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Big Change in Cuban Relations, No Change In Cuba’s Police State by The Elephant's Child

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There has been no indication whatsoever from the Cuban police state that they have any intention of lessening the oppression of the Cuban people., but nevermind, Obama wants to “normalize” relations. Build an embassy, appoint an ambassador, open up trade. Our Chamber of Commerce is all for it. Lots of tweets from Lefties wanting to go to Cuba before it is inflicted with McDonalds, Taco Bells and Starbucks to “ruin the country.”

Cuban salaries are pegged at about 67¢ a day, according to Michael Totten. What a treat it will be for them to be able to buy a Big Mac for only a month’s income. Cuba has a maximum wage of about $20 a month. Professionals such as doctors or lawyers can make an extra $10 a month

“The government contracts with Spanish companies such as Meliá International to manage Havana’s hotels. Meliá wanted to pay its employees a decent wage, the government said fine, so the company pays $8−$10 an hour.” The firm pays the government, which then pays the workers after pocketing the rest of the money. The workers get 67¢ a day. How is it that McDonalds, Taco Bells and Starbucks are going to prosper in Cuba? Are tourist dollars enough to keep them going?

“The government,” Totten says, “defends its maximum wage by arguing that life’s necessities are either free or so deeply subsidized in Cuba that citizens don’t need very much money.” Commuters must pay for public transportation out of their $20. Cubans must wait in line for up to 2 hours each way to get on a bus.” A round trip to the other side of the country can cost a year’s salary. As for the free health care, patients have to bring their own medicine, their own sheets and their own iodine to the hospital. Cuba has sent so many doctors abroad, especially to Venezuela in exchange for oil, that there is now a shortage of doctors.

Obama is very impressed with Cuba sending their doctors to help in the fight against Ebola in Africa, but their salaries are paid to the government. Medical slaves. Like all Communist countries, there is an elite that lives very well, and an oppressed population.

Elliott Abrams wrote in National Review:

The American Left has loathed the embargo and overlooked all  of Castro’s repressive actions since the 1960s. They have blamed the U.S.−Cuba deadlock entirely on the United States and have sought the end of the embargo whenever a Democrat was in the White House.”…

When the Soviet Union fell, the Castro regime was in dire straits. It survived through sheer repression — until it was sustained by Venezuelan oil money sent by Hugo Chávez. Today Chávez is dead, oil is under $60 a barrel, and Venezuela is reeling.

Many conservatives simply acknowledge that the embargo has been in place for 50 years with little gain. Cuban-Americans will find it easier to send remittances, but the government may confiscate those. Mexico and the Central American countries depend on remittances from the U.S. for nearly half of their national budgets.

Obama told the Cubans they had to let Alan Gross out, and one other, and we turned over three Cuban spies who were serving life sentences. Obama doesn’t really have the authority to do this, nor to build embassies, nor to approve Ambassadors without Congress. Doesn’t seem to be much of a bargain. We have sanctions on Venezuela, Iran and Russia. If we establish some sort of trade, we can always yank it away. I hope Obama isn’t planning to turn Guantanamo Bay back to the Cubans.

Cuban President Raúl Castro declared the changes a step towards  “prosperous and sustainable socialism.”

The Washington Post editorial board
Fox News
The National Journal
Marco Rubio, Wall Street Journal
When Socialists Promise a Utopian Paradise,” American Elephants

 

 

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Reblogged this on lidsamy and commented:
Before you stick that Cuban cigar in your mouth, know who you are really sticking it to.
Horrifying look at life under the Castro’s jackboot in Cuba.

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Wow, not content to screw over Americans, Obama decides to screw over Cuba too? Sad.

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[…] Times article extolls the Obama effort and assumes that everything in Cuba will improve as a result —in spite of Raul Castro’s firm declaration that nothing […]

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