Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fidel Castro Retires

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has resigned. He ruled Cuba for nearly half a century. Castro's younger brother, Raul, (aged 76) is expected to be named president on Sunday. Fidel Castro (aged 81) gave governmental power to Raul following Fidel's intestinal surgery in July 2006. There is some speculation that Raul Castro may ease up governmental controls on the Cuban economy, where the average government wage is $ 19 a month.

Drudge reported that Castro attributed his retirement to his health:

"My wishes have always been to discharge my duties to my last breath. That's what I can offer," Castro wrote. But, he continued, "it would be a betrayal to my conscience to accept a responsibility requiring more mobility and dedication than I am physically able to offer. This I say devoid of all drama. "

It appears that there are limits to even the glorious Cuban medical care that Michael Moore touted in "Sicko."

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