Paul Ryan's Past Support of Lifting Cuban Embargo Could Cause Problems in Miami-Dade

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It's one thing that Mitt Romney passed over Cuban-American Marco Rubio for Paul Ryan, but it's quite another that Ryan has a history of support for lifting the Cuban embargo. Ryan's flip-flopping voting record on the issue certainly has Miami talking on the day Romney comes to town.

Ryan arrived in Congress as an ideologue champion of free trade. In 2001 and 2004 he voted twice to lift the Cuban embargo, but as his prominence in the party rose he conveniently aligned his voting record with a more mainstream Republican pro-embargo stance.

"He was a free-trader and we explained to him the human-rights and terrorist record of the Cuban dictatorship," former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart told Naked Politics. "His record ever since is one of a strong supporter for freedom in Cuba. He is a strong ally."

Indeed, since 2007 he has voted against easing restrictions on Cuba and cuts to a Cuban pro-democracy program.

Though, were these politically calculated votes or has he really changed his ideology? His public comments seem to suggest he's still a free-trader at heart.

"If we're going to have free trade with China, why not Cuba?" he asked The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in 2008 in an article about lifting the embargo.

Though, Cuban-American supporters of the Romney ticket are claiming that Ryan has done an ideological about-face (or, as many call it, a flip-flop), Ryan is still getting lauded for his anti-embargo past.

"One good thing about Paul Ryan on foreign policy: he voted repeatedly to repeal counterproductive #Cuba embargo," tweeted Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth.

"Over the past decade, Ryan has voted repeatedly in the House to overturn the most plainly idiotic part of current U.S. foreign policy, the maintenance of an embargo on Cuba," writes The Atlantic's James Fallows.

Apparently, Ryan's evolving stance on the issues lead "a handful of current and former Republican Cuban-American lawmakers, who didn't want to be identified for fear of bucking their own party" to blab to The Herald that they're still concerned about his stance.

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I'm indifferent on the embargo thing.   Let me just say, there are many Cubans in Miami that buy a lot of things here and then take them to Cuba to their relatives or to SELL. Yes, it happens everyday. Pounds and pounds of things, even bicycles, microwaves, lots of food, cellphones, clothes, you name it. So in a way, it's not a total embargo. It is legal for people to take things to Cuba. Thank God for those poor Cubans. At least something.


Well, look on the bright side, if the Embargo is lifted, imagine all the business we could do with Cuba, in Cuba....send McDonald's, open businesses, buy land, like in the 50's. Cruiselines would go over there. Car companies...that really need to expand, Grow Cigars, coffee, sugar!! Corn!!! So much fertile land just waiting! It's so close. Not much in transportation for the shipping. It would help our economy if Castro agreed to it. If they did that, it shows how desperate we are, since they know many are against it. We just have to believe they know best. I am not an economist, but I believe Romney & Ryan would make a thoughtful decision, including consulting with economists and others. Plus it would help those poor Cubans get jobs so they can eat and get continuous electricity including maybe some air conditioning. Sending jobs overseas? Why not with Cuba. Go Ryan!!!!! LOL  I think the Cold War with Cuba has ended. The Castros are not gonna let up to let their people vote, but recently, they are supposedly beginning to allow selling & buying land and opening of small businesses such as restaurants. Look it up. I saw a show on travel channel about it, LOL. I think it's showing Cuba may be moving in the right direction, even if it's just by a millimeter. lol Let it go!! The poor people of Cuba!

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Romney/Ryan =Tax Evasion Aholes+fox=GOP aka 1%

So how does a career politician get rich?  

answer  budgeting the budget on the backs of the middle class

Ryan is ambitious and doesn't care about the middle class. His sights are set much higher.

Ryan wants to raises taxes on the middle class, cut them for millionaires.

Ryan’s budget would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years.

Ryan has ownership stakes in companies that benefit from oil supports $40 billion in subsides for big oil.

Ryan accused generals of lying about their support for Obama’s military budget.

Ryan wants to eliminate Pell Grants for more more than 1 million students.

Ryan embraces the extreme philosophy of Ayn Rand

Ryan co-sponsored a “personhood” amendment, an extreme anti-abortion measure

Paul Ryan voted for the Iraq war.

He voted for Medicare Part D.

He voted for TARP.

He voted for the Bush Tax Cuts. Twice.

He also voted for the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, HR 5140.

Paul Ryan is not a deficit hawk, and he’s not a “serious budget cutter.” He’s a fake

George Romney resisted releasing a single year of taxes, arguing that it wouldn't present an accurate picture...but then he made a surprising offer: He would release the past 12 years of tax returns...That way, it wouldn't look like a stunt



 You're an idiot.... and a most Democrats and their lieing TV ADS.....eliminate Pell Grants? Give me a break! LMAO. Why did you feel you had to post this? Scared?  LOL Because all you probably care about is to vote for your party, for your own agenda, no matter who is running or what they are or are not doing, instead of looking at the big picture for the country as a whole, it's future, all of our future, and that of our children and grandchildren. Some just vote democrat just b/c of of one idea, such as maybe for gay marriage, or Roe vs Wade, which is obviously never going to be overturned anyway, so why not vote Republican when the country needs this....high unemployment, jobs going overseas, worst debt ever - Obama added trillions of dollars in debt. Did you check how Ryan voted on the other stimulus' after the 1st one? You probably did, since you want to seem thorough, but only wanted to mention that he voted yes on the 1st, b/c he didn't after that. Many of these dem politicians have a power trip & just want the power..for a hidden agenda or selfish ideas that most don't want...Obama. Yes, that's right, most dems are selfish and many try to act like they care about all but just have a hidden agenda. Don't forget the lobbyists and the campaign money they get from those who want certain laws to pass. People like you start talking crap to try to brainwash others to vote democrat for your own beneficial reasons.

It's the Republicans that have the big picture in mind, including ALL americans and what's best for ALL. Not everyone will be happy, but there's no way to satisfy everyone. It's what's best for the Country as a whole. By the way, I'm not anti-gay at all. I just see that as one example of some people wanting Obama only for that reason. I can bet you that's Rachel Maddow's agenda with all her dumb talk about any Republican ever.



 @VoteRomneytoHelpU.S.  @drakemallard Well if we trade with Cuba corporations and business will find the opportunity to move there seeking cheaper labor and again we will loose jobs again.  Don't you see that right now is not time to trade since our labor is more expensive than theirs... Yea MacDonalds and Cotsco etc will benefit but not the middle class that is jobless.  Cutting taxes won't help either because corps. based their businesses on oportunity, supply and demand, and never on how many people they can employ with more tax return.  I believe they stop paying taxes after a certain amount but you can check that for me and not sure they pay taxes on the overseas business they have.



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