Forbes estimates the fortune of the Cuba Castros at $900M – heck, just call it a billion and be done with it. As a result, Obama first checked in with the younger Castro a couple of years or so ago all the way over in South Africa during the funeral of fellow-dictator Nelson Mandela, after which he made an unprecedented state visit to Cuba to make new friends with the rich Castros. Presumably, they’ll now be shake-down targets for the ‘Obama Global Initiative’, sponsored of course by the egregious Clintons who no doubt will expect their usual 20-50% cut.
Today if you want to see what Democrats want for the USA, go to Cuba (‘Cuber” as most of them pronounce it).
Barack Hussein Obama was, is, and always will be, a one-man wrecking ball. As ‘president’, his handlers said ‘jump’ and he was all over it. His vacations and golf got him happily out of the way while those in charge gave him scripts to read and multiple Executive Orders to sign. Now he’s deep into sedition big time, since he and Hillary didn’t deliver his ‘third term.’
So now he’s faced with going hunting himself (wink, wink); 2 billion in cash notes to Iran; the 6 billion that has never been accounted for from Hillary’s stay at the State Department, and other nefarious ‘dollar-doings’ with dictators around the globe.
He is and forever will remain as, the worst president ever, and maybe even the worst American, way above and beyond any Benedict Arnold; if in fact, he’s really American. Which is yet another clue about the ‘mystery man’ that has never been proven, even with a multi-layered ‘authentic’ long-form birth certificate. Hence the lingering question – Just WHO is this?
Following his state visit to ‘Paradise Island’ he coerced a few American airlines into resuming regular service in and out of the Castro Corral in an effort to give the brothers some piece of the American Pie, but things apparently didn’t work out as well as Obama thought they would.
Take a look at this from Monica Showalter in American Thinker:
President Obama made a big deal about the resumption of U.S. carrier travel to Cuba. JetBlue in particular got Obama’s accolades. After all, when the president of the United States sets the example for Cuba tourist travel, showing how it’s all tropical music, classic cars, Cuban cigars, mojitos, and dancing like Beyoncé out on the Malecón, who could resist?
Today, JetBlue has cut back its flights “to better match demand.” And in the last few days, it has been joined by two other airlines, Silver and Frontier, fleeing for their lives like Marielitos. They all said demand isn’t what they expected.
This is a fancy way of saying what’s really going on: Cuba is a tourist hellhole.
The service stinks, the amenities are gross, the place is thick with thieves and woman-gropers, the cost is high, and the alternatives are out there. In fact, the Caribbean is loaded with pleasant, accommodating destinations well worth a tourist’s dollar for a vacation. Taking a vacation at a communist military-run resort really falls more into the Gulag category.
From your observing observer it sounds like a description of a typical Democrat-run city hellhole in America. Why go to Cuba (‘Cuber”) when you can just go to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Trenton or Oakland? Maybe Obama and Michelle can get a good price on a second home in any one of those places, and they would fit in perfectly. Obama wouldn’t have to hide his smoking habit, and he’d fit right in with his neighbors. No walls, even.
There are several abstruse and little-used terms in the financial world for those who “invest” their money in Raul’s unending good-time party island, and then are expelled or imprisoned and lose everything. One is “Karma”. Another is “Just desserts”. There is even a shibboleth that has developed regarding such a situation: “A fool and his money are soon parted.”
No kidding. Here’s more…
How is this for tourist hell? Observers noticed Cuban customs officials rummaging through tourist luggage and taking what they wanted. When the tourists complained, they were thrown in jail. Some tourist operation they’ve got there. In fact, the place is a security risk because no professional or U.S. or U.S.-standard officials are involved. Mangy street dogs are what pass for security dogs in Havana. You can expect cockroaches in your breakfast cereal and tourist bulletin boards such as this one say bring your own toilet paper.
Cuba’s officials aren’t even interested in making their foreign investors happy. American businesses have but one purpose, according to reports: to serve through their presence in Havana as bait to attract other sucker businesses, the better to rob them all.
AZ Republican senator Jeff Flake worked diligently for over a year alongside Obama on ‘opening ties’ with Cuba. Flake should be asked why he thought this was such a good idea now that it’s a complete disaster. We know why Obama did it – ideology. As for Flake? Let’s just label him a fake Flake.
But finally …
[A] Canadian businessman who had invested on the island for almost two decades, until he was thrown in jail on corruption charges. The Canadian, Sarkis Yacoubian, spent more than two years in jail before being found guilty and expelled. His case is not unique.
“We know one thing for sure,” Zack said. “He didn’t get his business back. Raúl Castro’s son-in-law did.”
According to the Financial Times:
… about 60 per cent of the businesses established here by foreigners since the fall of communism in eastern Europe have closed, according to government statistics. Some of them – analysts and diplomats say – were forced out by the Cuban government.
Doing business in Cuba is so dodgy and money-losing that just doing it now involves reputational risk, according to Control Risks consultancy. No wonder airlines don’t want to be there – the U-turn they are making is rather visible. And they are not alone.
What a dump. Best thing out there is to just say no to the hellhole so touted by President Obama.