Cash-strapped Cuba is out of toilet paper.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba, in the grip of a serious economic crisis, is running short of toilet paper and may not get sufficient supplies until the end of the year, officials with state-run companies said on Friday.
"The corporation has taken all the steps so that at the end of the year there will be an important importation of toilet paper," an official with state conglomerate Cimex said on state-run Radio Rebelde.
The shipment will enable the state-run company "to supply this demand that today is presenting problems," he said.
“A five-month wait for toilet paper? I think that falls under what Obama would call ‘the fierce urgency of now,’” writes Mark Steyn on the Corner.
Remember the Michael Moore “crockumentary” Sicko? Although I never got past the ridiculousness of a morbidly obese man making a movie about health care, Moore savaged the American health care system while extolling Cuba’s system as the neatest thing since toilet paper on a roll. Pardon the pun. One can only presume toilet paper has been decreed an item of “capitalist gluttony” by Castro and not necessary for his “excellent” health care system.
That the shelves of America’s grocers are stocked to the brim with toilet paper is the difference between a government planned economy and a free market economy.