The U.S. Economy needs a "jolt". Lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba would be just the "spark" that could unleash a wave of business from this country less than 90 miles from U.S shores. Cuba needs every U.S. product and service the U.S. could offer to them. There is no reason other than pure politics that is keeping this from occuring. It makes no business sense to allow a ever diminishing group of people in South Florida to prevent a economic boom to the U.S. in the form of trade with Cuba.
Lifting of the trade embargo against Cuba and simultaneous measures to create infrastructure building jobs within the U.S. will result in a substantial increase in manufacturing for struggling U.S.companies (particularly the auto industry)and a substantial decrease in the unemployment rate IMO.
The embargo should have been lifted years ago...the question now is whether or not the Obama Administration has the courage to pursue it.
Absolutely agreed, the trade embargo and the travel ban should be lifted immediately.
Yup its just punishing common people in the U.S. and Cuba, who want to freely exchange goods and services.
The commie leaders get all the luxuries they want anyways.
I would think the "commie leaders" would get less in an open free economy with democratic reforms customized to the Cuban peoples expectations and needs...politically.
It is to our U.S. economy's advantage to "jump start" exports to a new market for our goods and services that should be the focus and not the Cuban's people political direction or the Castros. Nothing has changed in that country for over 50 years and the threat by Cuba towards the U.S. is no more substantial since the embargo was put in place than it is now. In essence there is no threat.
Balancing the politics of South Florida against a struggling U.S. economy in need of a "jolt"...How should the scale tilt?
Bring it on! Great idea, too bad we still are in a semi-state of cold war with Russia. There is a ton of ways to jolt the system back to life. No one in Washington seems to be able to agree on one of them. The actions of a decrepit old man that supported the USSR and communism are not justifiable reasons to uphold the embargo. What better way is there to spread democracy than to forgive and move on? The people of both countries will reap the benefits of a reversal in this policy.
Cold war with Russia? Interesting statement.
It's not seems, it's about out right refusal to do what is in the best interests of the citizens instead of the corporations.
Maybe not, but did you think there were not broader implications which justified keeping it in place? If not, oh well.
Wouldn't it be better if we took the pathetic bugs out of Democracy before spreading it like a virus?
We all know it's not going to happen tomorrow.
Can you ever get the bugs out of Democracy?
Hopefully the people can join together demanding to be put first once again ahead of the corporations. With our division it doesn’t seem likely any time soon.
Save you the trouble. Reform the complete educational system Nationwide and leave the embargo in place, and accomplish the same thing.
Create U.S. Jobs. What did you think I was talking about?
That is what YOU are talking about isn't it?
@Josak- Yes, it would probably be easier to lift the embargo than it would be to reform America's education system Nationally, but do so ignores citizens and places international affairs ahead of citizens and that's unacceptable.
And, No I'm not in agreement as I already stated to lifting the embargo. So, No to doing both.
There was a reason for it to be in place and so far, I have yet to figure out why there would be any reason to lift it. Simple enough.
Lifting the trade embargo against Cuba would create jobs...Now.
Limited vision. Just what we need in America.
Limited vision is maintaining a decades old trade embargo on the basis of the cold war which is over and out of spite, the people of both countries are suffering the effect of the pissing contest that the US is attempting.
Lifting the trade embargo will strengten U.S. relations in the entire region. We have abandoned most foreign policy initiatives both business and political in Central America and the Carribbean, for the past few years, so hopefully a new policy towards Cuba will lay the groundwork for dramatic changes in the future. Cuba is ready for change, they are eager to accept a reconciliation with the U.S. If dogma can be dampered down enough to allow... meaningful diplomatic discusses will result in an altering of U.S. policy in particular without us trying to change the Cuban political process overnight
Cuba will change, currently they pose no threat to the U.S. in any manner.
Even if that were true lifting the embargo is easier... We should do both.
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