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March 13, 2007

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dave

Shh! Don't mention the Embargo! You talk about "what the Castro Brothers have done to the country". What about the US contribution since 1960?

That nitpicking detail aside, I'd have to question the assertion that Cuba was "a developed country" in 1957. The Bank certainly didn't think so when it drew up its development recommendations. Nobody in 1957 would equate Cuba's capacity for prosperity with Italy's.

The data you cite certainly are suggestive of a country facing dire shortages. But you'd have been on surer ground questioning whether the regime's social achievements were really anything that new. Some probably are, others not.

And for that matter, US per capita growth wasn't that impressive compared to Britain's for a good half-century after 1776 either. But nobody cut off most of your trade, and the States never relied on overseas markets to anything like the same extent as its island neighbor. How well would that young Republic have fared in similar conditions? Should Americans have just stayed put within the Empire in such circumstances?

It would have been easy for the US to win a radical but friendly Cuba in 1959-60 rather than offering only the choice of subservience or enmity. It took two to make that particular tragedy. The headstrong Castro shares the blame, but much more lies with those across the water claiming seasoned liberal wisdom.

assman

@dave: Shh! Don't mention that Cuba received billions of dollars in subsidies from USSR or that it actively traded with Canada, Latin
America, etc. No instead pretend that the failure of Cuba was due to the trade embargo of a single country. And double Shh! don't mention that America was the first to recognize the Castro government and that Castro repaid the support by demonizing the US and nationalizing (actually stealing) US companies, colluding with the USSR, becoming increasingly radical and killing/imprisoning all of his moderate supporters and friends.

Ya Cuba in 1959 was a great friend. My best friends usually steal my stuff, make friends with my enemies, make enemies of my friends, and say shit about me in public.

BTW, in 1776 the US could have nationalized all British owned assets, refused to pay debts owed to the British etc. They would have had every reason to do so since they had just fought a war with Britain. THEY DIDN'T. That is because they were civilized and responsible. Unlike Castro.

