Esta es tu casa, Fidel


I guess it is only a matter of time before we start seeing signs saying “This is your house, Fidel” all over American cities and towns that are chomping at the bit to get a piece of Cuba’s slave plantation action.

Texas rice farmers hopeful for end to Cuba embargo

EGYPT, Texas — Tributes to Fidel Castro, statues of Che Guevara and photographs of Elian Gonzalez might not line the streets of this rice-growing town, but make no mistake about it: The farmers here are pro-Cuba.

Texas rice farmers have been watching intently as Congress ponders a bill that would lift restrictions of a decades-old trade embargo and allow tourists to travel to Cuba. Passage of the bill also would open the communist island country’s market to U.S. agriculture.

Farmers in and around Egypt, a tiny agricultural community near Houston , generally describe themselves as conservative (with a few exceptions), but they are more than willing to speak favorably about opening up trade to a communist country.

“Farmers are bottom line-oriented,” said Thomas Wynn, an economist and rice farmer from Egypt.