No 661    “En mi opinión”    Mayo 16, 2014

“IN GOD WE TRUST” Lázaro R González Miño Editor

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Amenper: LIBERTAD DE EXPRESIÓN

De todas los atributos de Dios, quizás el que más aprecio es la libertad, y por consecuencia la libertad de expresión. Simple y llanamente, por la falta de libertad de expresión me fui de Cuba, el negocio de la familia no había sido intervenido, en el 1960 había todavía los residuos de la economía de mercado y nunca sufrí otra escases que no fuera la escases de poderme expresar.

Por eso puedo detectar la supresión de la libertad de expresión cuando la veo, y no pueden hacerme cuentos de caminos.

El mes pasado la Universidad de Bandeis prohibió a la feminista Somalie Ayaan Hirsi Ali como disertante en la ceremonia de graduación porque las expresiones de Ms. Hirsi Ali tenian un record que violaba los “valores fundamentales” de la universidad.

¿Que hizo Ms. Hirsi Ali para violar los “valores fundamentales de Bandeis? Simplemente ha contado la historia de sus desgracias desde su niñez bajo el Islam en Somalia, las torturas, la opresión la vida denigrante de una mujer bajo el Islam.  ¿Cuales son entonces los “valores fundamentales ” de Bandeis? ¿Son apoyar la opresión de la mujer?

Pero Bandeis va más allá, tampoco permite que una persona que sea un fundamentalista cristiano presente una disertación de sus ideas.

Esto es algo que hace un rato largo que viene pasando, pero los colegios y universidades de Estados Unidos finalmente han caído en la locura de la corrección política socialista.

Sólo pueden hablar en las universidades los que tengan ideas “progresistas” léase comunistas, los otros son tratado como trataban a los heréticos de la inquisición, no tienen derechos son quemados en las hogueras de la censura.

Estamos leyendo en el Wall Street Journal que esta semana la inquisición ritualistica se extendió a dos ceremonias de graduación en Smith College y Haverfordo College.

El lunes, Smith anunció la cancelación del discurso de Christine Lagarde, la jefa francés del Fondo Monetario Internacional. ¿Y cuál podría ser el problema con la señora Lagarde, considerada una de las mujeres más exitosos del mundo? Una petición en línea firmada por unos 480 dijo que el FMI  ofende a los Smithies porque se asocia con “sistemas imperialistas y patriarcales que oprimen y maltratan a las mujeres en todo el mundo.” Con ironía francesa inconfundible, la Sra. Lagarde retiró su presencia “para preservar el espíritu de celebración” del la graduación de Smith College..

Birgeneau de Berkeley Sr. Birgeneau es famoso por ser un ardiente defensor de los estudiantes de minorías, la comunidad LGBT y los inmigrantes ilegales indocumentados. ¿Qué podría estar mal con este tipo hablando en Haverford??? Haverfordians estaban molestos de que en 2011 la policía de Berkeley utilizaron “la fuerza” contra los manifestantes de Occupy en Sproul Plaza. Dijeron que el Sr. Birgeneau podía hablar en Haverford si aceptaba nueve condiciones, incluyendo su apoyo a la reparación de las víctimas de la violencia de Berkeley.

En una carta, el Sr. Birgeneau respondió: “Como activista de los derechos civiles de toda la vida y firme partidario de la no violencia, no respondo a los ataques verbales falsos y violentos.”

Presidente Smith Kathleen McCartney se sintió obligado a afirmar que ella está “comprometido a liderar un colegio donde los diferentes puntos de vista pueden ser escuchadas y debatidas con respeto.” Y el presidente del Haverford, Daniel Weiss, escribió a los estudiantes que sus demandas “leen más como un jurado emitiendo un veredicto que como una invitación a una discusión o una solicitud para el aprendizaje compartido.”

Hace años, cuando la izquierda académica comenzó a condenar al ostracismo a los profesores identificados como ” conservador”, los administradores universitarios hicieron a un lado o eran cómplices . La izquierda académica adoptó una noción desposada en aquel entonces por una ” nueva izquierda ” . No recuerdo el nombre, pero recuerdo que un filósofo alemán que enseñó en Brandeis , no por casualidad –  dijo que muchas ideas conservadoras eran inmorales y merecían ser suprimida.

