The commander of the revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez recently revealed that Cuba needs 250 million dollars a year to maintain its energy matrix and light the island as God intended; but since he does not have them, he recommended save electricity in any circumstance.
Valdés, who was a winemaker, Freemason and Minister of the Interior before being the head of the Click patrol, knows that a country in darkness reduces commerce and industry; It diminishes the fraternity between Cubans embittered by impoverishment, inequality and blackouts and generates crimes.
Until a few months ago, the Cuban government – knowing that a dull country is a barrel of human gunpowder – avoided blackouts in residential areas, but it was not even able to prevent the 9/11 rebellion because many Cubans, especially young people, know that everyone’s cause their evils is the communism of compadres practiced by the olive-green and guayaberada caste aboard tasty BMWs that cost them nothing because it comes off the backs of the citizens.
Where could Valdés find the 250 million that late Castroism needs to sleep with one eye open and the other closed? In Gaesa, which – in the midst of the coronavirus health disaster – spent 4,138 million US dollars, according to official figures, even knowing that no tourists would go.
The millionaire spent on luxury real estate assets in Havana, Varadero and Holguín would give to renew the expired and ineffective Cuban energy matrix or to light the island for more than 16 years and would make the evictions committed by the government in Antilla, against defenseless citizens, unnecessary. and impoverished.
The Cuban executive – who spends his life showing his face for Gaesa, in a rare role reversal, since usually it is officers and soldiers who defend the governments and not the other way around – weakly argued that many investments were programmed and imports contracted. that those tourist projects implied.
The excuse is easily removable because the coronavirus pandemic changed the priorities on the planet and even ultra-liberal governments, paralyzed investments in favor of public spending to help the victims of Covid-19, but the Minister of Economy, Alejandro Gil, in a start of priceless sincerity he said that Cuba would not increase social spending; although later the reality was more stubborn than the neoliberal passion of the communist bureaucrat, muted since he described it as miraculous to be still in power.
Assuming the Cuban government’s thesis on the immobility of Gaesa’s plans, which is neither accountable nor subject to verification by the General Controller of the Republic or the National Assembly, another source of financing for electricity generation and maintenance is solidarity remittances from the attacked Cuban emigration, including telephone recharges; another billion dollar business in the hands of the happy godchildren of Raúl Castro.
In 2020, despite the reduction in shipments by more than half, Cuban emigrants sent to Cuba – by different routes – 2,967,000,000 US dollars, that is, almost twelve times more than the annual needs for electricity generation. according to Valdés’s calculations.
There is money to meet the energy needs of the population, but late Castroism lacks the sense and sensitivity to understand that the exercise of power – even dictatorial power – implies serving the citizens and avoiding betting on the animated fantasies of Gaesa, who continues to be committed to to ignore the fear caused in the markets by the calamitous Cuban economy and its inability to pay and seems to bet on the crime that would imply selling at a bargain price, which will never be his; even if it seems.
Rare nationalist communism that displaces the Cuban in favor of the business, and still does not assimilate that an enlightened country is more profitable than a dark island and in constant distress because when the power goes out, there is no water and they must run to the refrigerators to save the 19 foods? that guarantees the sixty-year supply book.