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The Cubans didn’t have much interest in that offer.
But if they were to look at our way of doing business, what they see might seem, well, socialistic.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac enjoy a unique government credit guarantee that gives them a leg up in the market and opportunities to earn huge profits. That’s why they are called “government-sponsored enterprises.” Now in trouble in spite of the advantage the government grants them, the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve ride to their rescue. The idea of taking a risk and possibly failing – a pretty central element of capitalism – goes out the window, because these companies were too big to fail.
Then consider a recent World Bank report that estimates that biofuels have driven up world food prices by 75 percent. Here in our bastion of capitalism, the “market” for ethanol is artificial, sustained by subsidies to producers and a high tariff barrier that protects those producers from international competition. Americans pay in their tax bills, and at the grocery store.
No wonder we like to devise plans to reform