No puedo entender este concepto que la supresión de ideas, que la supresión de la libertad de expresión a todos quepa en el siglo XXI en una universidad.

Este rechazo y el aislamiento de los docentes “conservadores ” por sus colegas de izquierda (con muchos liberales silenciosos en señal de conformidad ) debilitaron las ideas fundacionales de American universidades – la libertad de investigación y de los derechos de expresión de la Primera Enmienda.

No importa . Rectores de universidades , decanos, jefes de departamento y los consejos de administración , vistos o aprobaron la erosión de su marco intelectual original . La capacidad de los profesores agraviados y sus alumnos para confeccionar comportamiento, ideas y palabras que violaban la corrección política se puso tan descabellado que la frase en sí se convirtió satírico – aunque no tan gracioso para profes negado la tenencia bajo sospecha de incorrección . Libros ofensivas fueron prohibidas y los textos de historia reescritos para conformarse.

Uno podría concluir : A quién le importa ? Los padres están empezando a ver que esto es una estafa los 65.000 dólares al año que suponían que sería el salario inicial de sus hijos si se graduaban de una universidad de renombre, ya no existe en una economía que quiere habilidades de cuantificación . Los padres y los estudiantes cada vez huirán los politizados chiflados inscribiendo a sus hijos en escuelas técnicas o MOOC (Curson en linea) o las pocas universidades que se mantienen apolíticas para recibir una educación apolítica. .

Aún así, es una tragedia. Los locos están convirtiendo en la cara pública de algunas universidades una vez reverenciados –

 

 

McCain: ‘People Should be Going to Jail’ in VA Scandal. By Greg Richter

Sen. John McCain says it matters whether Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns over the waiting list scandal, but, he adds, there is a bigger issue.
“If these allegations are true people should be going to jail, not just resigning their positions,” the Arizona Republican said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s 
“On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” 
Shinseki is under fire because of multiple allegations across the country of VA hospitals creating off-the-books waiting lists for veterans to hide the fact that doctors weren’t seeing patients for weeks or months past the 14-day guideline.
Shinseki 
testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee earlier Thursday, saying he is “mad as hell” over 40 critically ill veterans who died awaiting treatment.
McCain was unimpressed.
“If he doesn’t give a better answer, then I’m not sure how he wouldn’t have to do anything but resign,” he told Van Susteren. He added that he believes the matter eventually will be taken up by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Story continues below the video.
Holder said on Wednesday his office has no plans to probe the VA, and is awaiting an inspector general’s report.
“This is shameful under any circumstances,” McCain said. “It is 10 times more shameful because it’s being done to the men and women who have put their lives on the line for us.” http://www.newsmax.com/NewsmaxTv/eric-shinseki-veterans-scandal-jail/2014/05/15/id/571642/?ns_mail_uid=19554269&ns_mail_job=1569413_05162014&promo_code=xl3wuhze

 

 

 

 

ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ: ESTO ES INCREIBLE Y NO SE DEBE DEJAR QUE PASE…

LA GENTE ESTA INDIGNADA COMO DEBE SER Y SE NOTA EN SUS COMENTARIOS, QUE DEBERIAMOS HACER LLEGAR AL CONGRESO. ADEMAS ESA ES OTRA PRUEBA MAS DE LA COMPOSICION DE MUCHOS DE LOS  ILEGALES QUE CRUZAN

LA FRONTERA SIN NINGUN TIPO DE SUPERVISION Y LA TREMENDA PROPAGANDA QUE EXISTE EN FAVOR DE LA LEGALIZACION MASIVA DE ESTOS  QUE TRAERIA UNA DESTRUCCION SOCIAL Y ECONOMICA A ESTE PAIS  Y QUE NI LOS POLITICOS, NI LOS MEDIOS DE PRENSA SE ATREVEN A CO-

MENTAR POR TEMOR DE PERDER EL VOTO  DE LOS INMIGRANTES EN PERJUICIO DE PERDER SU PROPIO PAIS, COMO YA LO ESTAN PERDIENDO,            

POR COBARDIA Y FALTA DE PATRIOTISMO.

Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts

(Washington Times) – Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics detailing all of the criminal convictions of the more than 36,000 immigrants released from custody last year.

The numbers show that the criminals released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had amassed more than 15,000 drunken-driving convictions, 1,317 domestic violence convictions and even four that the statistics listed as “treason, sabotage.” There were also convictions for homicide, another 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 convictions of voluntary manslaughter and one classified as “homicide-willful kill-public official-gun.”

The immigrants were in deportation proceedings, meaning ICE was trying to remove them from the country and could have held them in detention, but released them anyway, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which obtained the numbers and published a report Monday morning. The Washington Times also obtained the statistics.

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Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the center, said the numbers undercut the Obama administration’s own argument that it’s trying to keep its enforcement efforts targeted at dangerous criminals.

“We keep hearing from the administration that they are focused like a laser on enforcement against the worst of the worst, convicted criminals, as their top priority. On the other hand, they are releasing, at a rate of about 100 a day, aliens from their custody with criminal convictions, and many of them are serious criminal convictions,” she said.

ICE didn’t respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

Some of the immigrants were likely released in response to an old court decision that said if a home country won’t take immigrants back, the U.S. must release them. But Ms. Vaughan said most were likely released on the decision of ICE officials. They are supposed to be subjected to other methods such as monitoring, bond or their own recognizance.

The details on criminals released comes even as ICE has told Congress it doesn’t need to hold as many immigrants in detention. In its budget request this year, ICE asked that Congress only fund slightly more than 30,500 detention beds a day, or down from the 34,000 set in current law.

“This funding level of beds will allow ICE to detain the current mandatory population, as well as the higher-risk, non-mandatory detainees,” ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale testified in March.

But Ms. Vaughan said that rings hollow if the administration is already releasing murderers and other serious criminals even with 34,000 detention beds.

The 36,007 criminal aliens counted in the data had more than 87,000 convictions among them: 9,187 convictions for what ICE labeled “dangerous drugs,” 2,691 assault convictions, 1,724 weapons offenses and even 303 convictions for “fight escape” — a category that would seem to make them bad candidates for being released back into the country. There were 647 convictions of traffic hit-and-run, 426 sexual assaults, 727 other sex-crimes convictions and 228 kidnapping convictions.

The immigrants are in addition to the 68,000 other immigrants that ICE officers came across but didn’t put into deportation proceedings.

Last year, ICE came under fire for releasing thousands of immigrants and blaming it on the sequester budget cuts. Among those released were 622 criminals — including 24 with repeated major felony convictions so bad that the administration had to go recapture them.

Officials later said it wasn’t the sequester, but rather the regular budget process that caused them to have to release the immigrants. They said they’d been running above the 34,000 detention level for too long and would have had to cut detention to average out the numbers.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/12/feds-released-hundreds-immigrant-murderers-drunken/

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Obama Caught Helping Illegals To Kill Americans
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ICE Ordered to Stay Silent on Release of 36,000 Criminal Illegal Aliens
http://www.alipac.us/ice-ordered-stay-silent-release-36-000-criminal-illegal-immigrants-2902/

Lamar Smith Calls ICE Release of 36,000 Criminal Illegals a President-Sanctioned Prison Break
http://www.alipac.us/lamar-smith-calls-ice-release-36-000-criminal-immigrants-president-sanctioned-pr-2901/

GOP Reps: ICE Release of Illegal Immigrant Criminals ‘Incredibly Alarming,’ Hearing Planned
http://www.alipac.us/gop-reps-ice-release-immigrant-criminals-incredibly-alarming-hearing-planned-2899/

ICE Doc Details 36,000 Criminal Aliens Released in 2013
http://www.alipac.us/ice-released-murder-sexual-assault-kidnapping-convicts-2013-2898/
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http://www.newsmax.com/NewsmaxTv/eric-shinseki-veterans-scandal-jail/2014/05/15/id/571642/?ns_mail_uid=19554269&ns_mail_job=1569413_05162014&promo_code=xl3wuhze

 

Scandalous: New Seedy Details of IRS Scandal Just Revealed, Obama Admin Working Behind the Scenes with Lerner

By GJWHG /

Could the IRS do anything to make itself more unpopular? Apparently, things are far from over with the agency’s targeting of conservative political groups.

