HAVANA TIMES —The widespread tendency to blame the government for all the bad things that happen to us may be owed to having lived – for many years – in a social system filled with obstacles, where some leaders take advantage of their positions to live comfortably, rather than solve the most pressing problems faced by the people who, in one way or another, elected them.
The fact of the matter, however, is that not all Cuban leaders are corrupt, nor is the government to blame for all of the shortcomings of the socialist system as such.
If, for instance, the garbage truck doesn’t come by the neighborhood as often as it should, we immediately think there’s a shortage of fuel or vehicles, or that the trucks are probably idling in a shop somewhere because of a lack of spare pieces (things having to do with municipal and provincial governments). But it can happen that the garbage people assigned to our area are, quite simply, totally irresponsible, as often turns out to be the case.
If there’s a pot-hole in the middle of the street, we find it easy to say that all streets in Cuba are in dreadful condition. It is true that, in many cases, city workers tear up the streets for repair work and leave the job half-done, but it also happens that we are responsible for these pot-holes. Ignoring city planning laws, we tear up the street to install water pipes or drains and, after we’ve solved our problem, leave behind a shoddy job that affects everyone who uses the street, including ourselves.
Owing to the extreme drought affecting Cuba’s eastern provinces, water is now being distributed to the inhabitants of Guantanamo only once a week. Even though no one is to blame that the floodgates of heaven have been sealed by Saint Peter, some continue to blame the government for the extreme water shortages we face in Guantanamo.