Friday, November 17, 2006

From the "Unclear on the Concept" Desk

No, no, no! That's just going back to "stay the course".

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. funds intended to promote democracy in Cuba have been used to buy crab meat, cashmere sweaters, computer games and chocolates, according to a U.S. congressional audit published on Wednesday.


To protect recipients from prosecution, none of the money from the U.S. Agency for International Development or State Department is paid in cash to people in Cuba. A Cuban law sends citizens to jail for receiving money from the U.S. government.

Instead, the funds are distributed to Cuban-American groups in Miami, the heartland of opposition to Cuban President Fidel Castro, and in Washington, and used to buy medicines, books, shortwave radios and other goods that are smuggled into Cuba.

See, you have to drop a Consumer Goods Bomb directly on every household. If you run through a middle man, CG Bombs will just be used to trade political favors (no different than the rest of the taxes you pay). And no luxury items; once you've dropped the CG Bomb and the recipient has responded to all the credit card offers, then THEY can purchase the luxury items. Get it?


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