Emails obtained by Judicial Watch and released yesterday indicate that the Obama administration lied when it tried to pin the scandal on IRS employees in an Ohio branch office. In fact, the Washington, D.C., office of the IRS was coordinating with the employees to hold up tea party groups’ applications for nonprofit status and subject them to extra scrutiny.

At the heart of the controversy is Lois Lerner, who was head of the division that approved nonprofit applications at the time.

“This latest revelation by Judicial Watch showing that the IRS targeting of conservative organizations was being run by its Washington office demonstrates that the House acted correctly when it held Lois Lerner in contempt,” said Heritage legal expert Hans von Spakovsky.

The House voted last week to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the IRS scandal. But it’s up to Attorney General Eric Holder to take any action – the first step of which would be forcing her to testify – and that hasn’t happened.

Von Spakovsky said:

Lerner claimed that this problem originated in the Cincinnati office of the IRS, so it is pretty clear she was misleading the public and congressional investigators. The contempt citation needs to be enforced and if the Justice Department refuses to do so, it will be another example of unethical behavior by a law enforcement agency that has repeatedly failed to adhere to its duty to enforce the law on an objective, nonpartisan basis.In other words, the odds aren’t great that Lerner will face real consequences. Read more at http://girlsjustwannahaveguns.com/2014/05/scandalous-new-seedy-details-irs-scandal-just-revealed-obama-admin-working-behind-scenes-lerner/#dXMPvr9cD9QxGJmi.99

 

SAMITIER: Increible… Pero Cierto…

Las Empresas MILLONARIAS Son  Las Primeras En Ser “PRECIONADAS” Por El Gobierno A Reconocer… Los Musulmanes y Dar Mayor Participacion De Su Porcentaje  A Los Negros…

Esta Es Una Politica Oficial DESCRIMINATORIA Contra Los Blancos… 

Asi Vemos Diariamente En la TV Mas Anuncios Hechos Por Modelos Negros y Hasta El New York Time A Nombrado Un Negro Director…  

Home Depot SUCUMBIO Primero a Los Homosexuales

Y Ahora A Los Musulmanes… Aqui Tienen La Noticia…  

Home Depot Rolls out the carpet for Sharia Law. Posted on 13 May, 2014 by AmyElizabeth

By Amy Elizabeth

A Home Depot in Dearborn MI was the latest victim succumbing to the demands of an organization that shouldn’t be in existence in the United States of America. An American company the home depot gets over powered by the Muslim Brotherhood terror linked organization CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) has cast. The employees will be subjected to cultural awareness training. The CAIR states this will help them accommodate the religious sensitivities of the Muslim employees and customers. Corporate and Managers gain a better understanding of Muslims and are taught Islam.

http://gopthedailydose.com/2014/05/13/home-depot-rolls-carpet-sharia-law/

 

 

AMENPER: Puerto Rico, ¿Independencia o Dependencia?

No creo que ni Betances ni Muñoz Rivera estarían contentos con el estado actual de Puerto Rico.  Los dos próceres tenían una visión diferente sobre el futuro de la nación. Pero ambos amaban profundamente a su patria y querían lo que consideraban que era lo mejor para ella. Ninguno de los dos puso sus ambiciones personales por encima de la patria.

Prevaleció Muñoz Rivera, y personalmente creo que el Estado Libre Asociado es una condición que ha sido mejor para Puerto Rico que la independencia o que la estatidad.

Pero lo que no creo que hubieran querido ni Betances ni Muñoz Rivera es un estado que ha evolucionado a una dependencia total del gobierno federal de Estados Unidos con sus políticas socializantes que los ha convertidos en cada día más  dependiente y menos independiente de los Estados Unidos.

