had catered to Fidel's friends he may have received an invitation and a private plane ride instead of a jail sentence. Look how well the strategy has paid off for Chris Sommers:

When you're the president of the United States, only the best pizza will do - even if that means flying a chef 860 miles.

Chris Sommers, 33, jetted into Washington from St Louis, Missouri, on Thursday with a suitcase of dough, cheese and pans to to prepare food for the Obamas and their staff.

Daily Mail

Is it just me, or is it a little unseemly to be flying chefs to the White House on the taxpayer dime during "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression"? And what about that "carbon footprint"? Massive.

Elvis used to send his private plane to California to pick up his favorite PB&J's, but I'm pretty sure he used his own money.

At 4/13/2009 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch the following video after reading this story :

Yes, they are members of the United States House of Representatives.


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