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Monday, April 13, 2009

Cuba, si

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 2:01 PM

As long predicted, President Obama today will ease restrictions on travel and some financial exchanges with people in Cuba. Is the right past busting a gusset over such? It's a pretty tentative step against what we ought to do, which is open the floodgates of dollars and goods. I second U.S. Rep. Marion Berry, who said:

“I applaud the President's decision to ease travel restrictions to Cuba.  The last 50 years of U.S. policy toward Cuba have proven that unilateral sanctions are not effective. 
 
“By lifting the travel restrictions, we are beginning to lay the groundwork for long-term diplomacy and increased trade. In this ailing economy, one of the first things we can do to provide some relief for our farmers and generate increased revenue for our country would be to lift the trade barriers between the U.S. and Cuba.  The time has come to reevaluate our hard-lined policies of the past and embrace a new direction for Cuban-American relations.”

 

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