Monday, March 30, 2009

Cuba policy developments tomorrow?

March 30, 2009

Shailagh Murray and Karen Deyoung report today from the pages of the Washington Post that “at a Capitol Hill news conference scheduled for tomorrow, a wide array of senators and interest groups -- including Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Byron L. Dorgan (N.D.); Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.); Richard G. Lugar (Ind.), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Human Rights Watch -- will rally around a potentially historic bill to lift the travel ban.”

The article itself had what I thought was a very wishy-washy title: “Momentum grows for relaxing U.S. policy on Cuba.” What is wrong with calling a spade a spade? A more apt title would have been “It is time to CHANGE our totally failed U.S. Cuba Policy.”

Of course, you can expect the reactionary right-wing of the Democratic Party, led by Robert Menendez (New Jersey) and Bill Nelson (Florida) to actively oppose and try to derail any so-called “relaxation” of our Cuba policies. These two senators, who have always sided and supported the three fascist Congressmen and woman from Miami-Dade County, Florida, are professional “Cuba Haters.” If it was up to me, I would strip them of any leadership positions in the Democratic caucus, and name them as co-chairs of a new congressional committee to buy new paper clips for their fellow senators and representatives.

And let us not forget Mel Martinez, the very able water carrier for Menendez and Nelson. He will be there too trying to derail any Cuba policy reforms.

After the totally idiotic statement yesterday in Chile, from the Vice President of the United States, where he effectively said “I will continue with my head stuck in the sand and I will continue to support the Cuba embargo” you can surmise that the executive branch of our government will give us FAKE CHANGE in our failed Cuba policies.

It is time for Congress to step up to the plate and pass H.R. 188 “The Cuba Reconciliation Act” which lifts the Cuba embargo, and H.R. 874 and S. 428 “The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act” which would allow travel to Cuba for ALL AMERICANS.


John Tyrrell said...

Totally agree with you. A change in US policy is long overdue. Having recently been to Cuba I am surprised how many Americans visit, regardless of the embargo.

Cuba Journal said...

I know that thousands of Americans visit Cuba every year. We would not have enough jails to put them in.

I still have 5% hope that Obama will start the process of change, but I am extremely skeptic that he will do something positive. Biden has always been anti-Cuba, and his declaration yesterday proves it.

Capitalist hatred for Socialism will prevent Obama from doing much to reform the big failure of our Cuba policies. They still dream of bringing "freedom" to Cuba.