Puttin’ On The Ritz
Local News here in Miami is abuzz with the E$tefan fundrai$ing dinner party with Obama for the DNC and Organizing for America, Obama's campaign goosesteppers. Lots of folks stating that this posh dinner get together - at $30,000 per couple - is an excellent way for the E$tefan$ to "get Obama's ear" on the Cuba issue. The thinking being that the administration will put pressure on the castro regime with respect to the human rights violations and lack of basic civil liberties in Cuba.
OK, I'll bite.
I'll leave aside the verifiable and actual facts that this administration has snubbed most of our allies like Israel, Colombia, Honduras, Poland, Czechoslovakia and others, while coddling the despotic leaders of countries Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, Lybia and more. With this we also leave common sense behind as, given this administration's penchant for broken promises and prevarication, chances are that whatever promises Obama makes will have the usual and proven shelf life.
But let's look at the actual money being raised for the DNC and see if perhaps it could be used a bit more wisely for, say, Cuban dissident bloggers on the ground:
- $30,000 buys 468 32GB USB Flash Drives.
- $30,000 buys 200 The Flip 2 hour video camcorders.
- $30,000 buys 323 unlocked Motorola A810 cell phones.
- $30,000 buys 42 fully loaded HP Pavilion Laptops.
- $30,000 buys 16774GB Pen Memory Flash Drives.
- $30,000 buys 517 Video Pens
- $30,000 buys 833 100 pack Memorex blank DVD-R spindles.
- $30,00 buys 50 BGAN Satellite IP Modems.
Mind you, the above is what can be purchased and sent to Cuba's dissident and blogger movement, for the price of ONE couple's attendance at the E$tefan/Obama love fe$t. Multiply that by the actual number of attendees ponying up the $30K and probably all of Havana could be equipped with communications equipment, with the extra added bonus of not funding a political party intent on destroying America.
It's all about perspective, folks.