Says He's For "The New American Century"
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|Rubio's Cuban Policy?|
Strictly From The Old American Century
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When it comes to our policy toward Cuba, Rubio's levels of rationalism and common sense drop sharply. He's definitely stuck in the 1960s, much to the detriment of our country as a whole and South Dakotans, specifically. History is pretty clear on one matter: improved trade relations between former enemies has done much to reduce tensions and add to the general prosperity of people. I'm old enough to remember when China referred to us as "running dog imperialists" and we called them "the yellow peril." That all changed when Richard Nixon opened up trade and diplomatic relations. Both of our countries have since profited from private and public sector connections that have evolved over the decades. Being in the tourism biz myself, I certainly know how my industry has benefitted from the huge numbers of Chinese who come to visit every year. That other mainstay of South Dakota's economy, agriculture, would stand to benefit even more directly. Rubio needs to get with the program on this one and look toward the future when it comes to Cuba, not dwell on the past.
My take? These reservations aside, I think he's the Pub with the best chance of winning the general. I also think he's a guy I could do business with. I'm in for now.