Commie Demorats in action – letters to Rangel & Baucus

Here we go, we knew this was coming–the campaign to end the embargo. I don’t believe for a minute that these letters were written after the election.

Organizations working to replace the U.S. policy of isolating Cuba with engagement in areas like travel and trade have sent letters to the incoming Chairs of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Committees urging them to propose new Cuba policies when their committees convene in the 110th Congress.

With the illness of President (sic) Fidel Castro, the organizations say: “A historic transition is already taking place in Cuba without participation or influence by the United States. We need a new Cuba policy, and you are in a vitally important position to lead the way.”

Transition to what? Certainly not democracy or improved conditions for Cuban citizens. What hollow words, as far as I’m concerned, these people are criminals for supporting the illegitimate regime in Cuba.

The story is here, and the Letters to Congressman Rangel and Senator Baucus below.


November 8, 2006

The Hon. Charles B. Rangel
2354 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-3215

Dear Congressman Rangel:

Congratulations on your reelection to Congress and your presumptive path to the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.

As you consider your priorities for the 110th Congress, we urge you to continue playing a leadership role in the effort to change U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Efforts to isolate Cuba – diplomatically and economically – have been in place since the Kennedy Administration. After more than forty-five years, it is time to concede the obvious: this policy doesn’t work, it takes away freedoms from American citizens and businesses, it divides Cuban families on both sides of the Florida Straits, it has served as a rallying point for the Cuban government against the United States, and it harms America’s image abroad.

For years, our organizations have worked closely with Members of Congress on a bi-partisan basis to change Cuba policy. We have supported your legislation to repeal the embargo, and other bills to repeal the ban on legal travel by Americans to Cuba, to permit oil and gas exploration by U.S. firms in Cuban waters off the Gulf of Mexico, and efforts to remove restrictions on the sales of agriculture products, to name just a few.

We are eager to work with you going forward to advance these and other objectives. A historic transition is already taking place in Cuba without participation or influence by the United States. We need a new Cuba policy, and you are in a vitally important position to lead the way.

Sincerely,

Sarah Stephens
Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas

Antonio Gonzalez
President, William C. Velasquez Institute

Steven Clemons
Director, American Strategy Program

New America Foundation

John McAuliff
Director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development

Mavis Anderson
Senior Associate, Latin America Working Group

Geoff Thale
Program Director, Washington Office on Latin America

Kirby Jones
President, Alamar Associates

Silvia Wilhelm
Executive Director, Puentes Cubanos

Alvaro Fernandez
President, Cuban American Commission for Family Rights

Ruben Rumbaut, Ph.D.
Steering Committee of ENCASA
Emergency Network of Cuban American Scholars and Artists

Wayne Smith
Senior Fellow and Director, Cuba Program
Center for International Policy

Lissa Weinmann
Senior Fellow and Director, National Summit on Cuba
World Policy Institute, The New School
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November 9, 2006

The Hon. Max Baucus
United States Senate
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2602

Dear Senator Baucus:

We are writing to thank you for the work you have done to change U.S. policy toward Cuba and to encourage you to continue your leadership in the 110th Congress as you assume the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee.

Efforts to isolate Cuba – diplomatically and economically – have been in place since the Kennedy Administration. After more than forty-five years, it is time to concede the obvious: this policy doesn’t work, it takes away freedoms from American citizens and businesses, it divides Cuban families on both sides of the Florida Straits, it has served as a rallying point for the Cuban government against the United States, and it harms America’s image abroad.

For years, our organizations have worked closely with Members of Congress on a bi-partisan basis to change Cuba policy. We have supported your legislation to get a fair deal for U.S. agriculture, and other bills to repeal the ban on legal travel by Americans to Cuba and to permit oil and gas exploration by U.S. firms in Cuban waters off the Gulf of Mexico among many other reforms.

We are eager to work with you going forward to advance these and other objectives. A historic transition is already taking place in Cuba without participation or influence by the United States. We need a new Cuba policy, and you are in a vitally important position to lead the way.

Sincerely,

Sarah Stephens
Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas

Antonio Gonzalez
President, William C. Velasquez Institute

Steven Clemons
Director, American Strategy Program
New America Foundation

John McAuliff
Executive Director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development

Mavis Anderson
Senior Associate, Latin America Working Group

Geoff Thale
Program Director, Washington Office on Latin America

Silvia Wilhelm
Executive Director, Puentes Cubanos

Alvaro Fernandez
President, Cuban American Commission for Family Rights

Rubén Rumbaut, Ph.D.
Steering Committee of ENCASA
Emergency Network of Cuban American Scholars and Artists

Wayne Smith
Senior Fellow and Director, Cuba Program
Center for International Policy

Lissa Weinmann
Senior Fellow and Director, National Summit on Cuba
World Policy Institute, The New School

3 thoughts on “Commie Demorats in action – letters to Rangel & Baucus”

  1. President Bush please take out your veto pen.

    The only bastard that has separated cuban families is Fidel Castro and his gang of thieves and murderers. We are not going to let his asasin brother get away with more trade dollars from the American people. Why don’t they ask the Castro regime to stop enforcing the white card or permission to get out of the country??? Why do cubans with visas have to ask the regime for permission to exit Cuba???
    Where is the transition??? Why are there still political prisioners in Cuba?? Why are human rights still being violated??? Where are the free multi-party elections???
    SO far the only transition has been to switch from a bastard murderous thief to his bastard murderous brother. If that is transition then they can stick Bush’s veto pen up their …. bank accounts.

  2. i could’nt have said it better than qbanartemisa. what the last don running cuba has is an extortion racket called rent a relative. from which he derives much lucre. it works for fidel since he can charge fees to allow relatives to reunite,these relatives going out must be elderly and retired in cuba thus a charge for the regime. the scheme works because if the elderly cuban escapes he is no longer a burden for the regime and he and his family paid upfront already. if he returns he can be rented again. meantime his family has to care of his every need since he comes from cuba w/o a pot to pss in. no other regime has this a lucrative human rental ring. only n. korea employs some simalar.

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