Rubio said Thursday that his Senate office is prepared to use its resources to help the leaders of Black Lives Matter relocate to Cuba.
"My office stands ready to help the leaders of the Black Lives Matter organization emigrate to #Cuba."
And of course the uninformed at BLM fired back with a statement. The statement said, in part:
Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government's inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo. This cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cuban's right to choose their own government, is at the heart of the current crisis. Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130 billion.
Despite BLM's claims to the contrary, the U.S. embargo does not block food, medicine, and other humanitarian supplies from reaching Cuba.
The State Department has confirmed this fact.
"The State Department said it expedites any request to export humanitarian or medical supplies to Cuba; the U.S. embargo allows the export of agricultural products and food, medicine and medical equipment, and humanitarian goods to the island."
In the first six months of 2021, for example, Cuba imported $123 million worth of chicken from the U.S. This is after Trump reinstated the embargo when Cuba did not uphold their end of the bargain that Obama set in his 2016.
Cuba and communist/socialist have made their own issues and destroyed their own economy. There are rolling 12 hour power black outs during the hot summer nights, Internet was turned off once protest started, tourism boomed after Obama lifted the embargo but regular citizens have seen none of this windfall. Until the pandemic, Cuba relied on from aid Venezuela, as if Venezuela had aid to give, that had also declined dramatically after their economic and political crisis.
Former leader Raúl Castro had promised ambitious economic reforms in 2011 that were never fully implemented even though he claimed success when he stepped down
Obama visited in 2016, praised the Castros on their reading programs and the, which we know now is largely ineffective, universal healthcare. Doctors make $40 a month but a single Tylenol is $100, in cash, cash that is not distributed to citizens.
At the same time, Cuba has NOT heeded the advice of China and Vietnam in adopting economic reforms. During an official visit in 2018, the general secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, urged Cuba to embrace a free market economy, as Vietnam did in the 1980s. During its period of rapid economic growth, 30 million Vietnamese were lifted out of poverty.
“Since the 1990s, many opportunities have been lost to reform the economy,” Vidal said. Cuba's government owns and operates most industries, and most of the labor force is employed by the state.
Failing to promote tourism along with a shut down during Covid and Trump ending Cubas second biggest source of income, relatives sending Cubans money through western union though remittances, the third-most-lucrative source of revenue for the government. This stopped the availability of hard currency, currency that is needed to shop in in government stores. This is socialism, socialism that BLM wants.
Pack your bags BLM, we will swap one person who wants to be free for one that thinks socialism is the best choice for the US.