Potemkin Union Money Transfers

Check out this new ad from Western Union, advertising money transfer services to Cuba. All advertising shows some idealized version of the world that people actually live in but this is unbelievable. It’s as if the castro regime itself had created the ads to highlight the beauty of the worker’s paradise. Note how leisurely life is in the Potemkin village. It makes the totalitarian dictatorship that abuses women who oppose it look positively quaint! You see, all smiling faces, no repression!

Colorado-based Western Union, which operates in every province and municipality in Cuba, has provided money transfers from the U.S. to Cuba since 1995 and began making payouts in the country’s local currency in 2011. U.S. remittances to the once closed-off island currently reach 62% of Cuban households, according to analysis by the Havana Consulting Group for Western Union. Western Union said the average value of a money transfer to Cuba from the U.S. is $150.

It’s true that we have seen the enemy, and it is us. Cubans outside of the island are subsidizing the regime and enriching companies that enable that subsidy.

Voters should know Miami-Dade Judicial Candidate’s link to Cuba business ventures

There are numerous races to fill vacancies for Circuit Court Judge on the upcoming August 26th Primary ballot in Miami-Dade County One particular judicial candidate has been aggressively campaigning for the Cuban-American vote throughout Miami-Dade, Martin Zilber. Mr. Zilber’s campaign signs have been prominently placed in the Cuban-American community throughout the county and he is often photographed with leaders of the Cuban-American community. That’s why it most ironic and truly brazen that Mr. Zilber sits on the Advisory Board for none other than the The America’s Group Cuba Business Enterprise, an entity that publicly promotes its many service for clients seeking business opportunities in Cuba, including: “to identify and develop real estate opportunities for social interest housing and in the tourist and resort sectors. Identify strategic investment opportunities in foreign companies already doing business in Cuba. Arrange trips and person to person meetings with the government and potential joint venture partners.” The logical question is if Mr. Zilber shares with Cuban-American voters at the “comedores” and along the campaign trail his views and business ventures related to Cuba.

Mr. Zilber sits on the Advisory Board of the Cuba Enterprise project with the infamous Kirby Jones, known Castro apologist and regular Havana visitor. Washington Post journalist described Kirby Jones the following way: “Jones is described by Newsweek as having better contacts in Cuba than any other American “ and by The New York Times as ‘ the man to see about business in Cuba.’ Mr. Jones once described the community as the “highly combustible fuel of Cuban exiles.”

Mr. Zilber has every right to be part of a group that seeks business opportunities with a dictatorship like the Castro regime, but if he is running for public office in Miami-Dade County, the voters have a right to know his involvement in such an enterprise. It’s one thing to have a different policy view but it’s quite another to be directly affiliated with an entity seeking business opportunities with a government that disregards human rights and commits atrocities against the Cuban people, many who now reside in the community that Mr. Zilber is seeking support from. Mr. Zilber is free to pursue business ventures with the likes of the Castro brothers but the Cuban-American community and those who believe in solidarity should know more about his background before voting or supporting him for Circuit Court Judge. If Mr. Zilber is willing to engage with the likes of a terrorist state to provide clients with business opportunities perhaps him sitting on the bench to impart justice is not in the best interest of Miami-Dade County voters. Ultimately, the voters should decide, but at the very least, voters should know the company that a judicial candidate keeps and the type of business interests he pursues.

Bad policy, bad politics: Governor Scott’s Medicaid Expansion Folly

Last Wednesday Florida’s Governor Rick Scott said that he’d ask the state legislature to approve a Medicaid expansion that is fully funded by the Federal Government during the first three years. This is part of the Obamacare plan that aims to provide some sort of health coverage to every American (without regard to monetary costs and costs to society and the overall quality of healthcare).

