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This is the Cuban Nirvana that the left says is just so wonderful? Really?

For years we’ve been treated to the left gushing at the very thought of the island nation of Cuba and the socialist “utopia” that has been created there.  For example, in 1998 the noted academic Jack Nicholson said that, “Fidel Castro is a genius! We spoke about everything [in our meeting]. Castro is a humanist like President Clinton. Cuba is simply a paradise!”

Indeed! Nicholson also has fellow leftists such as Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin Costner, Steven Spielberg, Woody Harrelson, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Leo DiCaprio, Chevy Chase, Robert Redford, Benicio del Toro, Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and James Caan who think ‘ol Fidel and his never ending revolution are just tops.

And who can forget Michael Moore’s thoughts about the health care system in Cuba?

As for Cuba, yes, when I’ve got a film crew there, they’re going to show us their best. But there’s a reason the World Health Organization ranks their health-care system [among] the best in the Third World and that people from Latin America come there for their health care. There’s also a reason Cubans live on average a month longer than we do. I’m not trumpeting Castro or his regime. I just want to say to fellow Americans, “C’mon, we’re the United States! If they can do this, we can do it.”

So, isn’t it interesting what has happened in this tropical paradise over the last few days? You haven’t heard? Why, they don’t have any toilet paper.

No, really. Cuba is out of toilet paper. Like they have none if it. Anywhere. Yes, I’m serious.

There’s good news and bad news in Cuba.

The bad news: There’s a shortage of toilet paper, and officials in Havana say it will not ease until the end of the year.

The good news: Day-old copies of the Communist party’s newspaper Granma, a traditional substitute, are available for less than a U.S. penny. And that’s six to eight full, if rough, pages per day.

Well, at least they have the something to use, right?

Surprisingly, one reporter is able to assess the true state of affairs in Cuba.

But CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria says that “at the bottom of this toilet paper shortage is Cuba’s continuing commitment to its bizarro world of socialist economics.”

“Cuba’s disastrous economy would be a joke were it not for the poverty it has perpetuated among millions of Cubans,” Zakaria said in a video commentary posted last week. “The whole country is stagnating. Fifty percent of its arable fields are going unfarmed. First and second year college students work one month out of the year in agriculture.”

“It’s insane farm policies lead to frequent shortages of fruit, vegetables and other basic food needs, shortages even more serious than toilet paper,” he added. “And all those programs that they have held up for years as successes of the communist revolution — free education for all through college, universal health care — well, Raúl Castro just announced they’re going to have to make cuts in all of these.”

Not such a super duper place, after all, is it, Michael Moore? (I wonder if he’s read how Havana is also fast becoming a “mecca” for child exploitation, as well.)

On with the Revolution, leftists!