In the same fashion as the Iraq bill, 66 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives today helped the Republican minority pass an amendment that will continue putting taxpayer money into the pockets of the Cuban-American Mafia in Miami.
Our Decider-In-Chief had requested $45 million to help "democracy" in Cuba, despite persistent reports that the money stays in Miami and/or ends up in the pockets of Bush buddies in that cesspool of a city.
Here is the report from El Gusano Herald:
Bush requested almost $46 million for Cuba democracy programs for the 2008 fiscal year, a five-fold jump from the 2007 level, in keeping with a recommendation by an interagency commission that said the money would help bring democracy to the island.
But Democrats on an appropriations panel that oversees the $34 billion State Department foreign operations spending bill -- chaired by Rep. Nita Lowey of New York -- had cut the aid level back to $9 million, arguing there was not enough oversight to ensure the money would be well spent.
An amendment proposed by Cuban-American Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a Miami Republican, and Albio Sires, a New Jersey Democrat, to return the dollar amount to the original Bush proposal passed easily, by a 254-170 vote, with 66 Democrats joining 188 Republicans in support.
After you read the three paragraphs above, ask yourself the following two questions:
1. Have the policies of Democratic Party and the Republican Party helped bring democracy to Cuba?
2. Why does our government continue to use our money to continue the failed policies of the last 48 years?