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  •  we need to reverse our Cuba policy of 50+ yrs (14+ / 0-)

    Cuba would have been free and Castro deposed around 1989 (same time as Eastern Europe) but for Cuban Americans in Florida and "bad Democrats (on this issue)" like Dem NJ Sen Menendez.  US policy for decades in Eastern Europe was to engage and send students and professors, cultural groups, symphonies, etc to their countries to mingle and hear about the freedoms and economic well being in the West.  US policy in Cuba for the last 50+ years, driven by Cuban Americans in FL who have dreams of returning to Cuba and recovering their estates, homes and businesses (a false dream since even European and other investors have been buying up those assets) has been the opposite - to shun and boycott Cuba and prevent any contact by US cultural, university, and business with everyday Cubans.   Essentially no other country on planet Earth agrees with the failed US policy - but US politicians, afraid of the Cuban-American vote in swing state Florida, have slavishly supported the 50+ year old failed US policy.  Let's hope Obama fundamentally reverses that failed policy.  If not, we can expect the Castros to still be ruling an un-free Cuba even after Obama leaves office.

    •  And this election shows we're getting closer (5+ / 0-)
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      skohayes, snazzzybird, dkosdan, tb mare, IM

      to reversing.

      It's always amazed me that the Democrats have not used something along the lines of "let's use capitalism in our fight with Cuba" and point to Vietnam as an example of what could happen if we opened up economic trade with Cuba.

    •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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      snazzzybird, dkosdan

      What is the point of continuing this stupid Cuban policy?

       We opened up travel for family members and the sky didn't fall, we didn't have the end of the world, Cuba didn't invade us, communism didn't take over our schools and.............. WE STILL WON FLORIDA!

      Good gracious, what more must happen before we stop it. Obama needs to do it in 2014. Give the party nominee. at least 2 yrs to overcome any negative fall out.

      This is our moment...this is our time! President Barack Obama

      by ankae on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:26:53 AM PST

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    •  My husband and I are going on (0+ / 0-)

      an "educational and cultural" trip to Cuba in two weeks. We are so looking forward to it.

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