Nice try, but no Cuban cigar
Last week George sent me a link to a column at PJ Media which advocated the GOP reversing course on the embargo on Cuba as tactic for Hispanic voter outreach. This is novel theory. Novel and laughable. I had to dust off my fisking machine and take apart the author's arguments. Luckily I too am a contributor to PJ Media. So here's my rebuttal:
Don’t End the Cuban Embargo
Ending the embargo wouldn't win a single Hispanic vote for the GOP.
Michael Edghill proposes a novel but convoluted and factually challenged argument to end the United States’ embargo on Cuba’s Castro regime. Edghill begins his argument by highlighting the oft-repeated advice that the Republican Party needs to do a better job of appealing to Hispanics. I agree completely with this and have written extensively that the natural home for Hispanics is the GOP because of their family values, social conservatism, and entrepreneurialism. But then Mr. Edghill goes off the rails to use this as a justification for changing U.S. policy toward Cuba.
First he attacks the effectiveness of the embargo by stating the obvious — that it has not caused political change in Cuba. But he does not offer any evidence that its absence would cause political change. In fact, Edghill admits that “tourists and business interests from Europe and the rest of the Americas have sustained the Cuban economy.”
It’s important to keep in mind the fact that the Cuban economy is completely dominated by the state; in particular, the tourist sector is controlled by the Cuban Armed Forces, of which Raul Castro has been the head since the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. So how, exactly, would getting rid of the embargo hurt the existing status quo? The obvious answer is that it wouldn’t. In fact, it would provide a financial boon to Cuba’s oppressors.
The embargo has been extremely effective at one thing — preventing the United States from being ripped off by the Castro crime family...