The expression “selling your soul 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. They have sold most everything — from their integrity, to practically their families, and definitely their constituents — in order to achieve their wish.
What is their wish? you ask. To see Cuba underwater, and not because of climate change. To see 11 million Cubans down on their knees with hunger, or under any horrible situation that can be conjured by these four devil-worshippers that over time have come to hate the island nation with a vengeance.
They lie using talking points centered around human rights, democracy, freedom and a host of other key phrases we’ve heard thousands of times from them. But in reality they are like pigs feeding at the trough where they gobble up millions of taxpayer dollars they and their ilk swindle from us, that over the past half century have fattened their coffers and helped them take control of an area — south Florida — that could have used those stolen millions to offset the poverty that reigns over their own congressional districts.
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. The devil, this time around, a blubbery imbecile with fake orange hair and a very mean streak, who could care less who he hurts as long as he gets his…
In the case of Sen. Marco Rubio, the stakes are much higher when you consider he represents an entire state of 20 million Floridians.
Diaz-Balart, for example, gambled and won with Donald Trump. He backed him for president and then made a deal with the devil. “I’ll stick my hand in the fire for you,” he told the newly-elected president. “All I ask,” he continued, “is that you allow us to handle Cuba and Venezuela from Miami.”
Trump apparently shrugged and agreed. So what did Diaz-Balart, with the help of the others, do? They (except for Ros-Lehtinen) have voted in favor of dismantling Obamacare, for example, just to please the devil. A bill that if dismantled would cause more than 70,000 of the 100,000 Diaz-Balart constituents who are enrolled in Obamacare in his congressional district to find themselves uninsured. Diaz-Balart, it is obvious, does not care.
And neither does Rubio. The state of Florida has almost 1.3 million persons who would lose their health insurance if Obamacare is repealed. In Carlos Curbelo’s case, that figure of uninsured tops the 78,000 mark.
Rubio just this past week favored a budget bill in the Senate that would do harm to those most in need, and whose drafters have made into a political football by inserting the elimination of part of Obamacare. Their reasoning is that insurance should be bought by those who can afford it. Others… who cares! The theory? When less Americans are being helped by way of healthcare subsidies, more money is left over for the tax cuts they want to reward the one percenters with.
And what did Mario and friends receive from the devil in return? We saw the results recently when the president, through new OFAC regulations, took a hard stance against Cuba that is already affecting the many Cubans on the island who were beginning to prosper.
Still, Mario, Marco, Ileana and Curbelo are not satisfied. They want, as I stated in my last column (“Taking a step back to the future“), to break the backs of the Cuban people. And for what? I wrote 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 simply handouts run through the sticky hands of [these] persons…”
And to prove how much they really don’t care, Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of the House budget bill this week that will assure that the poor and the middle class pay higher taxes so that the wealthy, and the corporations they run, get tax cuts.
I have friends that still insist that with all its faults this is still the greatest country on earth. I have a hard time believing that — especially if we keep electing persons like Trump, Rubio, Diaz-Balart, Curbelo and Ros-Lehtinen.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar says it best in his song “Money over Love”:
“Money over love
You know how much you love the finer things
Money over love
Fast cars, diamond rings
Money over love
The best things in life ain’t free
Money over love.”
Lamar must have been inspired by south Florida’s four horsemen when he wrote his song.