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Is not the issuing of driver's licenses the purview of the states? confused.gif
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I'm too tired to google but aren't there a shitload of countries that still maintain economic ties to Cuba?  I'm not saying the embargo was a toothless tiger but it obviously was not doing what it was intended to do. More importantly maybe another rationale for this attempt at easing the embargo is to stymie China?  China has been making strides to increase its presence globally.  They seem to be the new power in Africa and stand poised to gain access to the natural resources of the continent.  China also has greatly increased their presence by purchasing a large portion of in South American exports as well as investing in business and infrastructure.  But it would be a feather in their cap if they were to become Cuba's new patron and establish a strong presence just 90 miles off the coast of the continental US. 

 

Just wondering...

post #1518 of 5110
Just looked it up, and the statistics are weirdly inconsistent. This says the #1 export partner is Russia, but this says Russia is #12 and barely a factor. Judging from some other sources, I'd say the second one is more accurate.

Interesting that one of the biggest trading partners is Spain, right behind China.
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Don'
post #1520 of 5110
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

I'm too tired to google but aren't there a shitload of countries that still maintain economic ties to Cuba?  I'm not saying the embargo was a toothless tiger but it obviously was not doing what it was intended to do. More importantly maybe another rationale for this attempt at easing the embargo is to stymie China?  China has been making strides to increase its presence globally.  They seem to be the new power in Africa and stand poised to gain access to the natural resources of the continent.  China also has greatly increased their presence by purchasing a large portion of in South American exports as well as investing in business and infrastructure.  But it would be a feather in their cap if they were to become Cuba's new patron and establish a strong presence just 90 miles off the coast of the continental US. 

Just wondering...

Most Canadians are innately proud they can visit Cuba, legally, and you cannot.
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Most Canadians are innately proud they can visit Cuba, legally, and you cannot.


I have 2 passports so I can go to Cuba anytime I want.  I've contemplated it for years but have been dragging my feet.  But yeah I have Canadian friends that like to brag about their trips to Cuba


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 12/23/14 at 6:58am
post #1522 of 5110
The Cuban people seem to like living in a totalitarian Communist state. If they didn't, I'm sure they would revolt. I've come to learn that it is wrong to impose Anglo-Saxon Judeo Christian values upon other cultures. Freedom and liberty and economic opportunity may well work for our people, but it is foolish to assume other cultures place such values in as high regard. In any event, Americans are America's concern; Cubans are Cuba's concern. I'd prefer our tourist dollars go to Orlando.
post #1523 of 5110
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The Cuban people seem to like living in a totalitarian Communist state. If they didn't, I'm sure they would revolt. I've come to learn that it is wrong to impose Anglo-Saxon Judeo Christian values upon other cultures. Freedom and liberty and economic opportunity may well work for our people, but it is foolish to assume other cultures place such values in as high regard. In any event, Americans are America's concern; Cubans are Cuba's concern. I'd prefer our tourist dollars go to Orlando.

I've basically arrived at this conclusion as well; especially regarding truly collectivist cultures. Political systems stemming from ASJC thought only translate if that similar moral base / understanding exists in the first place.

It's also why those systems are seeming to get strained as America becomes more (buzzword) liberal. The less individual drive, character, etc (ie 1950s morals) that exist in comparison to the selfie generation of now-now-now-mine-mine-mine, the more our government, laws, and society will be strained.
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Don'

Wtf? I have zero recollection of posting this.
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Wtf? I have zero recollection of posting this.

 

http://media.spokesman.com/photos/2005/11/17/grainalcohol1117_11-17-2005_VV61EL5_t400.jpg?fd5af0684d698ce74dd4392bafb4f89a6dc66ee3

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Wtf? I have zero recollection of posting this.

I reflected on that post for 10 minutes, and now you're telling me it was a mistake?
post #1527 of 5110
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Wtf? I have zero recollection of posting this.

We have an entire thread for that!
post #1528 of 5110
A very special Christmas post:

'Tis the Season for Politics to Make Us Worse
Minimal government has virtues beyond lower debt, less crowded prisons, and less militarized police. It might even save your family.


http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/25/tis-the-season-for-politics-to-make-us-w
post #1529 of 5110
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Obama is proposing to make two years of community college free. As someone that first returned to post-secondary education through a community college I think that's a bad idea.
post #1530 of 5110
gee i wonder who this is aimed at. guess i will just keep paying my student loans, oh well
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