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So, You Still Think There's An Embargo, XIII
Tuesday, July 26, 2005   By: Juan Paxety

Now its Nebraska's turn

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says he will lead a trade delegation to Cuba next month. It will be the first trade mission for the Republican governor, who took office in January.  He says the mission will focus on trade, not politics.

“International politics have nothing to do with this trip,” Gov. Heineman said. “We will be working within established legal parameters to try to help our farmers and ranchers access a new and fertile market for the high-quality products produced Nebraska.”

Another naive Republican politician. Governor, don't you understand that everything has to do with politics with fidel. Just as it appears everything has to do with politics with you - buying votes from Nebraska farmers and ranchers by opening a new market for them.

Those joining the Governor for the trade mission include representatives of Nebraska’s bean, corn and wheat producers, as well as representatives from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), the University of Nebraska, and First National Bank of Omaha.

Cuban officials have expressed strong interest in importing dry beans, which are among Nebraska’s top producing crops. In 2004, Nebraska ranked first in the nation in great northern bean production, second in pinto bean and third in dry edible bean production. Cuba is also the largest importer of wheat and wheat products in the Caribbean.

Why, Governor, do you think Cuba might be the largest importer of wheat and wheat products (and has been since Khrushchev began sending Canadian wheat to Cuba in the early 60s)?  Could it be that terribly inefficient economic system called communism?

If anyone is interested in contacting the governor, his email is through a form on his web site -


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