WSJ's Opinion Journal on Baldacci/Cuba

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WSJ's Opinion Journal on Baldacci/Cuba

Seeing No Evil in Cuba

U.S. farmers are making the most of a law passed by Congress in 2000 that allows food to be sold to the island on a cash basis, despite the trade embargo the U.S. imposed four decades ago. ...

Maine's Democratic Governor John Baldacci was in Cuba earlier this month to sign a $20 million trade deal that will benefit his state's apple, potato and dairy farmers.

I certainly don't support withholding food from the Cuban people, especially since no U.S. government export subsidies are involved. But the visits of Governor Baldacci and the U.S. wheat exporters struck a jarring note with Cuban dissidents, especially given that so many Americans seem unwilling to express any sort of support for Cuban human rights.

Consider that this month marked the observance of International Human Rights Day by Cuban dissidents in Havana. The Ladies in White, a group of wives whose spouses have been imprisoned for political crimes, lodged an appeal for clemency with the Castro regime that fell on deaf ears. In addition, Cuba remains one of only seven nations on the State Department's list of nations that sponsor terrorism. The State Department accuses Cuba of bankrolling terrorist groups and sheltering members of Basque and Colombian terrorist organizations.

But none of that seemed to concern Governor Baldacci or the U.S. wheat farmers during their visits. ...

During his private visit with Fidel Castro, Governor Baldacci told reporters he only traded anecdotes about dairy cows, while his spokesman told the Bangor Daily News that his trip had "everything to do with Maine's economy and nothing to do with politics." ...

Mr. Baldacci is thinking of putting another trade mission to Cuba on the government's calendar for April. No doubt the Ladies in White will still be there silently marching in support of their husbands' release. It's just as likely that Maine officials won't find time to meet with them in between their trade deals.

-- John Fund

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WSJ's Opinion Journal on Baldacci/Cuba

Baldacci and the left wing supporters of his should be ashamed of themselves. It is one thing to give the common people potatos and apples, it is quite another for the governor to clink glasses with the likes of Castro. Even the left wing Lewiston Sun deplored his visit. :(

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Excellent find,
thanks

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[quote="Freedom, Soar."]During his private visit with Fidel Castro, Governor Baldacci told reporters he only traded anecdotes about dairy cows, while his spokesman told the Bangor Daily News that his trip had "everything to do with Maine's economy and nothing to do with politics." ...
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"Si, Comrade Castro, I used to milk the cows for everything they had. I now use that skill on my minions, errr, taxpaying Maine citizens..."

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And he's lost none of his barn-cleaning abilities in the process, we see.....

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WSJ's Opinion Journal on Baldacci/Cuba

The only difference is that now he uses a gilded shovel.....

I'm dying to know if he addressed Castro as "Comrade".

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I remember a time when I was proud to say I was from Maine. This clown is turning it into an embarassment.

His entire 4 years has been a ride on the Socialism Express. And now before we hopefully boot him out, he plans a couple of little vacations with his role model.

Makes me want to puke.

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