I was surprised to read the editorial from the New York Times on October 11, 2014, not because of the subject but because of the unconvincing and poor arguments presented. As a Cuban who’s lived in exile in Europe for more than 20 years, this subject is in my thoughts very often.
I recall I was around 10 years old when my father used to take me from one ministry to the other to collect his salary. It could have been the Ministry of Sugar or Transportation. He didn’t work at any of them, but he would collect his full salary there every month. In fact, he didn’t work anywhere. He was paid on instructions from the Ministry of the Armed Forces.
My grandmother was obsessively opposed to letting things go to waste, particularly food and clothes. If you helped yourself to a large serving of food and only ate a small part of it, my she would say you were “eating with your eyes only” and that you were inconsiderate. If you bought clothing you never wore, she harped on and on about your wasteful ways.