I went to this site and it didn't take but a few minutes to find a few points where Cuba lags behind the U.S. For example, Cuba has 3.2 telephones per 100 inhabitants, while the U.S. has 62.6. There are apparently no stats available on how many Cubas have motor vehicles. And sure, education expenditure is higher in Cuba (6.1% of GDP compared to U.S.'s 4.8% ... but, of course, the U.S.'s GDP is significantly greater!), but while primary and secondary school enrollment per 100 EXCEEDS 100 in the U.S., it's only 88 of males and 92 of females in Cuba. And I said America's GDP is greater, I wasn't joking. In US$, Cuba's GDP Per Capita in 1995 was 1985, compared to 26037 in America! I think those numbers can speak for themselves!
:Given the choice between a life of hardship and deprivation in a nation embargoed by the most powerful nation in the world and one in a First World nation, I'm surprised there aren't a whole lot more Cuban refugees. The solution? Lift the embargo and let Cuba find its own way politically, socially, culturally - without duress]
Aren't you defeating the purpose of your argument by describing Cuban life as a life of "hardship and deprivation"? Perhaps the U.S. would lift the embargo and let Cuba find its own way if Communist leaders weren't so bent on conquering the world.