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    How are we to maintain the notion that Cubans are all inhuman, communistic terrorists if Americans can actually go and meet them?
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    Ah, because some of you folks don't recognize the 1,000,000+ Cuban Americans in Florida and the rest of the USA as human beings apparently. They can help you see that Cubans aren't all " inhuman, communistic terrorists" and you can meet them right here in the USA. The trouble is, those of you who make this asinine argument also revel in smearing all Cubans in the USA, the anti-communist ones, with the false and libelous label of "Cuban Mafia", especially conservative Cubans. Practice what you preach. Spend money at home. Cuban-Americans already prop up the Castro regime to the tune of $1 Billion per year because of their relatives still living there. The Cuban government takes a sizable cut of the monies sent to those relatives. Fess up. What you want is the best vacations and the beaches in the Caribbean at the lowest cost. not a "growth experience" for Americans.
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    @Trijun Maybe I'm just not as open-minded as you, but I call people that are US citizens Americans. You want to put some more words in my mouth that suit you?
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    @Dan_Tien I can't reply for triyun, but from Chris Matthews, to many other Democrats in the USA, the term Miami Cubans, Cuban-Americans (even with Senators such as Marco Rubio) is frequently bandied about. About half of these folks were born in Cuba and became American citizens. Roughly the other half were born here of Cuban migrants, many of whom have naturalized, and some who are legal residents. Whichever way you look at it, genetically they are still of extremely recent Cuban ancestry, and absolutely no different than the Cubans in Cuba, other than they are slightly freer, much better fed, dressed and employed. There are Cubans, Cuban-Americans, etc. that have sympathies towards the Castro regime even in Florida. So you'd get a chance to see the full spectrum. I've lived in Florida. I have cousins who have married "Cubans" here in the USA.
    I got the idea that what triyun was trying to tell you was that the pretext of going over there to see what Cubans are like was just that. It's like saying you want to go to Italy to see what pasta is really like when we have so many Italians, Italian-Americans living here that can give you a pretty good idea, lol
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    @sliding_delta There are plenty of Korean-Americans too, so I guess we don't need to send diplomats to North Korea in order to understand what makes them tick, either, right? In my opinion, travelling is one of the best forms of education you can get. Not only does it make you less likely to think that you know all about other countries and their cultures, it makes you understand and appreciate America more.
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    @Dan_Tien Pay attention people - they are black therefore the rules do not apply to them. Let them go wherever they want - just don't let them back in.
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    If you don't like socialism don't use anything funded by taxes...so that means you walk yourself out in to the middle of no where and them just sulk bc you are an____ that has no clue go watch some Fox News
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    The thing that we really may want to watch for is if we lift all restrictions, How fast will more of our jobs be relocated 90 miles off the Florida coast? Cheap labor and lower transportation cost.China might want to keep an eye on this also.
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    Their best baseball players defect to America to support their families. They are leaving Cuba on rafts for freedom and opportunity ($21 average per month). The young have no hope and live slave like lives. Every tourist dollar enables the regime to survive longer.
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    Beyonce and Jay-z will be ambassadors to Cuba when diplomatic relations are lifted.Snoop dog-cat-lion what ever it is he goes by will be ambassador to Jamaica and Rodman will serve as ambassador to North Korea if it still exist.obama will retire in his homeland without michelle and the kids.Any bets?
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    HMM....I think people should be able to travel to whatever country they choose to and are able to. The only real problem I can see out there is some people think there American rights extend into these countries. They do not.....and it should be understood if you get in trouble there, don't cry foul. In other words, go ahead and see the world.....just put your big boy/girl panties on when you do!
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    I don't know anyone that would want to go to Cuba. Even the Cubans I know, are saying they risked their life to get out, why would we ever want to go back?
    The super-ego's of America, our sports stars, singers and actors, they go to get their ego's stroked
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    The Cuban people aren't any worse off than any other Latin American country and probably no worse off than the poor in the U.S. All the govt. propoganda that you hear on the U.S. new is just that, the propoganda of the U.S. govt.
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    @Firestorm i say escaped cause when you build a home made raft and head to America, the situation seems pretty dire to me, not sure of a exact date they arrived on our beaches, but I can ask them within the next day or so, if that is info you need.
    I know that they actually made an awesome lawn deciration out of that raft, so I have seen that, don't think I would have just set out across the ocean in that thing, unless things were pretty bad.
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    Tweet of the Day: David Waldman
    @KagroX
    Some very rich people used their money to violate the law, and Republicans are demanding an investigation. Oh, they're black.
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    The Cuban people do not hate Americans. But the truth is most non-cuban tourist will never really see the misery and squalor they really live in. Only cuban disidents get to see and hear about that when we visit our families. Everybody else gets to see planned itineraries at designated tourist areas. Cuba is known by many bastards as the place to go take sexual advantage of women (some as young as twelve), who really would just want some money to buy some food or new underwear. Anyone who says this is a lie, or that the big bad US is wrong, is either ignorant or insidiously part of the commie propoganda. US tourism will not help the people of the island, it will go to the corrupt dictators. The rest of the world goes there and it hasn't done squat for them.
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    the embargo and travel restriction on Cuba is as effective as the war on drugs. I want a 55 chevy frame and a early 60s Harley survivor .... open the trael :)
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    Lawmakers criticize Americans for visiting Cuba as those lawmakers toke on their smuggled Cuban cigars blah blah blah...
    Open Cuba to Americans already.
    We're openly traveling there anyway.
    The Cuba-Soviet connection died with Communism and the USSR.
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    It's ok folks. I'm sure they had plenty of armed security protecting them. I wonder if Obama gets his gun control if they will have their body guards disarmed? I won't hold my breath.
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    I'm a free person! The government has no business telling a free person where they can and cannot go. With that being said, if I was entering the US and they saw a Cuban stamp on my passport, you can be damned certain I'd be pulled aside and questioned as to why I was in Cuba. I doubt Beyonce and Jay-Z will ever be questioned as to why they went to Cuba. I guess some people are more free than others.
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    Hey, you are. Just be a good traveler and remember US rules don't apply to you, and you may not be welcome to go there even though you are "free" to go where you please. So if you enter legally or illegally into that new country, just don't whine to the state department or the US to help you if you get kidnapped, attacked, killed, ransomed, etc, unless of course, you have a million dollars to pay for your "extraction".
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    @Firestorm Don't worry, I won't be whining to the State Department and using precious taxpayer dollars to save my sorry ass. I applied for residency in another country last week.
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    @PopapillRush Chile! Milton Friedman designed the economic infrastructure at the request of General Pinochet in the 1970s. In Chile, everybody pays taxes, not what we have over here. The country is managed incredibly well. More importantly, foreigners that add value to the country are welcome. Finally, I don't see terrorists targeting Chilean citizens or people marching in the streets of Tehran chanting "Death to Chile". Looking at where this country is headed, this decision was a no-brainer.
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    But we can freely travel to China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc.

    Screw our government overlords. There is a reason that this 10 year active duty USMC war vet's American flag is crammed into a box and shoved into a dusty, spider web infested corner of his garage. It doesn't stand for what it used to or I naively once thought it did. I'll fly it again when there is truth in advertising and the stars are replaced by "$'s". I'm sure I'll catch grief for that statement. I'll try to muster up a gram of "care".
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    @Starsplash Well... I take that back, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are not communist governement. I will retract China from my statement.
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    @Starsplash

    What does communist have to do with it? They are notorious trampers of basic human rights and stifflers of free speech and free thought. If communism was the issue, we wouldn't be doing business with, and allow trwith China, Venezuala, or Vietnam. But we most certainly do don't we?
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