La libertad que ofrecía el Estado Libre Asociado ha desaparecido con la dependencia de los beneficios y el “mantengo” que han socializado a la isla. Se pudiera cambiar el nombre a Estado Licencioso Agregado.   Así le quedarían aunque sea las siglas de ELA, y seguirían agregados pero con las siglas que fueron el sueño de Muñoz Rivera.

El socialismo nunca es la respuesta, la dependencia de un estado paternalista nunca es bueno para una nación.  Pero cuando el estado paternalista depende para mantener su condición de una nación extranjera, la situación es todavía más denigrante.

Lo aberrante de esta situación, es que los que dicen que quieren la independencia para Puerto Rico, son los que más usan y abusan el estado de dependencia y los sucesores de Muñoz Rivera y Muñoz Marín, también proponen la dependencia a nombre del bienestar social..

Puerto Rico debe de ser independiente, pero no con una independencia como la que piden los independentistas que la convertiría en una nación del tercer mundo.  Puerto Rico puede ser independiente económicamente si se mantiene una economía de libre mercado dentro del Estado Libre Asociado. Eso era lo que soñaba Muñoz Rivera, y todavía Puerto Rico puede hacerlo, si no hace caso a los vientos socialistas que ahora soplan también del norte.

 

 

What Trey Gowdy Says At The End Of This Interview Should Shock Every American…

He doesn’t even seem to want to say it, but he does. PATRICK BROWN —

Jake Tapper of CNN’s “The Lead” had Rep. Trey Gowdy on to talk about the Benghazi investigation try to poke holes in any Benghazi investigation.

Tapper played video of the former deputy director of the CIA, Michael Morrell, testifying that the CIA did believe that the video could be involved.  He obviously thought that this negated any need for an investigation by Trey Gowdy and the special committee and proceeded to ask Gowdy to comment on the CIA director’s comments.

Trey Gowdy has a great response. But what he says at the end should shock every American. If its truly this bad, then this investigation is going to bring a lot of people down.


Read more at 
http://www.westernjournalism.com/watch-trey-gowdy-easily-respond-reporters-question-says-end-shock-every-american/#DZHAhYvYuF2I4mfk.99

 

 

“OPERACION AMERICAN SPRING”

WE THE PEOPLE COMING TO WASHINGTON TODAY

Today Is Marching On Washington To Remove Obama From Office B. CHRISTOPHER AGEE 

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it…
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/millions-expected-coinciding-protests-d-c-bunkerville/#5LzZPLhjoiqdhG4f.99

Operation American Spring: Militias promise to oust Obama, Boehner, top officials this Friday

A retired United States Army colonel expects as many as 30 million like-minded individuals will descend on Washington, DC this week and demand that President Barack Obama and other members of his administration be booted from office.

