Wednesday, October 11, 2006


From the "Shameless Pandering For GOP Votes They're Gonna Get Anyway" Files, we learn that in a world with actual terrorists, an escalating national debt, and a world of problems too numerous to go into here . . .
"The United States will pursue more aggressively violators of a US trade embargo against Cuba."
According to the article:
President Bush "has ratcheted up pressure on Cuba to speed the demise of its communist leaders, Fidel Castro and his brother, interim president Raul Castro."

The head of US prosecuters in Florida announced creation of a task force made up of officials from several US agencies, which "will strengthen enforcement of sanctions against the Castro regime with the aim of hastening a transition to democracy in Cuba. We will do our part to effectuate president Bush's mandate to speed this transition."

Additionally, "creation of the task force was recommended by a presidential Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, which also backed the Cuba Fund for a Democratic Future, a two-year, 80-million-dollar program."
And who, you may ask, leads this "Commission"? Why, none other than Condoleeza Rice and Commerce Secretary, Carlos Gutierrez. You know, it's one thing for governmental officials to earmark dollars for pet causes. And it's another for them to engage in electioneering while in office.

But when both are occurring simultaneously -- and transparently -- well that's kleptocracy, pure & simple. These bastards don't deserve to sit in office. They need to be booted, and two years is too long to wait. Maybe a shift in the power of Congress can facilitate it.

When you vote in 4 weeks, remember to ask yourself where the hell your earnings, savings, and tax dollars are going. And when you answer, remember to pull that lever. Hard.


Blogger DED said...

W has gone so far that I'm finding it harder to support even moderate Republicans for fear of preserving a Republican majority in Congress.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I hear you, Ded. I've never been a Republican and never voted for them (actually, I did once, in 1988, during one of my snarling, angry young man phases). But I'm not a fan of the modern day Democrats either, and I've often voted Green, Libertarian, Working Families, LIberal, etc.

But this time around, I think I may have to just hold my nose and vote a straight Democratic ticket. Well, maybe not for Hillary, but otherwise . . .

I just want to know, however, what the opinion is on the part of thee Dems, regarding impeachment/conviction. I want them to go all out if they gain both houses.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...remember to pull that lever. Hard.

Yeah, the lever on the toilet. Swoosh!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

Pelosi said there will not be an impeachment if the Dems win the house.

Too many Dems betrayed our nation and are co-conspirators with Bush. They don't want to be investigated in turn.

When is our embargo on Cuba going to yield positive results?

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

When is our embargo on Cuba going to yield positive results?

Any day now, any day. I think the 47 years of pressure are starting to have an effect. Those Cuban cigars should stop dominating the market by the time all tobacco products are banned.

What I'm really fearing though, is that some city'll take on of their "No Fat Food" bans and combine it with the embargo. No more Cuban sandwiches may see me hitting the streets.

12:32 PM  
Blogger DED said...

At this point, I think the embargo is there for two reasons:

1) to keep the anti-Castro Cuban exiles living in South Florida happy

2) to maintain our zero tolerance policy towards America's enemies, even if they've become irrelevant.

The embargo really isn't enforced too well. There are loopholes. We sell food to Cuba. For embargoes to truly work, you need to cut off all trade from everyone to the target country. But that never happens (we still have North Korea too). You'll slow down the country's prosperity and might even make things bad, but you won't affect the change you're seeking. So long as trade continues in some fashion, no matter how small, the regime continues.

1:41 PM  

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