Friday, January 19, 2007

Democrats Try To Save a Failing Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers, with an eye on reports of failing health of Cuban President Fidel Castro, said they intend in the new Democratic-led Congress to seek to ease restrictions on travel and trade with the communist island.

The new legislative push coincides with a moment of change in Cuba. Castro, 80, handed power provisionally to his brother, Raul, 75, after undergoing surgery in July. Recent reports suggest Castro suffered complications from the surgery and his recovery has been slow.

Why is that Democrats are vehemently opposed to trade with any country but the Communist ones? This is clearly some porpagandistic move to show the new Congess' support of Communist dictators like Castro, and the up-and-comer, Raul.
The first step would be to allow the 1.2 million Cubans living in the United States to travel to Cuba whenever they want, reversing the restriction to once every three years set by the Bush administration, said Rep. Bill Delahunt, a Democrat from Massachusetts.

"That's going to be my priority," Delahunt told Reuters in a telephone interview on Thursday. He said he was optimistic the legislation could pass this year.

The restrictions imposed by President George W. Bush also reduced the amount of money Cuban Americans could send to their relatives back home.

It's good to know that with Muslim madmen developing nuclear weapons left and right, and with a war going on, Delahunt's "priority" in Congress is to allow these now-ungrateful immigrants to pour their money into the failing Cuban economy in the hopes that it may stay afloat for another 40 years or so.