The expression “selling your sold to the devil” seems appropriate when talking of south Florida members of congress Marco Rubio, Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Curbelo and to a lesser extent Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Each of these south Florida politicians has at least 600,000 constituents they pretend to represent, but instead they use as collateral in a high stakes game of poker played with the devil.
Last week, Virginia voters handed Ed Gillespie, the former head of the Republican National Committee, a resounding defeat in the gubernatorial race in that state. It represents an unmistakable message to Donald Trump and the Republican Party: We are fed up with you and your policies.
Marco Rubio, Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Curbelo, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen want to assure that they starve the Cuban people to death. They understand that healthy relations between our two countries would mean missing out on the gravy train of millions of dollars provided by the U.S.’s so-called democracy-building programs that are handouts run through their sticky hands.
After decades of trying to replace imports, Cuba remains highly dependent on them. Imports provide most of what Cuba needs to stay afloat. The goods brought in by ordinary citizens are just a tiny portion of the nation’s total imports.