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Should the U.S. open up business opportunities by lifting its trade embargo against the island nation of Cuba?

  • Respect prosperity freedom

    Only way People's of Cuba will ever see the light is to take Cuba's hand and honor their opinions but at same time show live not hate to their people. Our political system is totally broke as republicans lock hands good or bad then do nothing. Here the should vote yes as Cold War is long over, some running for president claim they are religious but then they always speek with hate. Republicans please wake up as your leaving us NO choice at president and now at Congress. Stop doing your stupid things and vote Y E S here. Show us you can do good!!!!!

  • Trade with Cuba should be re-opened

    When the trade embargo with Cuba was put in to place, there were good reasons for it. We were safeguarding our interests by denying a militant communist regime, backed by the former U.S.S.R. In this day and age, all the trade restrictions do is hurt the average citizen of Cuba. In my travels I've found the Cuban people to be some of the most hardworking fun-loving people on the planet.

  • support lifting the embargo

    Embargo hurts only the people not the government.It has been in place for 50 years with no result.On the other hand it has helped a lot a of the politicians n Florida have a role in us democracy.Instead of trying to starve people inside Cuba we should help and make sure there's cash flow in the country which somehow will bring about some democracy

  • The U.S. should open up business opportunities and lift its trade embargo on Cuba because to keep it hurts poor Cubans.

    The U.S. should end its trade embargo with Cuba and open up trade between the two countries because it will allow business to flourish. The trade embargo is currently harmful to residents of Cuba since it keeps them in poverty. For the United States to be a good neighbor, we should allow the Cuban people to make business deals with Americans.

    Posted by: SimplisticRoosevelt
  • Opening trade with Cuba will help expose that country to the more beneficial lifestyle that America offers.

    I am a big believer that the more the Cuban people see how America works, then the more they will want the same for themselves. Our trade embargo with Cuba is probably no longer beneficial, since Cuba is no longer trying to export revolution. I believe that the Cuban people would greatly benefit from more exposure to America and our way of life.

    Posted by: ddeathnote
  • It is ridiculous to continue to cut off Cuba, after so many decades of embargo, because it will never bring about a democratic government.

    It makes no sense to continue a trade embargo with one of our closest neighbors, because we don't like its government policies. Do we like China's policies? No, but we have a huge trade agreement with this nation, in spite of human rights violations. It's time to bury the hatchet and open up trade with Cuba, after over half a century of ignoring this country.

    Posted by: NettN355
  • Cuba has a thriving economy, and it is important that we lift our trade embargo to take advantage of that.

    Cuba has many goods that are desired by people here in this country, and we have many goods that they would like. This would provide a good trading opportunity for both nations and should be taken advantage of. Simply because Cuba is, and continues to be, a communist country, it does not mean that we shouldn't trade with them.

    Posted by: NauseatingAbdul53
  • Yes, there is no legitimate reason to embargo Cuba.

    There is no legitimate reason to continue imposing the embargo on Cuba. While it is not a completely free state, it is by no means among the worst nations in the world, and is better than many nations with which America does trade. The embargo is mired in ancient Cold War politics and was not very rational even then, but is irrelevant now. It is maintained now simply out of inertia and because there is a powerful voting bloc of Castro-hating Cuban emigres in Florida who would not vote for a politician who wanted to end the embargo.

    Posted by: tacomoon
  • Honestly I don't see the value of continued embargo of Cuba.

    While I don't agree with Communism as a form of government, I also don't believe that the people of Cuba are at fault. Their leaders are the ones who have foisted communism on them, and the only way they are likely to be able to get rid of that is if there is some measure of freedom in economic markets re-opened to them. Once they are able to start establishing stronger ties with open markets and freer governments then they are likely to begin to foment change on their own.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • Lifting the trade embargo against Cuba would be smart policy, because it is the fastest way to improve the lives of the Cuban people.

    The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba is a policy that is several decades out of date, and makes our country appear weak. Our policy reflects a time when Cuba was a part of the Soviet menace, right on the front porch or the U.S. mainland. It is now a poor neighbor, whose people are suffering under the rule of some faded revolutionaries. These revolutionaries can thank the hostile diplomatic stance of the U.S. for helping to give credibility to the revolutionaries, and thereby helping them maintain power. Dropping the trade embargo would be the fastest way to help the Cuban people, and to create strong political pressure for further normalization of relations and, as the experience of Central and Eastern Europe shows, for transition to a government that serves all the people of Cuba.

    Posted by: LuciaL
  • Cuba is a oppressed nation with considerable poverty that should be restricted to destabilize the government.

    The Cuban people deserve social freedoms and an increased standard of living, none of which will happen as long as the current government is in power. Cuba may have adequate health care, but that is about all the government of Cuba does well. The only way to weaken the Cuban government aside from outright war is with trade embargoes that will hopefully destabilize the Cuban government.

    Posted by: TlnAland
  • It would open opportunities for more American business to move to another country.

    Every country we have open trade with, our businesses close plants here, and then move to that country. That takes jobs away from Americans, so it doesn't help, but, instead, hurts the little people and lines the pockets of big businesses. If a tax and fine was imposed on companies that move to another country for cheaper labor and trade, then I would be open to it. It needs to benefit not only businesses, but the workers, too.

    Posted by: Ci3nInvader
  • The U.S. should not do business with Cuba, based on the long history of deceit we have with them.

    Cuba has continually caused problems for the United States. From the drug trade, that has flooded our streets with cocaine, to sending their criminals to terrorize our neighborhoods. We already have enough of a struggle with drugs and crime in America. To lift the trade embargo would only create more of the same.

    Posted by: ExoticCletus60
  • I do not think that America should lift the trade embargo, we needs to bring jobs back to America.

    I believe that since America has been doing business for/with other countries we have lost a lot of jobs. This is evident in the fact that the unemployment rate is so high right now. All of our jobs are being shipped to other countries, we need to start building and manufacturing American goods and services in America.

    Posted by: KaitlinF
  • At this point No, Cuba has not shown it is capable of being a diplomatic partner.

    At this point, No. Cuba has little need for imports, and would more than likely be just another source of exports to the United States. Along with this, Cuba's government cannot be trusted to maintain a fair currency balance, thus increasing the chance that goods exported from Cuba would experience severe price volatility.

    Posted by: SpoiledKris
  • No, I don't think we should open up business opportunities with Cuba, we should leave the embargo in place.

    The United States does not have a good relationship with Cuba considering the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs, and the Nixon scandal. There has been a lot of cold war era misfortune between our countries. I don't feel as though either side would be entirely warm to the other, and it is to my knowledge that a lot of illegal activities happen in Cuba, which is hard enough to prevent from crossing boarders, even with the embargo.

    Posted by: bambiroo24

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