Cuba Newspaper Motto: 'Savings or Death'

Cuban state media says the island should adopt the motto "Savings or Death!" to withstand tough economic times.

Friday's proposal in an editorial by Granma director Lazaro Barredo is a play on the communist leadership's slogan "Socialism or Death!" Barredo says Central Bank president Francisco Soberan came up with the phrase.

The editorial complains about "squandering" fuel and other resources, and worker "passivity." Barredo writes that the crisis means laborers must work harder and conserve resources, and their bosses must push them more.

He says more productivity is necessary to help Cuba be more self-sufficient and correct what he calls an unsustainable trade imbalance of 78 percent imports during the first quarter.