Those are just some of the demands that Col. Harry Riley, founder of “Operation American Spring,” said he’ll ask the Obama administration to adhere to when militia members and patriots of all sorts arrive in the nation’s capital on Friday and begin demonstrating against a government the group considers to be in violation of the principles established by the founders of the country. 
“We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,” Riley told the 
Before Its Newswebsite during an interview earlier this year. 
“They have all abandoned the US Constitution,” he said, and “are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.” 
Riley told Before Its News in January that he expects his Operation American Spring movement will provoke anywhere from 10 million to 30 million Americans to mobilize this week and arrive in DC, where they will participate in a “massive, gigantic effort as a last stand before America moves into a more devastating condition.” 
“For more than five years, ‘we the people’ have been writing, calling, faxing Congress, the media, screaming in town halls, marching, rallying, demonstrating, petitioning, all to no avail,” he said. “Every branch of government looks at ‘we the people’ whom they have taken an oath to serve, as ‘pests,’ interfering with their political agenda, cramping their self-serving, greedy agendas. We have no faith in the ballot box any longer, as many believe this sacred secret box has been compromised.” 
To bring about that change, Riley says he hopes his group succeeds at shutting down the federal government. Whether or not all 29,999,999 of his compatriots will follow through, however, remains yet to be seen — a similar protest against Pres. Obama’s administration arranged last year by a fleet of truck drivers fell well short of making the dent that that group hoped to make. 
“Last October,‘10,000’ truckers were reportedly on their way to literally clog the Beltway and shut down traffic in protest of Washington politics,” Abby Ohlhiser wrote for 
The Wire on Thursday this week. “In reality, about 30 truckers showed up, and they caused no delays worth mentioning.” 
Should Riley succeed in wrangling up 30 million Americans, Ohlhiser added, then he’ll have garnered the support of around one-tenth of the US population. 
And though that goal — or the substantially smaller 10 million figure — is unlikely to be met, some individuals are already claiming on the official Operation American Spring forums to have arrived in the DC area ahead of Friday’s planned demonstration: on Thursday morning, one member of the message board 
wrote that his truck had already finished the 2,750 mile haul to the DC region in around 50.5 hours and had set up a base at a compound 27 miles outside of the city in rural Virginia. 
“Camp is up and we have been meeting the other state camps. Good solid folks all the way around,” he wrote in another post. 
According to other posts on the page, fellow Operation American Spring participants 
planned to meet at Arlington National Cemetery a stone’s throw from the District of Columbia on Friday morning, then march to the capital and stay there for days. Others on the forum have been attempting to arrange travel accommodations from as far away as Tucson, Arizona, Des Moines, Iowa and southeast Texas, and have been debating on the website where to camp in the DC area or whether or not to bring firearms along for the ride. 
On a separate page linked from the forums, Col. Reid 
wrote that “One million or more of the assembled 10 million must be prepared to stay in DC as long as it takes to see Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi and Attorney General Holder removed from office.” 
“We must appeal to ten million and more American patriots to come and stay in Washington, DC to stop the White House and Congress from total destruction of the United States. It’s now or never. God help us,”
he wrote.

 

 

JORGE A VILLALON: May 15, 2014

The Cuba that the tourists do not see

Silvio Canto, Jr.

We wrote last year about JZ going to Cuba and walking around with a cigar and a Che shirt.  It was disgusting.

Michael J Totten has just written an article that every tourist to Castro’s Cuba should read.  It makes points worth sharing with all AT readers: Cuba’s two economies. It is the Cuba that the tourists do not see:

“Outside its small tourist sector, the rest of the city looks as though it suffered a catastrophe on the scale of Hurricane Katrina or the Indonesian tsunami. Roofs have collapsed. Walls are splitting apart. Window glass is missing. Paint has long vanished. It’s eerily dark at night, almost entirely free of automobile traffic. I walked for miles through an enormous swath of destruction without seeing a single tourist. Most foreigners don’t know that this other Havana exists, though it makes up most of the city—tourist buses avoid it, as do taxis arriving from the airport. It is filled with people struggling to eke out a life in the ruins.”

A friend in Dallas went to Cuba 3 years ago and told me the same thing.

His next point is one that I’ve heard from my parents and those who lived in pre-Castro Cuba:

“Cuba was one of the world’s richest countries before Castro destroyed it—and the wealth wasn’t just in the hands of a tiny elite. “Contrary to the myth spread by the revolution,” wrote Alfred Cuzan, a professor of political science at the University of West Florida, “Cuba’s wealth before 1959 was not the purview of a privileged few. . . . Cuban society was as much of a middle-class society as Argentina and Chile.” In 1958, Cuba had a higher per-capita income than much of Europe. “More Americans lived in Cuba prior to Castro than Cubans lived in the United States,” Cuban exile Humberto Fontova, author of a series of books about Castro and Guevara, tells me. “This was at a time when Cubans were perfectly free to leave the country with all their property. In the 1940s and 1950s, my parents could get a visa for the United States just by asking. They visited the United States and voluntarily returned to Cuba. More Cubans vacationed in the U.S. in 1955 than Americans vacationed in Cuba. Americans considered Cuba a tourist playground, but even more Cubans considered the U.S. a tourist playground.” Havana was home to a lot of that prosperity, as is evident in the extraordinary classical European architecture that still fills the city. Poor nations do not—cannot—build such grand or elegant cities.    

