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Old 05-03-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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If you lived in South Florida you wouldn't have to ask that question.

Perhaps reading a bit of history about the Cuban American power base in South Florida, as well as the New Jersey area, and the Cuban American National Foundation before its leader, Jorge Mas Canosa, died would give you a better understanding of WHY Cuban Americans have been so powerful in this country, therefore, the "wet foot dry foot" policy.

A very good read about all these issues is a book entitled Cuba Confidential written by Anne Bardach. The book was published AFTER the death of Jorge Mas Canosa, who passed away in 1997. It's an interesting and eye-opening read about the politics of Miami!
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:04 PM
 
Location: The Shires
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Haiti did it to themselves. The other half of the Island seems to be just fine.
Well, based on that argument, so did Cuba. Who VOTED for Castro in the first place? I mean...those people went from one idiot (Batista) to another (Castro).
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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If you lived in South Florida you wouldn't have to ask that question.

Perhaps reading a bit of history about the Cuban American power base in South Florida, as well as the New Jersey area, and the Cuban American National Foundation before its leader, Jorge Mas Canosa, died would give you a better understanding of WHY Cuban Americans have been so powerful in this country, therefore, the "wet foot dry foot" policy.

A very good read about all these issues is a book entitled Cuba Confidential written by Anne Bardach. The book was published AFTER the death of Jorge Mas Canosa, who passed away in 1997. It's an interesting and eye-opening read about the politics of Miami!
Add to that, the politics of Miami are probably the most corrupt politics in the United States. Most politicians are self-serving a-*holes, but the Miami politicians take that 10 stages further (whether Republican or Democrat, because I'm not being partisan in any way here).
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Pa
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Well, based on that argument, so did Cuba. Who VOTED for Castro in the first place? I mean...those people went from one idiot (Batista) to another (Castro).
No what I mean is simple. They did it to themselves and we owe them nothing...
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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No what I mean is simple. They did it to themselves and we owe them nothing...
Of course, both nations did....but to turn one group of people away, while another group is allowed a free pass is just wrong.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:15 AM
 
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BCreass: The peasantry HATED Batista, while Batista had the support of the upper classes. Castro's revolution forced out Batista; there was no vote. Then Castro himself clamped down on free speech and began to take private property.

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Well, based on that argument, so did Cuba. Who VOTED for Castro in the first place? I mean...those people went from one idiot (Batista) to another (Castro).
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:06 AM
 
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Of course, both nations did....but to turn one group of people away, while another group is allowed a free pass is just wrong.
I agree ,However should we open our borders to every hard luck country in the world?
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:08 AM
 
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BCreass: The peasantry HATED Batista, while Batista had the support of the upper classes. Castro's revolution forced out Batista; there was no vote. Then Castro himself clamped down on free speech and began to take private property.
Agreed and exactly correct. That does not mean however that we should not re-evaluate the wet foot dry foot policies concerning Cuba. Nearly 50 years of communist rule have past and no change. One might say that the majority of cubans are content with their country.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:10 AM
 
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Agreed and exactly correct. That does not mean however that we should not re-evaluate the wet foot dry foot policies concerning Cuba. Nearly 50 years of communist rule have past and no change. One might say that the majority of cubans are content with their country.
We'll probably have to wait until the anti-Fidelistas grow old and die, or until both of the Castro brothers are dead. A lot of the antagonist feelings between the two sides will go when people simply start dropping dead.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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Haiti did it to themselves. The other half of the Island seems to be just fine.

No, and no.
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