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Trump and Obama Have Very Different Views On Castro’s Death

If you need to see the difference in how Trump and Obama view the legacy of brutal dictators, look no further than their statement marking the death of former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.

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Fidel Castro died last week at the age of 90. He has ruled Cuba with an iron fist for decades but Obama couldn’t bring himself to criticize him. Instead, Obama said,

“history will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”

Trump on the other-hand slammed the dictator.

“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

Their full statements reveal how the two men see good and evil.

The White house statement,

Statement by the President on the Passing of Fidel Castro

At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.

For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.

Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
And the statement from President-elect Donald Trump,

President-Elect Donald J. Trump Statement

“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

“While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

“Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”

Obama Listens to Castro, Changes American Foreign Policy without Consulting Congress

By – Onan Coca
Do you still really not believe that President Obama thinks and acts as if he is some kind of banana-republic dictator?

Just a couple of weeks ago Obama told the nation that he would unilaterally change our immigration laws, precedent be damned. Now, acting on the advice of a REAL third-world dictator, he is moving to change our legal relationship with a nation that we’ve not had normal relations with in some 60 years. Against the advice of Congress (which would never give the President the go-ahead to normalize relations with Cuba) and with pressure from Raul Castro, the President is swapping prisoners with Cuba and reestablishing relations with them.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) stood up and took the lead on condemning the White House for their decision to normalize relations with Cuba.

It’s absurd and it’s part of a long record of coddling dictators and tyrants that this administration has established.” — Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Rubio later added in a written statement that, “Appeasing the Castro brothers will only cause other tyrants from Caracas to Tehran to Pyongyang to see that they can take advantage of President Obama’s naiveté during his final two years in office. As a result, America will be less safe as a result of the President’s change in policy. When America is unwilling to advocate for individual liberty and freedom of political expression 90 miles from our shores, it represents a terrible setback for the hopes of all oppressed people around the globe.”

Castro Loves ObamaIt wasn’t just Republicans speaking out against the move; the Cuban-American Democrats in Congress roundly attacked the White House too. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) spoke for them when he said,

“President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government. There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation. One spy was also convicted of conspiracy to murder for his role in the 1996 tragedy in which the Cuban military shot down two U.S. civilian planes, killing several American citizens. My heart goes out to the American families that lost love ones on that fateful day. Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms.”

Read more at http://eaglerising.com/12809/obama-listens-castro-changes-american-foreign-policy-without-consulting-congress/#Tmv1VbyZ1l5pOoxW.99

ARE BILLIONS OF MEDICARE DOLLARS GOING TO CASTRO’S CUBA?

by WYNTON HALL

The same federal government that wants to take over the U.S. healthcare system may also be the same federal government who is unwittingly funneling billions of Medicare and Medicaid dollars to Castro’s Cuba.
So worry Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) in a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid.
From the Washington Examiner:
“Clearly, the program vulnerabilities that facilitate billions of dollars to be stolen from the Medicare program each year also allow for some of that money to be funneled to foreign countries,” the three congressmen said.
“While the fraud itself is unacceptable, the loss of American dollars to foreign countries because of flaws in our system is totally unacceptable. The American people deserve the peace of mind to know that federal officials are doing everything they can to safeguard taxpayers’ dollars and the Medicare program.”
“Thus far, it does not appear that CMS has addressed the concept of nominee owners, false storefronts, and shell companies in any of its enrollment regulations or its Provider Screening statement of work,” they said.
At issue is whether fraudsters are using so-called “nominees” to pose as companies that would receive Medicare and Medicaid dollars and then shuttle them outside the United States.
Last week, the Miami Herald reported one case of an alleged Medicare scam “involving 70 Florida companies and more than $70 million of fraudulent billings” that “ended up in Cuba.”
Alicia O. Valle, special counsel to the U.S Attorney, says “there is no allegation and we have no evidence that the Cuban government is involved in this case.”

Obama is behaving like Fidel Castro, and for good reason

By Jeffery Klein
Ever since Monday, when President Barack Obama openly challenged the authority of the “unelected members” of the U.S. Supreme Court, which now holds sway over Obamacare, the first image that came to mind was Fidel Castro–whose rule as Dictator is the longest in modern Latin American history.

The result of considerable research on Wikipedia, followed by simple comparative analysis of their life-stages, shows that Obama’s background is so remarkably parallel to Castro’s, suggesting that the similarity in impression is very understandable.

To begin with, both men were born in “non-traditional” family circumstances that carried a “social stigma” during the era of their birth.

