The Cuban government issued new measures on Monday to limit the accumulation of wealth by Cubans who own private businesses on the island.The provisions stipulate that Cubans may own only one private enterprise, and impose higher taxes and restrictions on a spectrum of self-employment endeavors, including the arts.The government announced that it will start issuing licenses to open new businesses — frozen since last August — but established greater controls through a package of measures intended to prevent tax evasion, limit wealth and give state institutions direct control over the so-called cuentapropismo or self-employment sector.The measures will not be immediately implemented.There is a 150-day waiting period to “effectively implement” the new regulations, the official Granma newspaper reported.Cubans who run private restaurants known as paladares, for example, will not be able to rent a room in their home to tourists since no citizen can have more than one license for self-employment.
It’s hard to see how this new effort at controlling Cubans will end well. On one hand, they need to promote self employment in Cuba. On the other hand, they want to limit self employment and prosperity creation.
Of course, what else do you expect from a communist regime accustomed to controlling every corner in the island?
Or as my late father used to say whenever he heard about reforms in Cuba. He would caution me: “Son comunistas” translated to they are communists!