Conservatives seem split on Governor Scott’s decision. Some see it as a betrayal such as Stephen Hayes while others see it as a practical calculation such as Charles Krauthammer. Arguments for the latter include:

1. Obamacare is the law of the land and we lost our last chance to get rid of it when he was re-elected last november.

2. Federal taxes collected from Floridians would otherwise go to other states.

3. The state can sunset the Medicaid expansion once the Federal funding goes below 100%

4. Other Republican governors, known for their conservatism, have reached the same conclusion and are accepting the expansion.

Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you that these arguments are hogwash. Yes, President Obama won a close election but the State of Florida is run by a Republican Governor and Legislature. If Republican Governors stood together in principled opposition they would send a message to the citizens of their states that they do in fact stand up for what they allegedly believe in.

The problem with accepting Federal funding for ANY program is that you further diminish the role of the State Government. What the leftists want is a top-down one-size fits all Federal government and these incremental steps toward it are snowballing. Ironically Governor Scott is diminishing the role of his own office.

Once Federal money is inserted into any state program a dependence on that money is created. Look at education. Before the creation of the Federal Department of Education schools in America were completely funded with state and local funds. Consider that in year 2011-2012 year Miami-Dade Schools received $19 million directly from the Federal government and that the State received $563 million from the Federal government in 2010 from one program alone and up to $700 million from another. Does anyone believe that once a state is suckling on the teat of Federal money that it can easily relinquish it?

Besides, the money that will be coming to Florida under this expansion won’t be tax dollars collected from Floridians but rather borrowed money that Floridians (and all Americans) will be on the hook for since the Federal government is borrowing 40% of every dollar that it currently spends.

The fact that other Republican governors have thrown up their hands and decided to accept the money should be of no consolation to our Governor. Their unprincipled positions should not ameliorate his. The easy and shortsighted thing to do is take the money. The hard and forward-thinking approach is to resist it with all the strength you have.

Of course this is all politics. According to Cal Thomas, the Governor’s approval ratings were at a very low 36% in December. He has been conservative and unpopular. This decision will relieve him of at least one of those labels, now he’ll just be unpopular. Consider that among those 36% lie the base of Florida’s conservatives, those whose support a Republican governor must have when running for re-election in a non-Presidential year. I expect that approval rating to plummet and would not be surprised if Scott faces a primary challenger and loses. Even if he survives a primary challenge he’ll be extremely weakened. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

There’s no way to spin it, this decision is bad policy and bad politics.

Solzhenitsyn on gun control

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?

Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?

After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you’d be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria [Government limo] sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur — what if it had been driven off or its tires spiked.

The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!

–Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The GULAG Archipelago

(H/T Chicago Boyz)

Raise the white flag

Time to give up
Time to give up

The news of corporations big and small laying off employees in the immediate wake of Obama’s reelection should surprise no one. They were holding out hope that help would be on the way in the war the government has declared on them. The help is not coming, a majority of American voters has ordered the troops to stand down.

Given that, I think maybe it’s time that we surrender. President Obama, Leader Reid and former Speaker Pelosi all say that Republicans have been obstructing their legislative agenda and that’s why we aren’t moving forward. I think it’s time to give them everything they want.

  • Let’s start with the debt limit: let’s increase it to whatever Democrats want it increased to, no questions asked. The more debt the better. They know better, they won. We’ll be happy to ride in the back.
  • Bush tax cuts: let them expire. There’s no limit to how fast and how much the economy can grow if only the government could get its hands on even more of the citizenry’s money.
  • Taxes on the 1%: Let’s do it, raise taxes on the millionaires and billionaires. Warren Buffet wants to pay more taxes and I want to grant him his wish. Whatever Harry Reid says should be their fair share is what we should get out of them.
  • Capital gains tax increases: Taxing investment income is a great source of revenue.  I mean what could go wrong if we discourage investing by making it less profitable?
  • Cap and trade: two helpings please. We’ll save the economy AND the planet with this fantastic mechanism that doesn’t actually reduce carbon emissions.
  • Single Payer Health Care: One size fits all healthcare from the people that run the Post Office. What’s not to like? Sign me up.

