Apparently Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, the most retrograde and reactionary extreme right-winger serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, has not heard about the repudiation by the voters of the policies of the Republican Party, which took place last November.
Yesterday, he went on the floor of the House and said as follow:
“Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank President Bush for his continued support for a democratic transition in Cuba . Pursuant to the recommendations of his Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba , the President requested $45 million in economic support funds for Cuba pro-democracy activities. These funds would support efforts for a transition to democracy in the Western Hemisphere's only totalitarian dictatorship through support for dissidents, human rights activists, independent librarians and others who risk their lives each day for freedom in that enslaved island. Unfortunately, the bill brought forth by the majority is cutting the funds needed to support pro-democracy efforts in Cuba and funding less than 20 percent of the President's request.”
Hooray for the majority in cutting Mr. Bush's request for a program that puts millions of dollars of taxpayers funds into the pockets of his buddies in Miami. The Cuban people are not interested in the kind of “democracy” that the Miami Cuban-American Mafia wants.