Fidel Castro was born in Spain, whose father Angel was born into a peasant family but became a wealthy farmer. Angel separated from his [first] wife, but did not divorce. Then, after several years Angel began a relationship with a household servant thirty years his junior, Lina Ruz González, who came from an impoverished Cuban family. Nonetheless, she became Ángel’s “domestic partner”, and bore him three sons and four daughters.
Fidel was Lina’s third child, born at his father’s farm on August 13, 1926–but given his mother’s surname of Ruz, rather than his father’s–because he had been born out of wedlock, which carried a severe social stigma at the time, in heavily Roman Catholic Spain.

When Fidel was just six years old, he and his elder siblings were sent to live with their teacher in Santiago de Cuba. At eight years old, after being baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, he bounced around several schools, due to his misbehavior, including the La Salle boarding school in Santiago, then the privately-funded, Jesuit-run Dolores School in Santiago.

Angel Castro finally dissolved his first marriage when Fidel was fifteen, allowing him to marry Fidel’s mother, Lina. Afterwards, Castro formally recognized Fidel when he was seventeen, legally changing his surname from Ruz to Castro.

In late 1945, Castro began studying law at the University of HavanaHere he became immediately embroiled in the student protest movement, and becoming passionate about anti-imperialism, connecting with several leftist student groups at the time.

Then, in 1947, Castro joined a newly founded socialist group, the Party of the Cuban People, formed by veteran politician Eduardo Chibás, who was a charismatic figure that attracted many [working class] Cubans with his message of social justice, honest government, and political freedom. Castro, considered Chibás his mentor.

Castro moved even further to the left in his political views, influenced by the writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin, leading him to believe that capitalism, or the “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie,” was causing the societal problems in Cuba, rather than the failings of corrupt politicians.

The Marxist idea that true political change could only be brought about by a revolution led by the working class, consumed Castro, and he set about visiting Havana’s poorest neighbourhoods, witnessing the nation’s huge social and racial inequalities, and became active in the University Committee for the Struggle against Racial Discrimination.

To make a long story short, Havana fell to the “revolution” on January 2, 1959, and Castro entered Santiago, to accept their surrender, and gave a speech to the assembled crowds independence from the Spanish Empire. He also praised the role that women had played, and proclaimed that they would have equal rights in the new Cuba.

Castro immediately became a heroic, “Christ-like figure” and wearing a medallion of the Virgin Mary, with cheering crowds meeting him at every town on his way to Havana. Along the way he gave speeches, press conferences and interviews–as U.S. and other foreign reporters noted that the public adulation of Castro was on an unprecedented scale.

In 1961, using Marxism-Leninism as his guiding ideology, Castro proclaimed the socialist nature of the Cuban revolution, followed in 1965 by becoming First Secretary of the newly founded Communist Party–abolishing all other parties.

He then transformed Cuba into a Socialist republic by nationalizing industry, then introducing free healthcare and education to everyone, while suppressing any opposition.

In their book, Corruption in Cuba, Sergio Diaz-Briquets and Jorge F. Pérez-López Servando state that Castro “institutionalized” corruption and that “Castro’s state-run monopolies, cronyism, and lack of accountability have made Cuba one of the world’s most corrupt states.”

Castro established the “Comandante’s reserves” in 1970, from which he allegedly “provided gifts to many of his cronies, both home and abroad”. Gonzalez asserts that Comandante’s reserves have been linked to counterfeiting business empires and money laundering.

Finally, Leycester Coltman’s book, entitled The Real Fidel Castro (2003), described Castro as being “fiercely hard-working, dedicated[,] loyal… generous and magnanimous,” but also noted that he could be “vindictive and unforgiving” at times.

Coltman noted that Castro “always had a keen sense of humour and could laugh at himself,” but could also be “a bad loser,” reacting with “ferocious rage if he thought that he was being humiliated.”

Now, for the contemporary mirror image…

Briefly, Barack Obama was the product of an interractial marriage between a white American women and a black Kenyan man in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Obama’s parents, met in 1960, married on February 2, 1961, separated shortly after Obama’s birth, finally divorcing in 1964.

Obama Sr. visited Barack only once, in Hawaii, in 1971, and died in a 1982 car accident.

After her divorce, Obama’s mother married Indonesian Lolo Soetoro, a foreign student in Hawaii; but, in 1967, he had to return to Indonesia, so Barack moved with them, from age six to ten, attending local schools in Jakarta.