The sooner we capitulate to the President and his Democrat allies in congress and the senate, the sooner we’ll see all of the wondrous effects these policies will have on our economy and our country. If they really believe these are the policies that will bring prosperity, then it’s time to call their bluff.

Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Request Expulsion of Former Regime Enforcer Living in the U.S.


November 2, 2012

Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Request Expulsion of Former Regime Enforcer Living in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sent a letter to Secretary Clinton, Attorney General Holder, and Secretary Napolitano asking for the immediate removal of Castro regime enforcer and a brutal head of prisons, Crescencio Marino Rivero, and for an explanation of why convicted Cuban spy Rene Gonzalez was allowed to travel to Washington, D.C. You can read the whole letter here.

Said Diaz-Balart: “I am outraged that the Obama Administration has once again demonstrated its open door policy toward Castro regime operatives by granting residency to a brutal human rights abuser, and by welcoming a dangerous, convicted spy to the very doorstep of our national government.

“U.S. law, foreign policy, national security interests, and common sense warn against admitting dangerous members of totalitarian regimes into the U.S., or permitting convicted spies virtually unfettered travel.  Nonetheless, this administration has failed to protect the American people from such obvious perils.  Yet again, the Obama Administration has fallen into its disturbing pattern of appeasing dictatorships and has demonstrated that its policy of willful blindness toward the world’s most brutal regimes knows no bounds.

“The President’s policy has not only compromised America’s security, but it has sent the disgraceful message to pro-democracy activists languishing under tyranny that the President is more interested in coddling their oppressors than joining them in their cause for freedom.”

Said Ros-Lehtinen: “It is the height of hypocrisy for this former official of the feared and brutal Cuban Ministry of the Interior (MININT) to spend his golden years in the comfort and freedom Miami offers. That is unacceptable to the innumerable Cubans who have suffered under the oppressive yolk of the Castro brothers and it is utterly unacceptable to me.

“If Mr. Rivero lied on his applications to gain entry into the U.S., then he should suffer the full consequences of the law. As opposed to the dictatorship he was once a part of, in this nation of laws that is the USA he will be able to fully defend himself.

I am sure that other Castro henchmen are trying to live out their final years in the comfort of the city and exile community which they so forcefully vilified. But if we find them, and the law says they’re guilty, they should be immediately expelled.”





July 23, 2012


Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today made the following statement on the death of Cuban activist Osvaldo Paya:

“The cause of freedom in Cuba has lost one of its strongest voices and respected leaders yesterday. The news of Osvaldo Paya’s death is profoundly heartbreaking and infuriating. The circumstances surrounding Mr. Paya’s death again raise questions about the pattern of conduct by a despotic regime that is constantly seeking ways to annihilate all internal dissent while the world stands in silence. The international community should demand that the facts concerning Paya’s death be accurately determined and that the surviving witnesses be protected. Ann and I wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Paya family and to Cuba’s pro-democracy movement for the loss of Osvaldo Paya, a man of extraordinary courage, conviction, and peace.”


‘Obama, Rush, and Liberty’

“Obama, Rush, and Liberty.”

Last week, in Roanoke, Virginia, President Obama told a crowd that, ultimately, entrepreneurs aren’t responsible for the success of their enterprises. “If you’ve got a business,” the President stated, “you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Obama has quite a few (though not enough) people talking about his most recent speech.

Although they didn’t need to be told that he thinks this way, his opponents are nevertheless more than a bit shocked to hear Obama express his thoughts publicly — and just a few months outside of the next election. Moreover, they are livid. Nationally syndicated radio talk show titan Rush Limbaugh, for instance, replied swiftly and bluntly:

“I think it can now be said, without equivocation, without equivocation, this man hates this country,” for Obama “is trying to dismantle brick-by-brick the American dream.”

These are harsh words, for sure. But are they true?

