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  •  that's a 15% drop off in 4 years. they must be (11+ / 0-)

    dying like flies.

    or maybe they are happy to be able to travel to Cuba to see family members again and are keeping their (previous) political leanings to themselves.

    Lots of folks forgot Obama opened up family travel early in his first term.

    For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

    by mdmslle on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:06:45 AM PST

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    •  The Cubans who fled Castro (4+ / 0-)
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      supported Batista and many lived very well under his rule. Supporting a corrupt authoritarian restricted aristocracy seems the normal order of the world to them.

      Back in power, Batista suspended the 1940 Constitution and revoked most political liberties, including the right to strike. He then aligned with the wealthiest landowners who owned the largest sugar plantations, and presided over a stagnating economy that widened the gap between rich and poor Cubans.[6] Batista's increasingly corrupt and repressive regime then began to systematically profit from the exploitation of Cuba's commercial interests, by negotiating lucrative relationships with the American mafia, who controlled the drug, gambling, and prostitution businesses in Havana, and with large multinational American corporations that had invested considerable amounts of money in Cuba.[6][7] To quell the growing discontent amongst the populace—which was subsequently displayed through frequent student riots and demonstrations—Batista established tighter censorship of the media, while also utilizing his anti-Communist secret police to carry out wide-scale violence, torture and public executions; ultimately killing anywhere from 1,000 to 20,000 people.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:23:07 AM PST

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