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senate Bill S. 491

Should There Be Trade Between the U.S. and Cuba?

Argument in favor

The trade embargo against Cuba hasn’t been effective at forcing the communist country to change its regime and embrace democracy. Opening up trade between the U.S. and Cuba would help them recognize their need to reform.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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11/12/2015
"I think it's fine. I think it's fine, but we should have made a better deal. The concept of opening with Cuba is fine." [cnn.com]
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Tafinzer's Opinion
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03/09/2017
This bill should be brought back before Congress and voted on. Cuba is a communist nation free-trade would be a good step towards helping an oppressed people and perhaps opening capitalist opportunity.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/03/2015
The US should attempt to have a positive relation with Cuba, and this is one way of doing so.
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Argument opposed

Cuba is still one of the most repressive countries on the planet, and while opening up trade ties between the U.S. and Cuba might benefit the Cuban people in the short-term — it could allow the Castro regime to retain power.

Loraki's Opinion
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11/14/2015
While it MIGHT help the oppressed people of Cuba, it would UNDOUBTEDLY help their Communist masters. I'm against any measures that would bolster the power of such a regime. I VOTE NAY!
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Jeannette 's Opinion
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04/13/2017
I was against Bill Clinton opening trade with China. Any country that oppresses their people should not be embraced. However opening the China door is another example of the Democrats embracing communist. I hope it's noted that the right stands on the side of shutting these doors until their leaders recognize humanitarian practices being applied. Communist country's benefits mainly those in control. We've seen a slight benefit of citizens (illusion), increases the workforce increasing the coffer of their government (reality). It's not really a wonder to why democrats admire the communist, they've embraced the total authority over all. The people that follow self have a consciousness of rising up to a "god" stature. Drunk on the illusion of power.
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Bob's Opinion
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04/13/2017
Continue the trade embargo until Cuba releases all political prisoners and has an open free election. Another requirement is freedom of religion and release of all ladies in white. Citizens rights must be restored and governmental power be restricted.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 12th, 2015
    Yes.
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    Human dignity and rights trump their own governments evil behaviors! Protect the citizens first! Punish the evil government into treating their populations effectively decently!!!
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    Trade is always and every where a good thing. This is good for Cuba and good for us. The embargo had gone on for decades and has done nothing to meet its stated goals - it had only harmed the Cuban people and those Americans who would like to trade with Cuba.
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    If there's anything we should have learned recently, it's that keeping countries in poverty is more the key to keeping them under repressive regimes.
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    The government shouldn't tell private individuals who they can trade or associate with.
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    Trade always helps relations.
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    In times of rising populist tendencies, we need to show respect towards other nations, especially those within our own continent. Cuba is a very different place now and should be more open, a resolution that will be mutually beneficial.
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    Cuba should be welcomed into the family of neighboring trading partners.
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    Trade ties should be restored, but coupled to perceptible progress in respect for human rights in Cuba.
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    Absolutely. 50 years of embargo has been ineffective in destroying communism in Cuba. The way to effect change is through closer relations in trade, tourism, intellectual exchanges, and more open flow of information.
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    Sanctions don't work, they punish the people, not the government.
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    After almost 60 years it time to take down all the barriers to this island nation
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    The United States must leverage influence with Cuba for the sake of human rights and a more just world.
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    It's time for the embargo to end. Having just visited Cuba in December, it's clear that the people being affected most by the embargo are not the Cuban officials but the Cuban people. And it's time this generation of Cuba knows of a good relations with their closest neighbor.
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    The process has started under President Obama to make the Cuban ordinary people lives better with tourism eventually more traded will follow and should help uplifting the people lives. These are some ways to keep the people moving toward a free society .
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    We should look to help and keep Close ties with our Neighbors, make them our allies even if we don't think the same we should look to always work thru our Differences and look at the bigger picture
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    No. There have been, and still are too many like minded actors in the Caribbean theatre that resemble the Castro regime. Venezuela as an example...
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    The only ones suffering are the poor people.
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    We trade with China, which has an equally "questionable" past. How their government is run is not our business, and it is not our job to pass judgement upon their system, given the fact that we have some pretty glaring issues with treatment of many groups of citizens within our borders. If it's about economics, let's do it, and leave the cultural imperialism in the past.
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    The embargo stands until their communist government ceded power to us.
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