In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, and attended a private college preparatory school, from fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979.

Obama’s mother returned to Hawaii in 1972, remaining there until 1977, after which she returned to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker, until she returned to Hawaii 17 years later, in 1994. She died of ovarian cancer one year later.

Obama has written about having struggled as a young adult to reconcile the social perceptions of his multiracial heritage, and has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years, to “push questions of who I was out of my mind.”

Barack Obama attended prestigious Columbia University in New York, then Harvard Law, where he became involved in leftist organizations, and identified strongly with people like Saul Alinsky, the “father” of Community Organizing.

After graduation, Obama became obsessed with the working poor, as a Community Organizer on the South Side of Chicago, taught University level classes related to Constitutional law, working briefly at a law firm, and then entered politics on the state level, quickly rising to the national level, where he earned the designation as the most Liberal member of Congress.

He has been labeled “the Messiah,” because of the charisma that he uses to entrance people, selling them on the idea of having equal outcomes, sharply implying wealth re-distribution, espousing a hatred for those who have worked hard and earned, while disregarding the law wherever it suits.

Obama is committed to remaking the United States into his own [failed] vision of socialism, by fostering an uprising of class warfare, racial discord and his latest invention–the Republican “war on women,” through any means at his disposal–no doubt including a “social revolution.”

In the end, it seems that Fidel Castro and Barack Obama share a psychological telltale–they both exhibit irrefutable symptoms of Aggressive Narcissism, which include superficial charm, grandiose sense of importance, pathological lying, lack of remorse, are manipulative, and unable to accept responsibility for their own actions.

Deliver us all from evil and socialism in November 2012.

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Someone Tell Soros and Obama – Fidel Castro says Cuba’s Communism Not Working

HAVANA — Cuba’s communist economic model has come in for criticism from an unlikely source: Fidel Castro.

The revolutionary leader told a visiting American journalist and a U.S.-Cuba policy expert that the island’s state-dominated system is in need of change, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has taken pains to steer clear of local issues since illness forced him to step down as president four years ago.

The fact that things are not working efficiently on this cash-strapped Caribbean island is hardly news. Fidel’s brother Raul, the country’s president, has said the same thing repeatedly. But the blunt assessment by the father of Cuba’s 1959 revolution is sure to raise eyebrows.

Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, asked Castro if Cuba’s economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Castro replied: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.

The Cuban government had no immediate comment on Goldberg’s account. a Cuba expert at the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations who accompanied Goldberg on the trip, confirmed

The Cuban leader’s comment, which he made at a private lunch last week.

She told The Associated Press she took the remark to be in line with Raul Castro’s call for gradual but widespread reform.

“It sounded consistent with the general consensus in the country now, up to and including his brother’s position,” Sweig said.

In general, she said she found the 84-year-old Castro to be “relaxed, witty, conversational and quite accessible.”

“He has a new lease on life, and he is taking advantage of it,” Sweig said.

Castro stepped down temporarily in July 2006 due to a serious illness that nearly killed him.

He resigned permanently two years later, but remains head of the Communist Party. After staying almost entirely out of the spotlight for four years, he re-emerged in July and now speaks frequently about international affairs. He has been warning for weeks of the threat of a nuclear war over Iran.

But the ex-president has said very little about Cuba and its politics, perhaps to limit the perception he is stepping on his brother’s toes.

Goldberg, who traveled to Cuba at Castro’s invitation last week to discuss a recent Atlantic article he wrote about Iran’s nuclear program, also reported on Tuesday that Castro questioned his own actions during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, including his recommendation to Soviet leaders that they use nuclear weapons against the United States.

Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, Cuba has clung to its communist system.

The state controls well over 90 percent of the economy, paying workers salaries of about $20 a month in return for free health care and education, and nearly free transportation and housing. At least a portion of every citizen’s food needs are sold to them through ration books at heavily subsidized prices.

Cuba says much of its suffering is caused by the 48-year-old U.S. trade embargo. The economy has also been slammed by the global economic downturn, a drop in nickel prices and the fallout from three devastating hurricanes that hit in quick succession in 2008. Corruption and inefficiency have exacerbated problems.

As president, Raul Castro has instituted a series of limited economic reforms, and has warned Cubans that they need to start working harder and expecting less from the government. But the president has also made it clear he has no desire to depart from Cuba’s socialist system or embrace capitalism.

Fidel Castro’s interview with Goldberg is the only one he has given to an American journalist since he left office.