But rather than raise the poor up, Castro and Guevara shoved the rich and the middle class down. The result was collapse. “Between 1960 and 1976,” Cuzan says, “Cuba’s per capita GNP in constant dollars declined at an average annual rate of almost half a percent. The country thus has the tragic distinction of being the only one in Latin America to have experienced a drop in living standards over the period.””

Then there is something that Michael Moore did not understand:

“As for the free health care, patients have to bring their own medicine, their own bed sheets, and even their own iodine to the hospital. Most of these items are available only on the illegal black market, moreover, and must be paid for in hard currency—and sometimes they’re not available at all. Cuba has sent so many doctors abroad—especially to Venezuela, in exchange for oil—that the island is now facing a personnel shortage. “I don’t want to say there are no doctors left,” says an American man who married a Cuban woman and has been back dozens of times, “but the island is now almost empty. I saw a banner once, hanging from somebody’s balcony, that said, DO I NEED TO GO TO VENEZUELA FOR MY HEADACHE?””

What happens when you open a business in Cuba?   The answer is that you are participating in the exploitation of Cuban workers:

“The government contracts with Spanish companies such as Meliá International to manage Havana’s hotels. Before accepting its contract, Meliá said that it wanted to pay workers a decent wage. The Cuban government said fine, so the company pays $8–$10 an hour. But Meliá doesn’t pay its employees directly. Instead, the firm gives the compensation to the government, which then pays the workers—but only after pocketing most of the money. I asked several Cubans in my hotel if that arrangement is really true. All confirmed that it is. The workers don’t get $8–$10 an hour; they get 67 cents a day—a child’s allowance.”

A workers’ paradise?   I don’t think so.

Finally, Cuba has two economies, one for the elites and one for the rest of Cubans:

“Cuba has two economies now: the national Communist economy for the majority; and a quasi-capitalist one for foreigners and the elite. Each has its own currency: the Communist economy uses the Cuban peso, and the capitalist bubble uses the convertible peso. Cuban pesos are worth nothing. They can’t be converted to dollars or euros. Foreigners can’t even spend them in Cuba. The convertible pesos are pegged to the U.S. dollar, but banks and hotels pay only 87 Cuban cents for each one—the government takes 13 percent off the top. The rigged exchange rate is an easy way to shake down foreigners without most noticing. It also enables the state to drain Cuban exiles. A million Cuban-Americans live in south Florida, and another half-million live elsewhere in the United States. They send hundreds of millions of dollars a year to family members still on the island. The government gets its 13 percent instantaneously and most of the remaining 87 percent later because almost every place that someone can spend the money is owned by the state.”

I don’t like to tell people where to go for vacation.  However, it would help the Cuban people if you would stay away from Cuba and tell your congressman to keep the embargo in place.  

Bringing the Castro communist dictatorship down is the best thing you can do for the people of the island.

P. S. You can hear my chat with Brian Lloyd French, Canadian author, about understanding Cuba & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.

We wrote last year about JZ going to Cuba and walking around with a cigar and a Che shirt.  It was disgusting.

Michael J Totten has just written an article that every tourist to Castro’s Cuba should read.  It makes points worth sharing with all AT readers: Cuba’s two economies. It is the Cuba that the tourists do not see:

“Outside its small tourist sector, the rest of the city looks as though it suffered a catastrophe on the scale of Hurricane Katrina or the Indonesian tsunami. Roofs have collapsed. Walls are splitting apart. Window glass is missing. Paint has long vanished. It’s eerily dark at night, almost entirely free of automobile traffic. I walked for miles through an enormous swath of destruction without seeing a single tourist. Most foreigners don’t know that this other Havana exists, though it makes up most of the city—tourist buses avoid it, as do taxis arriving from the airport. It is filled with people struggling to eke out a life in the ruins.”

A friend in Dallas went to Cuba 3 years ago and told me the same thing.