Maciej

Ten Things You Need To Know About S.3827, The DREAM Act1. The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children, And It Will Be Funded On the Backs Of Hard Working, Law-Abiding AmericansProponents of the DREAM Act frequently claim the bill oferfs relief only to illegal alien “kids.” Incredibly, previous versions of the DREAM Act had no age limit at all, so illegal aliens of any age who satisfied the Act’s requirements—not just children—could obtain lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. In response to this criticism, S.3827 includes a requirement that aliens be under the age of 35 on the date of enactment to be eligible for LPR status. Even with this cap, many aliens would be at least 41 years old before obtaining full LPR status under the Act—hardly the “kids” the Act’s advocates keep talking about.The DREAM Act requires that DHS/USCIS process all DREAM Act applications (applications that would require complex, multi-step adjudication) without being able to increase fees to handle processing. This mandate would require either additional Congressional appropriations, or for USCIS, a primarily fee-funded agency, to raise fees on other types of immigration benefit applications. This would unfairly spread the cost of administering the DREAM Act legalization program among applicants and petitioners who have abided by U.S. laws and force taxpayers to pay for amnesty. Taxpayers would also be on the hook for all Federal benefits the DREAM Act seeks to offer illegal aliens, including student loans and grants.2. The DREAM Act PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR FOR ANY ALIEN, Including Criminals, From Being Removed or Deported If They Simply Submit An ApplicationAlthough DREAM Act proponents claim it will benefit only those who meet certain age, presence, and educational requirements, amazingly the Act protects ANY alien who simply submits an application for status no matter how frivolous. The bill forbids the Secretary of Homeland Security from removing “any alien who has a pending application for conditional status” under the DREAM Act—regardless of age or criminal record—providing a safe harbor for all illegal aliens. This loophole will open the floodgates for applications that could stay pending for many years or be litigated as a delay tactic to prevent the illegal aliens’ removal from the United States. The provision will further erode any chances of ending the rampant illegality and fraud in the existing system.3. Certain Criminal Aliens Will Be Eligible For Amnesty Under The DREAM ActCertain categories of criminal aliens will be eligible for the DREAM Act amnesty, including alien gang members and aliens with misdemeanor convictions, even DUIs. The DREAM Act allows illegal aliens guilty of the following offenses to be eligible for amnesty: alien absconders (aliens who failed to attend their removal proceedings), aliens who have engaged in voter fraud or unlawfully voted, aliens who have falsely claimed U.S. citizenship, aliens who have abused their student visas, and aliens who have committed marriage fraud. Additionally, illegal aliens who pose a public health risk, aliens who have been permanently barred from obtaining U.S. citizenship, and aliens who are likely to become a public charge are also eligible.4. Estimates Suggest That At Least 2.1 Million Illegal Aliens Will Be Eligible For the DREAM Act Amnesty. In Reality, We Have No Idea How Many Illegal Aliens Will ApplySection 4(d) of the DREAM Act waives all numerical limitations on green cards, and prohibits any numerical limitation on the number of aliens eligible for amnesty under its provisions. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that the DREAM Act will make approximately 2.1 million illegal aliens eligible for amnesty. It is highly likely that the number of illegal aliens receiving amnesty under the DREAM Act will be much higher than the estimated 2.1 million due to fraud and our inherent inability to accurately estimate the illegal alien population. Clearly, the message sent by the DREAM Act will be that if any young person can enter the country illegally, within 5 years, they will be placed on a path to citizenship.5. Illegal Aliens Will Get In-State Tuition BenefitsThe DREAM Act will allow illegal aliens to qualify for in-state tuition, even when it is not being offered to U.S. citizens and legally present aliens living just across state lines. Section 3 of the DREAM Act repeals Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1623) which prohibits giving education benefits to an unlawfully present individual unless that same benefit is offered to all U.S. citizens.6. The DREAM Act Does Not Require That An Illegal Alien Finish Any Type of Degree (Vocational, Two-Year, or Bachelor’s Degree) As A Condition of AmnestyDREAM Act supporters would have you believe that the bill is intended to benefit illegal immigrants who have graduated from high school and are on their way to earning college degrees. However, the bill is careful to ensure that illegal alien high school drop-outs will also be put on a pathway to citizenship – they simply have to get a GED and be admitted to “an institution of higher education,” defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965.Under the Higher Education Act, an “institution of higher education” includes institutions that provide 2-year programs (community colleges) and any “school that provides not less than a 1-year program of training to prepare students for gainful employment” (a vocational school). Within 8 years of the initial grant of status, the alien must prove only that they finished 2 years of a bachelor’s degree program, not that they completed any program or earned any degree.If the alien is unable to complete 2 years of college but can demonstrate that their removal would result in hardship to themselves or their U.S. citizen or LPR spouse, child, or parent, the education requirement can be waived altogether.7. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien serve in the military as a condition for amnesty, and There is ALREADY A Legal Process In Place For Illegal Aliens to Obtain U.S. Citizenship Through Military ServiceDREAM Act supporters would have you believe that illegal aliens who don’t go to college will earn their citizenship through service in the U.S. Armed Forces. However, the bill does not require aliens to join the U.S. Armed Forces (the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard); instead it requires enlistment in the “uniformed services.” This means that aliens need only go to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or Public Health Service for 2 years to get U.S. citizenship. If the alien is unable to complete 2 years in the “uniformed services,” and can demonstrate that their removal would result in hardship to themselves or their U.S. citizen or LPR spouse, child, or parent, the military service requirement can be waived altogether. Such claims will likely engender much litigation and place a huge burden on DHS.Furthermore, under current law (10 USC a7 504), the Secretary of Defense can authorize the enlistment of illegal aliens. Once enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, under 8 USC a7 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months.8. Despite Their Current Illegal Status, DREAM Act Aliens Will Be Given All The Rights That Legal Immigrants Receive—Including The Legal Right To Sponsor Their Parents and Extended Family Members For ImmigrationUnder current federal law, U.S. citizens have the right to immigrate their “immediate relatives” to the U.S. without regard to numerical caps. Similarly, lawful permanent residents can immigrate their spouses and children to the U.S. as long as they retain their status. This means illegal aliens who receive amnesty under the DREAM Act will have the right to immigrate their family members—including the parents who sent for or brought them to the U.S. illegally in the first place—in unlimited numbers as soon as they become U.S. citizens (6 to 8 years after enactment) and are 21 years of age.Additionally, amnestied aliens who become U.S. citizens will be able to petition for their adult siblings living abroad to immigrate to the U.S., further incentivizing chain migration and potentially illegal entry into the United States (for those who don’t want to wait for the petition process overseas). When an adult brother or sister receives a green card, the family (spouse and children) of the adult sibling receive green cards as well.9. Current Illegal Aliens Will Get Federal Student Loans, Federal Work Study Programs, and Other Forms of Federal Financial AidSection 10 of the DREAM Act allows illegal aliens amnestied under the bill’s provisions to qualify for federal student assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.) in the form of federal student loans (Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans), federal work-study programs, and other federal education services such as tutoring and counseling.10. DHS Is Prohibited From Using the Information Provided By Illegal Aliens Whose DREAM Act Amnesty Applications Are Denied To Initiate Their Removal Proceedings or Investigate or Prosecute Fraud in the Application ProcessWhen an illegal alien’s DREAM Act amnesty application is denied, the bill states that the alien will revert to their “previous immigration status,” which is likely illegal or deportable. The bill, however, prohibits using any of the information contained in the amnesty application (name, address, length of illegal presence that the alien admits to, etc) to initiate a removal proceeding or investigate or prosecute fraud in the application process. Thus, it will be extremely hard for DHS to remove aliens who they now know are illegally present in the U.S., because illegal aliens will be able to claim that the legal action is a product of the amnesty application, and DHS will have the nearly impossible task of proving a negative.

Cristina

Neal,Jackie Junti sent me one of your articles. I write for RheaForums.com. Would you care if I coiepd some of your articles, of course, I'll give you full credit.1963 Supreme Court decision given to the atheist O'Hare taking prayer, Bible Reading and The Ten Commandments have ruined the Public School System. This case needs REVERSED.Public schools are a LOCAL issue, 9th Amendment, State and FEDS have taken advantage of this with the nefarious Grant System (ie Federal Revenue Sharing Legislation of 1965, REPEAL). Local County School Boards are now rubber stamps for these nefarious grants and wicked rules, regulations and mandates that come with the money.Our Public School Systems were to teach the young people our Christian History and Heritage. What do we have in Public Schools today?????? No Civics classes, atheism, and promotion of the most horrible textbooks that aren't worth the paper they are written on.Look at the bunch at these Occupy rallies. No clue to our Christian Foundations and the wonderful quotes that you use in your writings. ThanksFor God & CountryRuth Ann Wilson

Nadine

Writing is only the expression of what is on my mind. I excisree my mind by reading, and just like any other muscle, it grows in ability to compile facts and organize thoughts. I have devoted most of my free time to reading the writings of our nation's founders. Some people tell my I probably have a better understanding of what the Constitution means that do those who hold office.

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