Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saturday's show: US tourism down in Cuba plus the Valez-White campaign in Texas

We look at the Valdez-White referendum coming up May 22......Governor Abbott ran an ad against Valdez focusing on abortion and sanctuary cities.......down in Cuba, US tourism is sharply down presenting a serious cash challenge to the regime......Yogi Berra 1925-2016.....Ernie Banks hit # 500 in 1970.....Katherine Hepburn 1907-2003.......and others stories....

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Saturday's video: US tourism down in Cuba

Down in Florida…

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Like most Cuban Americans, I have friends and relatives down in South Florida. In other words, I speak often with them on the phone.  
On Friday morning, a Cuban friend told me that Governor Scott could end up as the next senator from Florida. I was surprised to hear it but my friend referred me to an article from the Tampa Bay Times:     
Among more than 200 experts and veterans of Florida politics surveyed in the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll, nearly six in 10 this week said they expect Scott to unseat the three-term Democratic Senator.  
Just over two months ago, more than 57 percent of the Florida Insiders surveyed expected Nelson to win.
“I’m very worried about Sen. Nelson,” said a Democrat. “I think the Democrats need to reevaluate our candidate and Gwen Graham should jump to the Senate Race immediately.” 
A Republican had a similar thought: “Bill Nelson’s best chance is a run for Governor. He should pivot now before Scott pastes his face to the floor. At least Nelson would win his party’s nomination. Better chance to win in the general than any other declared candidate in his party.”
“Rick Scott is focusing on Hispanics way before Nelson is. He did this in 2014. He is traveling to Puerto Rico, getting close to Venezuelans, Cubans and Colombians,” said a person registered to neither major party. 
“Nelson cannot ignore our Latino community and should have messages in English and Spanish. Commercials in both languages. He can not only depend on the Dixiecrats.”
Time will tell who wins in Florida. However, I think that Governor Scott’s tough stance against President Obama’s “one way” policy toward Cuba may be paying off. He recently wrote a letter calling for Cuba to be excluded from a recent Latin American meeting.
Another secret Scott weapon could be the Venezuelans. I don’t know how many are citizens but they are very anti-communist, too. I can only tell you that the Venezuelans I know support President Trump’s posture against Maduro.
We will wait for the voters to vote but maybe a surprise is brewing down in Florida.    
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“Los turistas” came, saw and don’t want to come back!

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Back in 2015, many people were eager to see Cuba.   The Castro regime played on that curiosity and ran all type of advertisements calling on people to see it for themselves.        It was the ultimate curiosity adventure.
Well, it looks like US tourists did not like what they saw.   Or, they don’t want to see it again. 
This is the latest from US tourism in Cuba, according to a story that I saw this morning:      
During the first three months of this year, 95,520 Americans came to Cuba – a 40 percent drop from the same period last year, according to Cuban government statistics. 
The decrease in Americans seeking to discover one of tourism’s last forbidden fruits is hurting this island’s access to hard cash, and setting back the effort to reestablish ties between U.S. citizens and communist Cuba.
Not good, as they say.
Let me share what I’ve heard about going to Cuba:
1) A couple that recently went to Cuba complained that there are not enough hotel rooms, the air conditioner does not always work and getting around is a pain in the you know what.
2) I heard that it’s not pleasant to see the Cuba behind the curtain or the Cubans living in broken homes or lacking everything.    
And I’m sure you’ve heard your own stories.
As expected, the Castro regime apologists are blaming it on President Trump.   In reality, the problem is that Cuba is no tourism destination, unless you are going there for ideological reasons.
Who knows that Castro’s Cuba stinks?   The tourists who came, saw the awful truth and have no plans to come back.   
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