After 60 plus years of hard-line Communist rule, Cuba has decided to ditch the dogma and legalize the sale of both real estate and cars in an effort to breathe life into a sputtering economy. Hit the applause app! First the dance of the democratic rites of Arab Spring. Now this.
I had a feeling something big was in the works when Castro’s personal Twitter feed surpassed 100,000 followers. Not bad for an aging octogenarian dictator! The original “Fear the Beard” guy and former baseball player, way before Brian Wilson was on the mound for the Gigantes. The guy who holds the Guinness Book of World Record’s title for the longest speech in United Nations history – a whopping 4 hour and 29 minute rant.
The fact that he’s been able to transition so seamlessly into 140 character sound bytes, gives me hope. One day they’ll find a cure for my own fulsome brand of babbling ambiance.
Maybe some of our own undernourished Realtors can undertake a latitude adjustment of sorts. Pack up shop. Head even further south than they’ve been, for the promised land of new open houses and greener ($$$) pastures. Re-expatriate to Havana. Ship over a fleet of shiny new BMW’s. Sell a few keys for cash while setting up a branch-office of good old American real estate know-how and ingenuity.
But who knows? Maybe the US will abandon Guantanamo Bay and open up 45 square miles of prime waterfront property to future development. Virgin real estate territory! After cleaning up a little left-over military ordnance and wrestling with a few thorny disclosure issues regarding its shadowy past, it could be an exciting investment opportunity. Sort of a Del Webb meets Club Med kind of thing. Caribbean charm infused with a double-down dose Dubai-style debt. Everyone knows there’s no debtor’s prison anymore.
If we actually get around to formalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, I’m throwing Alan Greenspan’s hat into the ring as the obvious choice for Ambassador.
They’re going to need a strong voice for unfettered, laissez-faire capitalism. Someone’s got to make the case for putting the foxes in charge of the henhouse, knowing they can be trusted to self-regulate their own appetites.
Wouldn’t it be great to see Greenspan’s tarnished reputation get rehabilitated in Cuba? It could all be spun as a huge Habitat for Humanity project fueled by the glorious return of subprime lending secured by government backing. The lofty goal of leveraging 100% homeownership for all Cubans.
Funny how, if you wait long enough, things that once seemed so estranged and disparate tend to circle back and inch towards each other. Like Cuba and the U.S.