His next point is one that I’ve heard from my parents and those who lived in pre-Castro Cuba:

“Cuba was one of the world’s richest countries before Castro destroyed it—and the wealth wasn’t just in the hands of a tiny elite. “Contrary to the myth spread by the revolution,” wrote Alfred Cuzan, a professor of political science at the University of West Florida, “Cuba’s wealth before 1959 was not the purview of a privileged few. . . . Cuban society was as much of a middle-class society as Argentina and Chile.” In 1958, Cuba had a higher per-capita income than much of Europe. “More Americans lived in Cuba prior to Castro than Cubans lived in the United States,” Cuban exile Humberto Fontova, author of a series of books about Castro and Guevara, tells me. “This was at a time when Cubans were perfectly free to leave the country with all their property. In the 1940s and 1950s, my parents could get a visa for the United States just by asking. They visited the United States and voluntarily returned to Cuba. More Cubans vacationed in the U.S. in 1955 than Americans vacationed in Cuba. Americans considered Cuba a tourist playground, but even more Cubans considered the U.S. a tourist playground.” Havana was home to a lot of that prosperity, as is evident in the extraordinary classical European architecture that still fills the city. Poor nations do not—cannot—build such grand or elegant cities.    

But rather than raise the poor up, Castro and Guevara shoved the rich and the middle class down. The result was collapse. “Between 1960 and 1976,” Cuzan says, “Cuba’s per capita GNP in constant dollars declined at an average annual rate of almost half a percent. The country thus has the tragic distinction of being the only one in Latin America to have experienced a drop in living standards over the period.””

Then there is something that Michael Moore did not understand:

“As for the free health care, patients have to bring their own medicine, their own bed sheets, and even their own iodine to the hospital. Most of these items are available only on the illegal black market, moreover, and must be paid for in hard currency—and sometimes they’re not available at all. Cuba has sent so many doctors abroad—especially to Venezuela, in exchange for oil—that the island is now facing a personnel shortage. “I don’t want to say there are no doctors left,” says an American man who married a Cuban woman and has been back dozens of times, “but the island is now almost empty. I saw a banner once, hanging from somebody’s balcony, that said, DO I NEED TO GO TO VENEZUELA FOR MY HEADACHE?””

What happens when you open a business in Cuba?   The answer is that you are participating in the exploitation of Cuban workers:

“The government contracts with Spanish companies such as Meliá International to manage Havana’s hotels. Before accepting its contract, Meliá said that it wanted to pay workers a decent wage. The Cuban government said fine, so the company pays $8–$10 an hour. But Meliá doesn’t pay its employees directly. Instead, the firm gives the compensation to the government, which then pays the workers—but only after pocketing most of the money. I asked several Cubans in my hotel if that arrangement is really true. All confirmed that it is. The workers don’t get $8–$10 an hour; they get 67 cents a day—a child’s allowance.”

A workers’ paradise?   I don’t think so.

Finally, Cuba has two economies, one for the elites and one for the rest of Cubans:

“Cuba has two economies now: the national Communist economy for the majority; and a quasi-capitalist one for foreigners and the elite. Each has its own currency: the Communist economy uses the Cuban peso, and the capitalist bubble uses the convertible peso. Cuban pesos are worth nothing. They can’t be converted to dollars or euros. Foreigners can’t even spend them in Cuba. The convertible pesos are pegged to the U.S. dollar, but banks and hotels pay only 87 Cuban cents for each one—the government takes 13 percent off the top. The rigged exchange rate is an easy way to shake down foreigners without most noticing. It also enables the state to drain Cuban exiles. A million Cuban-Americans live in south Florida, and another half-million live elsewhere in the United States. They send hundreds of millions of dollars a year to family members still on the island. The government gets its 13 percent instantaneously and most of the remaining 87 percent later because almost every place that someone can spend the money is owned by the state.”

I don’t like to tell people where to go for vacation.  However, it would help the Cuban people if you would stay away from Cuba and tell your congressman to keep the embargo in place.  

Bringing the Castro communist dictatorship down is the best thing you can do for the people of the island.

P. S. You can hear my chat with Brian Lloyd French, Canadian author, about understanding Cuba & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.

 

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