A little sanity injected into our nation's Cuba policy? Oh, please let it be so!
A bipartisan group of senators predicted Tuesday that Congress was ready to pass legislation to allow all Americans to travel to Cuba.Only the Cuban-American lobby and its supporters remain unconvinced:
Removing the travel ban would produce a burst of tourism, create thousands of jobs and generate as much as $1.6 billion in business a year, an independent research group said.
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) strongly opposes the measure. He warned that flooding Cuba with tourists and dollars would only sustain the Castro regime.The Cuban revolution was in 1959. It is now 2009. That's fifty long years that angry Cuban ex-pats have been assuring the nation that restricting the rights of American citizens to travel where they see fit would bring Democracy to Cuba. They've had 50 years to try their experiment and have shown no results. I say it's high time we try something else. You can't bring free elections to Cuba by restricting freedom at home.