President Barack Obama directed his administration Monday to allow unlimited travel and money transfers by Cuban Americans to family in Cuba, and to take other steps to ease U.S. restrictions on the island, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.
Just like tens-of-billions that get transferred out of the US to Mexico by the 12MM illegal-aliens the U.S. plays "host" to every year - money going 'out' to Cuba, won't be coming back.
- there's no "exchange for goods/services"
- it's just money leaving our economy
- it will be spent in Cuba, and eventually find it's way out to countries that trade with Cuba.
But this move (like nearly every other in recent history) isn't being made with the interests of the U.S. in mind...
With the changes, Obama aims to lessen Cubans' dependence on the Castro regime, hoping that will lead them to demand progress on political freedoms, the official said. About 1.5 million Americans have relatives in Cuba.
And here we see another example of Obama's view on the effect of hand-outs on a given populace:
The idea that if you make people's lives more comfortable without requiring effort on their part, it will motivate them to Change those lives - in a way that frustation at grinding governmental oppression never could.
...because that's the lesson we take from history, after all. (um,...no, wait)
This rather momentous change in U.S. policy (masked most recently by 24-hour-piracy-speculation "news") comes on the tail of the recent visit to Cuba by members of the "Congressional Black Caucus".
(must... resist... mentioning... obvious...racist...overtones)
I admit to being dumbfounded by that visit - wondering what rationalization they used to justify even making American taxpayers foot the bill for their vacation-to-Cuba in the first place.
I mean, what could a group from the Congressional Progressive Caucus (of which the Congressional Black Caucus are also members) hope to accomplish by slavishly heaping praise onto the country and government of Cuba?
Seriously - given that the CPC (and, by extension, the CBC) is really just the Partnership-Arm of the Democratic Socialists of America within our government, wouldn't the whole exercise just be akin to the 'Pot' complimenting the 'Kettle' on it's choice of attire - little-sound and no-fury signifying an obvious point of redundancy?
But now I see.
These 'Congressmen' - nominally, our political "Leaders" ...
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
...have returned, painting a glowing picture of the 'freedom' and 'openness' they experienced in Castro's Cuba.
They've lent their congressional "credentials" - their pre-emptive stamp-of-approval to Obama's latest 180-degree-policy-change concerning the tiny Communist Dictatorship, assuring anyone who will listen that it's really a place like any other where the people are free to move/speak/worship as they will,
...and all they need is a U.S.-originating flow of money to make their lives (under their current form of government) more comfortable.
Because - if you want a people to throw off the yoke of Communist oppression and demand Freedom - from which they might make of their lives something which they are currently unable to achieve...
... the first steps are to present their situation as 'more mainstream' and then make them 'more comfortable' right where they are.