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Obama to ease travel restrictions to Cuba, allow more U. S. cash to island
Miami Herald ^
| Lesley Clark
Posted on 01/14/2011 3:04:39 PM PST by Nachum
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration Friday said it will allow for more U.S. travel to Cuba, making it easier for schools, churches and cultural groups to visit the island. A senior Obama official told The Miami Herald the much-expected move to expand cultural, religious and educational travel to Cuba is part of the administration's continuing ``effort to support the Cuban people's desire to freely determine their own future. President Barack Obama is also restoring the amount of money ($2,000) that can be sent to nonfamily members to the level they were at during part of the Clinton and Bush administrations.
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TOPICS: Cuba; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ease; obama; restrictions; travel
O- bamaa is a Com-u-nist Doo-dah! Doo-dah!
Goonna slam the right
O-bamaa is a Com-u-nist, Castro says all right!
posted on 01/14/2011 3:04:43 PM PST
To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...
posted on 01/14/2011 3:05:36 PM PST
(The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
Oh, cool! Let’s bail them out, too. How about 500 billion for starters?
posted on 01/14/2011 3:10:53 PM PST
by Right Wing Assault
(Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
I know I am going to catch hell for asking this, but where in the Constitution does the government have the authority to limit my ability to travel in a foreign country.
Preemptive answers follow:
1) I have no desire to go to Cuba.
2) No I do not love Fidel.
3) I am not now, nor have I ever been a member of the communist party.
4) I just do not believe the government has this authority.
posted on 01/14/2011 3:12:36 PM PST
(Current count of friends/family who have abandoned Obama: 11)
Oh great all those so called laid off government workers have a place now to settle and wait to become citizens in the meantime vote, protest and collect benefits.
You can go to CUBA if you want now. you just cant get there through a US gateway. Americans go to cuba all the time through other countries like from Mexico city, other places in the Carribean, etc.
Who the hell wants to spend time in Cuber?
posted on 01/14/2011 3:31:57 PM PST
Also, just don't get a passport stamp if you travel on a US passport. Cuba immigration knows the drill for Americans. a wink and a nod. get it? as long as you're bringing dinero to spend almost anyone will look the other way. same goes for places like Lebanon, Venezuela, etc.
The official dismissed speculation that the administration delayed the changes until after the November election because Democrats in Florida feared it would hurt them among Cuban-American voters -- many of whom back tough sanctions against the Cuban regime. . Once again doing something against the will of the people! .......The White House said the changes do not require congressional approval and the changes will be published in the Federal Register.
posted on 01/14/2011 3:34:26 PM PST
Maybe Cuba can sell us some Gulf oil at sub $100 per barrel prices.
posted on 01/14/2011 3:36:04 PM PST
just don't get a passport stamp if you travel on a US passport.
Yes I am aware that I can fly to Mexico City or other locations then go to Cuba, but your comment above gets me back to the original question. If I decide to go to Cuba, and I do get my US passport stamped, by what Consitutional reasoning would I then be in violation of any US Law?
Mind you, I support a boycot of Cuba, I just do not agree that the government has the right to make that determination for me.
posted on 01/14/2011 3:39:07 PM PST
(Current count of friends/family who have abandoned Obama: 11)
The super pigs are lining up the choice opportunities for the redevelopment of Cuba
The Florida Cuban Republicans will be shut out in favor of New York Jews and Chicago thugss
posted on 01/14/2011 3:41:47 PM PST
(K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
The prohibition technically is on spending US dollars in Cuba. Having a stamped passport will get you interrogated and searched for that evidence.
posted on 01/14/2011 3:49:45 PM PST
I'm not an Attorney so i don't know for sure but I'm betting there's some US CFR in some rules governing the state dept. that addresses this. But even if there isn't it doesn't matter if you ends up in jail or detained and harassed by US immigration. But I agree with you. our federal govt shouldn't have a say.
I guess we will have a new entrance for terrorist to enter this country.
Oh good! Now we’ll bail out Cuba! Joy!! <—SARCASM
Not only do I support this, but I would support complete normalization with Cuber..
It would be the quickest way to full democracy and freedom for the people of that country.
posted on 01/14/2011 4:13:51 PM PST
(And when all is said and done, there'll be a hell of a lot more said than done......)
However you want to slice it, here’s the bottom line. Castro won. The Cuban people lost.
Our embargo may have served a purpose at one time, but that time is past. There’s really no point in doing anything other than going about our business with Cuba as though Castro’s no longer there. He got decades of tyranny, money and wealth, there’s nothing we can deny his senile old mind the sense of victory now.
There’s nothing to be done now than to look to the future. Seriously. What’s to be gained anymore by an embargo of Cuba?
posted on 01/14/2011 4:17:27 PM PST
by Steel Wolf
("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
posted on 01/14/2011 7:24:01 PM PST
The goal was not to subsidize Communism, but you knew that.
posted on 01/14/2011 9:33:37 PM PST
by Gene Eric
(Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
posted on 01/14/2011 9:35:24 PM PST
(TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
posted on 01/14/2011 10:35:01 PM PST
(Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
To: Steel Wolf
Theres nothing to be done now than to look to the future. Seriously. Whats to be gained anymore by an embargo of Cuba?
Votes in Florida is about it...
posted on 01/15/2011 5:39:39 AM PST
Great, now the US has just lost massive face to the Castro regime. The Chinese must be in shock since they have not given way to Tibet for about as long; this is like a Chinese president deciding to contact the Dalai Lama for negotiations on Tibetan independence.
posted on 01/15/2011 8:53:19 AM PST
(The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
I bet Cuba would be an interesting place to possible live after the commies are dead and gone.
posted on 01/15/2011 9:11:14 AM PST
The headline should read: Obama to ease travel restrictions to Cuba, allow more U.S. cash to fund Castro regime.
We know where all this new money will go, and so does the Obamanation. I can’t wait until 2012.
To: Pride in the USA
If John McCain can go to Vietnam and tell us we must forgive the past and develop relations with Vietnam, why not the same thing for Cuba? Just wondering.
posted on 01/15/2011 12:48:52 PM PST
posted on 01/15/2011 2:58:43 PM PST
President Barack Obama is also restoring the amount of money ($2,000) that can be sent to nonfamily members to the level they were at during part of the Clinton and Bush administrations.
LOL. Yeah. Just make sure you make the check out to Fidel Castro. He'll see that it gets to the intended recipient.
posted on 01/15/2011 4:20:30 PM PST
by Texas Eagle
(If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
I would support complete normalization with Cuber.. It would be the quickest way to full democracy and freedom for the people of that country.
Our embargo with Cuba has to be the only thing left keeping the Cuban communists on life support. Lift all restrictions, and the tidal wave of US dollars from across the straits will simply swamp the system. Folks will be so busy chasing all the money pouring in they won't have time to remember they are supposed to be Communists, and that will go for most of the enforcers there as well.
This situation hasn't made sense since the fall of the Berlin wall
No sarcasm intended - This is Obama's idea of Stimulus money for Cuba. The Cuban economy is in dire condition and US dollars will be a massive boost. See: Castro in State of Confusion
Aside from economic and/or political considerations, and the
fact that I disagree with Obama almost all of the time, I think it is time we allowed freer travel to Cuba. Who knows
it will probably hasten their acceptance of Democracy with all of it’s warts and baggage.
posted on 01/16/2011 5:41:50 AM PST
(If I were a Democrat I'd be pushing for the fairness doctrine too.)
Are you nuts??? All this will do is reinforce the treasury of the Cuban Communist Party.
Who knows it will probably hasten their acceptance of Democracy with all of its warts and baggage.
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