The Guardian

The Guardian 13 Nov 2019

Why do Havana's taxi drivers earn more than doctors?

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Cuba's strange dual system means that public sector workers and those in private enterprise are paid in different currencies. Laura, a GP, earns Cuban pesos, whereas Rogelio, who was a doctor, now makes more in an hour as a taxi driver than he used to in a month because he is paid in 'convertible pesos', which are worth 24 times more. As doctors and teachers struggle to buy basic goods, is it time for change?


In the United States, more than 100 million eligible voters sit out every election, putting the country almost dead last in voter turnout rates compared with other developed countries.
Out of 250 million eligible voters, slightly more than half (about 140 million) actually show up on ballot day.
What does that mean for representative government?

One of the most obvious implications is that US presidents rule with less than 30 percent of the population having actively chosen them.

Join Steve Clemons in a conversation on the reasons behind this American phenomenon, and the people trying to "get out the vote".

Guests:

Evette Alexander - Director of the 100 Million Project at the Knight Foundation

Ted Johnson - Senior fellow at the Brennan Center

Kellen Edmonson - Field director of HeadCount
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