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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Don't ease the embargo against Cuba

The Broward Democrat opines in USA Today in opposition to easing sanctions against Cuba. 

"Declaring the embargo a failure and using it as justification to reopen trade and relations ignores the fact that the Cuban economy is on its knees," she writes. "The paltry changes we've seen (allowing Cubans to buy and sell some goods) have been necessitated by their economic crisis. Ending the embargo now not only ignores the atrocities perpetrated by the Castro regime, it also hands the Cuban government a huge financial boost at the exact moment they need and want it most."

The House Foreign Affairs committee is scheduled to take up a bill Wednesday that would ease travel restrictions to Cuba. Committee chairman Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has said he's unsure he has the votes; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, the top Republican on the committee, opposes it.

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Norman J Clement

This is crazy, I've been to Cuba and all the embargo has done has been to make Cubans healthier. Our so call embargo also includes all the fatty meat products and most of the non nutritious garbage we in America eat.
In Cuba they practice what we here preach in healthcare and most importantly what kills many Americans are the excesses in our diet(something only a few can get in Cuba and those Cubans are the most unhealthy ones found in their population).
Interestingly, because we've restricted petroleum products, Cubans are forced to walk and ride bicycles which further contributes to another healthy side effect, a reduction in an over weight population.
Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz, then again may possibly be right "don't ease the embargo." However, if I were a Cuban I would to dread the lifting of the 60 year embargo in fear of all the America saturated fats, high fructose corn syrup, and double cheese burgers or let say Viva la Big Macs and fries, Super size. Given the current state of affairs, Viva el Castro healthcare system sounds a lot better for now.

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