FIRST, let me state unequivocally up front, because I know this will alienate: I can’t hear the word “Cuba” and not hear the stilted Bastin lingo of perfumed Northeast Leftists mispronouncing the country. When I hear Boston, New York or New Jersey accents I can’t help but think of loud, overbearing and ill-educated public school masses queued up like herring up public transportation. My bad.
That said, here is just the beginning of Mr Obama’s Legacy:
by Frances Martel
In an official announcement in state newspaper Granma, government officials announced a system in which employees who work for corporations with foreign capital will be paid two Cuban Pesos for every Convertible Cuban Peso (CUC) the corporation actually pays them. The Convertible Peso (CUP) is almost exclusively for the use of tourists and is of significantly greater value; one CUC is the equivalent of an American dollar and the equivalent of 26.5 CUPs. The other 24 CUPs Cuban workers will not receive amount to 92% of their salaries.
The payment will now be agreed to with businesses possessing foreign capital taking into consideration the salaries issued to workers in jobs of similar complexity in entities in the same area or sector of our geographic area, the salary scale that is applied in the country (as a reference point) and some additional payments for the corresponding law.
In other words, even if a foreign company has the means to pay more than a Cuban company, the worker will receive the same salary as if he were working for a Cuban company, and the government will pocket the rest.
Mr Obama may “feel” (and I use that word embracingly as a Leftist must necessarily do) as though he has actually notched an accomplishment for civil rights and the freedoms of workers everywhere, in fact Mr Obama has truly continued to push the governmental yoke of dependence upon the residents of Cubar whilst, simultaneously, enriching the coffers of its Communist Leaders.
Think about it: and isn’t that just precisely what Mr Obama wanted?
What did Mr Obama acquire from his move? What did he negotiate? What did he — us — get from the negotiation? Was it even a “negotiation” or was it simple capitulation? I submit Mr Obama’s move was nothing more than outright capitulation to the Cuban regime. This is nothing more than a reward to Cuba, with zero expected in return. Cuba arrested over 8,000 “political prisoners” just this year. Cuban-Americans are disgusted. Obama has extended political legitimacy to this dictatorship. This is a 55-year-old policy overturned. Obama’s transcript is here.
“Let us leave behind the legacy of both colonization and communism, the tyranny of drug cartels, dictators and sham elections,” Obama said. As he equates Communism with what he perceives as US colonial power — a thing he must defeat at all costs.
What gets rewarded gets repeated. And those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it. It would appear time and again that Mr Obama has total Historical Alzheimers. Because here is what will happen:
History will repeat itself. Vladimir Putin, a power broker/seeker of the Nth degree who would love nothing more than to re-create the USSR, has just been provided with a perfect pathway right back into Cuba, a mere 90 miles from the United States. A Putin whose strength has been partly broken because of the plummet of petroleum power (and whose petroleum power he held over the vast lands of the European Union). A Putin who, when threatened, will look to the past and see Nikita Khrushchev. And will be consoled by same when he determines to repeat that past by sending Russian troops to Cuba, welcomed by Raul Castro.
This Obama move did nothing for the people of Cuba. They will wake up tomorrow still ensconced in a Communist regime with no more freedoms than the prior day. Americans throughout the globe are no safer; in fact, they are less safe.
Finally, what happens to Guantanamo? Is this a roundabout way to get Guantanamo finally shuttered by the eradication of the contract? Was this the point?
Obama, thy name is Chamberlain. Crouching Obama and Paper Tiger.
Sony has likewise submitted and yielded to cyber-terrorism. This is Spineless Hollywood in the face of a threat clearly on behalf of North Korea and no other. According to Variety, Sony has “no further release plans for The Interview.” No DVDs, no video-on-demand. Completely scrapped. Dead. Fini. Roll over, doggie.
Sony, the institution, the entire film industry, just completely collapsed, encouraging others in the future. “Look what North Korea just got away with.” This is damned near an act of war against the United States of America. And yet met with defeatism.
What gets rewarded gets repeated.
Does this get the Taliban and ISIS thinking: “all we have to do is threaten movie theaters or malls and America?” That would, I submit, be a Logical Extension of Sony’s action.
In the face of that, however, a Texas theater decides to show “Team America” in place of “The Interview.” Bully!
Mr Obama weighed in on Cuba. What is his position on cyber-terrorism against America? Why is Obama conspicuously silent on the issue? Why does he refuse to recognize that America was attacked digitally? What is his reticence? Why is he hesitant?
Hollywood, thy name is Chamberlain.
From the NationalJournal.com:
by Sarah Mimms
The Senate narrowly confirmed a new surgeon general whose nomination was delayed for months in a fight over his comments alleging that guns are public health issue. The confirmation represents a victory for gun control advocates, even as recent polling has shown Americans moving in the other direction toward gun-rights protections.
The Senate’s 51-43 vote confirming Massachusetts Doctor Vivek Murthy to be the next surgeon general underscores divisions in Congress over gun control and the unwillingness of many members, particularly moderate Democrats, to stand out on the issue.
Another “bite me” from the outgoing Leftist Senate, akin to Feinstein’s release of the so-called Demorat-crafted-only “torture report.” Vivek Murthy is perfectly in keeping, at 37, with Mr Obama’s diminishment of America.
Get prepared for your doctor’s insistence upon questioning you regarding firearms in your household — if it hasn’t yet occurred.
If my doctor deigns to go there, he will be the recipient of a brusque answer he won’t care for — but proffered in as much a dismissive and disrespectful manner as I can possibly submit.
Because it isn’t any of his or her business.