Visions of Cuba Danced in Their Heads

    Asked for the figures underpinning the charge, a McConnell aide pointed to a report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that warned the US budget deficit for fiscal year 2009, ending September 30, would swell to 13.1 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

    Cuba’s deficit in 2008 was 4.1 percent of GDP using the official exchange rate, or 1.57 percent using another measure of total national output, according to the CIA.

    According to official Cuban government figures, Cuba’s projected deficit in 2009 will run to 5.6 percent of GDP, less than the 6.7 percent it reached in 2008.

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