Before we can answer this question, we need to attend carefully to Obama’s speech. […]

As Cholera Seems To Be Spreading Throughout Cuba, Ros-Lehtinen Says Travelers To The Island Should Be Aware That Castro Regime Is Not Being Forthright About Gravity Of The Situation


July 9, 2012

As Cholera Seems To Be Spreading Throughout Cuba, Ros-Lehtinen Says Travelers To The Island Should Be Aware That Castro Regime Is Not Being Forthright About Gravity Of The Situation

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the growing reports of people in Cuba falling ill because of cholera and the Castro regime’s refusal to acknowledge this growing health menace.

Ros-Lehtinen’s statement:

“Reports from independent journalists and people visiting Cuba show that cholera is spreading throughout the island nation. In any other country, public health officials would issue warnings and alert the populace to the growing health hazard, but in totalitarian Cuba the regime keeps the Cuban people and the world in the dark. Why? Because the bankrupt Castro economy cannot afford to scare off tourists and the hard currency they bring.

Travelers to Cuba should be aware that the dictatorship is not being forthright about the gravity of the situation and that visiting Cuba at this time may put them at risk of becoming ill with cholera.”


The replacement for Chavez?

This gentleman better have some serious, serious security around him. Capriles’s challenge to Chavez is fraught with danger; the Cuban intelligence apparatus Chavez let in through the front door will stop at nothing to keep Castro’s dollars and oil flowing. God bless him and keep him safe.

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans flooded downtown Caracas on Sunday to support opposition candidate Henrique Capriles in the biggest rally to date of his campaign to unseat cancer-stricken socialist President Hugo Chavez.

The athletic 39-year-old walked and jogged 10 km (6.2 miles) in the company of supporters to register his candidacy with electoral authorities, burnishing his image of physical fitness in contrast to the convalescing Chavez.

Capriles hopes to replace Chavez’s state-driven socialism with a Brazil-style balance between free enterprise and social programs, and promises an end to the sectarian polarization of Chavez’s 13-year rule.

“On October 7th we will decide not between two men but between two different ways of life,” Capriles intoned from a stage set up before a plaza jam-packed with sympathizers before entering the election’s council.

“Today I’m the candidate because the people have decided, but on October 7th I’ll be the next president of all Venezuelans,” said Capriles, saying one million people had turned out. […]

Sen. Rand Paul endorses Connie Mack for Senate

Tea Party favorite Senator Rand Paul endorsed Connie Mack for U.S. Senate today. The Shark Tank has the report.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul Endorses Connie Mack

http://shark-tank.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/rand-paul-300x263.jpgSenator Rand Paul (R-KY) has endorsed Congressman Connie Mack for U.S. Senate, giving him the nod over former U.S. Senator George LeMieux in Florida’s Republican senatorial primary race.

Paul’s endorsement of Mack adds to his growing list of notable conservative endorsements including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has already thrown his two cents into the Senate primary when he referred Mack as “the next Senator from Florida” during his last campaign trip to Florida.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work first-hand with Connie Mack. He is a passionate defender and a tireless advocate for the ideals of less taxing, less spending, less government and more freedom.

“From standing against the Bush Administration on TARP and fighting against President Obama’s failed stimulus, to his introduction of the Penny Plan, which I strongly support, Connie Mack has proven time and again that he is a staunch conservative and the very type of principled leader that we need in the United States Senate.

“I urge the people of Florida and conservatives from across the country to stand together and to stand with me in making certain that Connie Mack has the organization and resources he needs to beat liberal Senator Bill Nelson.” – U.S. Senator Rand Paul

“I’m honored to have earned the support and trust of Senator Rand Paul. His fight for our shared goal of less government and more freedom in the U.S Senate has made him one of our nation’s most important conservative leaders. His time in the Senate should serve as a model to all elected officials that government should rely on the individual, rather than the individual relying on an ever-growing government.

“I look forward to working closely with Senator Paul in the United States to bring this country back to its founding principles, back to what makes America great and back to the road to prosperity.” – Congressman Connie Mack

Your Tax Day PSA

When liberals tell you the system isn’t fair, tell them they’re absolutely right…

Americans making over $50,000 paid most of the federal taxes that were paid in the U.S. in 2010.

