President of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Which Has Endorsed Joni Ernst is in Cuba Pushing the Lifting of Embargo. Why it Should Concern You.

by Isabel Matos

Humberto Fontova wrote an excellent piece on why the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Donohue’s visit to Cuba should raise concerns if not a red flag for most Americans (full article follows commentary below). joni

First, let’s cover Joni Ernst whose primary is June 3rd.  Joni Ernst was recently endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce. It is my understanding (to be confirmed) that to receive an endorsement from the Chamber of Commerce a candidate must agree to amnesty. That would not be good news for any of us who are against the legalization of illegals (or undocumented Democrats).  

No candidate is perfect. That is understood, but WHY would Joni Ernst, who was up by 16 points in a PPP poll May 21st and 18 points in the Iowa Poll May 24-30th want or need an endorsement from a known anti-small business organization like the Chamber of Commerce? I am hoping that it is because she is relatively new to politics and she’s painting with a broad brush all endorsements as being a good thing for a campaign – that or she has compromised herself already but it is still too soon to know.
romney and joni
joni and rubio

Luckily not all voters see this distinction but nothing good can come from an endorsement from the Chamber of Commerce. It may taint your image as a fresh face and reformer (how are you going to make them squeal if you’re already making deals behind our backs?), tilt the election in favor of the Democrat or make yourself the target of needless corruption later on. It’s just unsavory and unwise for this candidate to accept anything from them at this point or at all, but it’s her race to lose. We gave her the momentum she needed.

You start to see this pattern in almost every race. It is more than just a bad vibe or about taking credit. It’s about the GOPe “owning” these candidates with their power and money. When Scott Walker won in Wisconsin two years ago, the RNC had just finished sending him a lot of money to pay for ads (just like in this case) in the last days of his campaign.  After his victory  (I remember it well as I made a big fuss over it) Sarah Palin acknowledged the people of Wisconsin for his win.  She got it. The GOPe on the other hand congratulated itself for the win.  We are two worlds apart. Scott Walker was one of the boys from Wisconsin. He was “claimed” by the RNC – recruited.  He is for immigration reform as well.

To defeat ANY AND ALL LIBERAL DEMOCRATS in the Fall we must be unified, but when the GOPe talks about unifying against Obama and the left it really means “we just want to stay in power”.  It means they will use these victories to raise more funds FOR THEMSELVES not us. When Sarah Palin talks about unity, I trust her to mean we will ALL be part of the political process.

Thanks to Sarah positioning herself consistently on behalf of the people – she has repeatedly told the GOPe they have to unite with US (the tea party – the ‘taxed enough already’ movement), not the other way around, we are seeing how the GOPe has had to come to US and pretend to be conservative to win primaries. Because of that I am confident, not alarmed that even though the possibility of corruption by a candidate may be taking place this early on in the game (let’s face it, she has not even won a primary yet), it is part of the learning process for us as we experience politics up close for the first time. We are learning the ropes and seeing how Rinos compete and play dirty, observing how their possibly nefarious ties and tactics tempt our candidates at any stage.

Joni is not alone. The Ben Sasse honeymoon lasted about five minutes for me. I decided not to post information I had until AFTER the election because I want these candidates to win. I will root for them as well because I am confident that after all is said and done, Sarah will emerge as the “cleanest one of all” in 2016.

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Here is the article IN FULL by Humberto Fontova. I did not edit a single word so that you may have a clear picture and background of the reasons for having an embargo against the Cuban government and why having ties with the president of the CoC who OPPOSES IT is not a good thing for Americans. You decide: Thomas DONOHUE is Either An Idiot or A Scoundrel. Enjoy:

“The reforms under Raul Castro’s government demonstrate that Cuban leaders understand that direct economic investment can be a powerful tool for economic development,” proclaimed Donahue to another ovation from his communist audience.

Oh, Cuba’s Stalinist kleptocracy understands this alright. But this “economic development” via foreign investment exclusively benefits the tiny Stalinist nomenklatura that has run Cuba since 1959—and enthusiastically hosted Thomas Donahue this week. All foreign trade with “Cuba” is still conducted exclusively with the Stalinist regime—no exceptions. In fact private property rights still do not exist in Cuba, much less an independent judiciary and the rule of law.

