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Trade with Cuba means HUGE benefits.
Maness 1/14 (amy maness,National Center for Policy Analysis.janurary 14, twothousand four, BZ, april 29, 2013, http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba427)
The U.S. embargo on Cuba was instituted in 1961 to overthrow Fidel Castro and neutralize the threat his regime posed by blocking all trade, except in food and medicine. The embargo was aggressively tightened in the 1990s with the enactment of the Cuban Democracy (Torricelli) Act of 1992 and the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad or Helms-Burton) Act of 1996. All trade with Cuba was blocked, including food and medicine. However, American attitudes toward U.S. policies on Cuba are changing, and support for repealing the embargo is growing.Passionate embargo proponents argue that trading with Cuba would strengthen Fidel Castro, whose authoritarian regime has suppressed all opposition and sanctions actually bolster support for Castro, providing an excuse for the poor economic performance of socialism. They note that the Cuban people suffer because trade sanctions deny them access to basic necessities like food and medicine. Both arguments miss the point that U.S. policies toward Cuba are outdated and ineffective. The threat Cuba once posed to U.S. national security ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Without Soviet support, Cuba was unable to maintain its military power. And as other countries trade with and invest in Cuba, the U.S. embargo is increasingly ineffective.FEconomic growth enhanced by trade has reduced poverty and created a middle class that supports further liberalization. Trade partners are well positioned to influence government policies on human rights and to encourage democratization.The -growing trade was 10 percent of China's gross domestic product (GDP), but by the late 1990s trade comprised 36 percent of its GDP.Due to China's reforms, 100 million people no longer live below the poverty line, and both rural and city dwellers have better...

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