According to statistics compiled from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the Tax Foundation, those people making above $50,000 had an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, and carried 93.3 percent of the total tax burden.

In contrast, Americans making less than $50,000 had an effective tax rate of 3.5 percent and their total share of the tax burden was just 6.7 percent.

Americans making more than $250,000 had an effective tax rate of 23.4 percent and their total share of the tax burden was 45.7 percent.

Out of the 143 million tax returns that were filed with the IRS in 2010, 58 million – or 41 percent – of those filers were non-payers.

In other words, only 85 million actually paid taxes. […]

Palin on Obama’s open mic moment

“The Audacity of Obama’s Intentions Revealed” by Sarah Palin. (Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 4:24pm.)

Whoever chooses to merely dismiss the significance of today’s exchange between our President and Russia’s President should have their intelligence and patriotism questioned. Let this exchange be a warning to voters: President Obama will have “more flexibility” to weaken us if he’s re-elected in November. He was caught speaking candidly to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev before a “hot mic” today (and surely one must believe he didn’t know the mics were still on; surely he’s not so audacious as to purposefully broadcast his intentions), as reported by ABC’s Jake Tapper. Here’s the exchange:

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

Let’s consider what this “flexibility” might mean. We know that he has repeatedly conceded to foreign demands and backed down on missile defense. I pointed this out as Governor of Alaska when he proposed reducing Alaska’s missile defense system capabilities. I explained then that the President’s proposed military cuts would diminish Alaska’s opportunity to defend the union with our strategic location’s defense infrastructure. We also know that in 2009, as part of his “reset” with Russia, President Obama turned his back on our Eastern European allies by abandoning past promises for a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

We can’t know for certain what this newly revealed “flexibility” means, but considering President Obama’s past actions, be sure it won’t involve a position of strength for America and our allies. Russia has been thwarting us on one issue after another, including the rushed-through New START Treaty that many of us questioned after Obama insisted America ratify it first, then allow Russia to sit on it – unratified on their end – until it suited that foreign power’s needs.

Meanwhile, North Korea is planning another long-range missile launch, and the United States and our allies are still vulnerable to the threat of ballistic missiles. Our president has done nothing to alleviate this vulnerability; in fact, he’s done just the opposite. He has consistently taken a position of weakness and naïve trust in Putin’s Russia. Consider that one-sided New START Treaty as an example of this. Or consider those cuts to Alaska’s missile defense system, which leaves us much more vulnerable in the face of a nuclear North Korea. Now consider the state of our national defense under a President who whispers to a foreign power that he needs even “more flexibility” to weaken us further.

– Sarah Palin

Barack Obama’s war against women

Silvio Canto on his blog My View.

The war against women is high gasoline prices & apologizing to the thugs who killed their sons in Afghanistan

The Dems new line is that the GOP is waging a war against women.

Of course, this is nonsense and a distraction from the real issues and failures of the Obama presidency.

Keep this in mind.  The Dems will always play the race, ethnic or gender card when they don’t want to talk about issues.

However, who is really waging war against women?

The answer is Pres BO & the Dem party.  Let us count the many ways that this president & party are making life miserable for women, and mothers:

1) Gasoline prices are almost $4 a gallon, or twice what they were when Pres BO started his presidency.  Check out gas prices in California.

2) Apologizing to the thugs & fanatics who killed our sons.  How do you tell a mother that the president of the US is apologizing to fanatics who just killed her son?

3) Tripling the budget deficit.  It was 3% under Pres Bush and close to 10% under Pres BO.  Furthermore, Pres BO has shown zero leadership on attacking the entitlements & spending.  He has been a total “zero” on this issue.

4) Projecting weakness in the Middle East and making it very likely that ours sons will have to fight Iran down the road.

Yes, there is a war against women.  The first battleground is the gas station when mother fills up the gas tank and gets shocked with the amount debited to her family card.