According to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. has transacted almost $4 billion in trade with Cuba over the past decade. Up until four years ago, the U.S. served as Stalinist Cuba’s biggest food supplier and fifth biggest import partner. We’ve fallen a few notches recently but we’re still in the top half.

For over a decade the so-called U.S. embargo, so disparaged by Thomas Donahue, has mostly stipulated that Castro’s Stalinist regime pay cash up front through a third–party bank for all U.S. agricultural products; no Ex-Im (U.S. taxpayer) financing of such sales. And that’s the catch with Donahue’s gracious hosts. They’re desperate to abolish that provision.

Enacted by the Bush team in 2001, this cash-up-front policy has been monumentally beneficial to U.S. taxpayers, making them among the few in the world not screwed and tattooed by the Castro regime, which per capita-wise qualifies as the world’s biggest debtor nation, with a foreign debt estimated at $50 billion, a credit rating nudging Somalia’s and an uninterrupted record of defaults. Standard & Poors refuses even to rate Cuba, regarding the economic figures released by its Stalinist apparatchiks as utterly bogus. Just this year the Russians wrote off almost $30 billion Castro still owed them.

Regarding the disconnect seen above between historic truth and Castroite propaganda, what we have here, amigos, is not a “failure to communicate.” Instead it’s perfect communication– between Castro’s propaganda ministry and the U.S. media (and “business leaders”) to whom they issue press bureaus and visas, after careful vetting. These latter amply live up to their side of the bargain, “reporting” exactly what Castro wants them to report.

A Spanish businessman named Fernandez Gonzalez has an interesting story that might serve as an education for Thomas Donahue, or for those who might fall for his siren song, as composed by the kleptocratic Castro brothers:

“A few years ago, I created in the Hemingway Marina, a tourist zone near Havana, a bar/restaurant…then during a farce that would not hold water in any Western judicial system — my business was taken from me and I became “an enemy of the people.” Today, I remain U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue was barely finished calling for the further impoverishment of American workers (i.e. “immigration reform”) when he shows up as a guest of Cuba’s Stalinist regime and gives a speech at the University of Havana calling for a further fleecing of American taxpayers (i.e. ending the so-called Cuba embargo.)

“For years, the US Chamber of Commerce has demanded that our government eliminate the commercial embargo on Cuba. It’s time for a new approach,” proclaimed Donohue this week to an ovation from communist apparatchiks, some who in 1960 stormed into almost 6000 U.S. owned businesses (worth almost $ 2 billion at the time) and stole them all at Soviet gunpoint.

A few American business-owners resisted. One of these was Howard Anderson who owned a filling stations and Jeep dealership (not a casino or brothel, which were relatively rare in pre-Castro Cuba, by the way.) I’ll quote from Anderson v. Republic of Cuba, No. 01-28628 (Miami-Dade Circuit Court, April 13, 2003). “In one final session of torture, Castro’s agents drained Howard Anderson’s body of blood before sending him to his death at the firing squad.”

The Inter-American Law Review classifies Castro’s mass burglary of U.S. property as “the largest uncompensated taking of American property by a foreign government in history.” Rubbing his hands and snickering in triumphant glee, Castro boasted at maximum volume to the entire world that he was freeing Cuba from “Yankee economic slavery!” (Che Guevara’s term, actually) and that “he would never repay a penny!”

This is the only promise Fidel Castro has ever kept in his life. Hence the imposition of the Cuba embargo, not that you’d know any of this from the mainstream media, much less from Thomas Donohue.

The burglarized (and often brutalized) American owners filed those property claims against Castro’s regime with the U.S. government.

They’re worth $7 billion today–and must be settled before the so called embargo is lifted. This settlement provision for lifting the embargo was codified into U.S. law in 1996 by the Helms-Burton act, which means only Congress can lift the embargo, obviously after a vote. But the votes are not there.

Shouldn’t the President of an outfit like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce be aware of this? Or is Donohue calling for more of Obama’s “executive overreach?”

“The reforms under Raul Castro’s government demonstrate that Cuban leaders understand that direct economic investment can be a powerful tool for economic development,” proclaimed Donahue to another ovation from his communist audience.

Oh, Cuba’s Stalinist kleptocracy understands this alright. But this “economic development” via foreign investment exclusively benefits the tiny Stalinist nomenklatura that has run Cuba since 1959—and enthusiastically hosted Thomas Donahue this week. All foreign trade with “Cuba” is still conducted exclusively with the Stalinist regime—no exceptions. In fact private property rights still do not exist in Cuba, much less an independent judiciary and the rule of law.

According to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. has transacted almost $4 billion in trade with Cuba over the past decade. Up until four years ago, the U.S. served as Stalinist Cuba’s biggest food supplier and fifth biggest import partner. We’ve fallen a few notches recently but we’re still in the top half.

For over a decade the so-called U.S. embargo, so disparaged by Thomas Donahue, has mostly stipulated that Castro’s Stalinist regime pay cash up front through a third–party bank for all U.S. agricultural products; no Ex-Im (U.S. taxpayer) financing of such sales. And that’s the catch with Donahue’s gracious hosts. They’re desperate to abolish that provision.

Enacted by the Bush team in 2001, this cash-up-front policy has been monumentally beneficial to U.S. taxpayers, making them among the few in the world not screwed and tattooed by the Castro regime, which per capita-wise qualifies as the world’s biggest debtor nation, with a foreign debt estimated at $50 billion, a credit rating nudging Somalia’s and an uninterrupted record of defaults. Standard & Poors refuses even to rate Cuba, regarding the economic figures released by its Stalinist apparatchiks as utterly bogus. Just this year the Russians wrote off almost $30 billion Castro still owed them.

Regarding the disconnect seen above between historic truth and Castroite propaganda, what we have here, amigos, is not a “failure to communicate.” Instead it’s perfect communication– between Castro’s propaganda ministry and the U.S. media (and “business leaders”) to whom they issue press bureaus and visas, after careful vetting. These latter amply live up to their side of the bargain, “reporting” exactly what Castro wants them to report.

A Spanish businessman named Fernandez Gonzalez has an interesting story that might serve as an education for Thomas Donahue, or for those who might fall for his siren song, as composed by the kleptocratic Castro brothers:

“A few years ago, I created in the Hemingway Marina, a tourist zone near Havana, a bar/restaurant…then during a farce that would not hold water in any Western judicial system — my business was taken from me and I became “an enemy of the people.” Today, I remain deprived, without recourse, of the property that I steadfastly and honorably worked to create for many years. I don’t want other foreign investors, who travel to Cuba under some siren song to suffer the same fate as I did. Thus I recommend, I beg, that you don’t contribute with your money and knowledge to shore-up Cuba’s dictatorship… Because there is not the slightest judicial guarantee. There is no Rule of Law that protects investors, nor anyone else. In Cuba, what prevails are not rights, but the will and whim of those who govern. The same thing that happened to business owners at the beginning of the revolution can happen, and does happen, to today’s investors and businessmen.”
One fine morning in February 2009 the Castro brothers woke up and decided to freeze $1 billion that 600 foreign companies kept in Cuban bank accounts. Another fine morning in April 2012 the Cuban regime arrested the top officers of Britain-based Coral Capital that had invested $75 million in the Castro brothers’ fiefdom and was planning four and luxurious golf resorts. These hapless (greedy, unprincipled and stupid, actually) businessmen find themselves with no more recourse to law than the millions of Cubans and Americans who had their businesses and savings stolen en masse in August of 1960 by Castro’s gunmen.

After all, Che Guevara who served as Cuba’s “Finance Minister” during the initial mass burglaries of Cuban and U.S. owned properties explained the regime’s legal guidelines very succinctly in January 1959, when he served as chief hangman. “Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail. We execute (and jail and torture and steal) based on Revolutionary conviction.”

 

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