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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-12 12:21 PM
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Tampa Bay Times: Cuban-American vote splintering
We are finally reaching the pinnacle of the advancing demographic wave of younger, more progressive-minded Cuban-Americans, who are releasing themselves from their elders' rigid grasp of a damaging past, and are now looking toward a future of better lives with a government that must function to serve the people.




Younger Cuban-American voters shift away from the GOP and toward an independent outlook

By Alex Leary, Times Staff Writer
May 14, 2012


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It used to be enough for Republican politicians to sweep in to Miami, sip Cuban coffee at Versailles restaurant and hammer on Fidel Castro to seal the Cuban vote that makes up about 70 percent of the Republican electorate in Miami-Dade.

But the younger generation is less motivated by those politics, having assimilated into mainstream U.S. culture.

"I grew up thinking I was Republican and it wasn't until I started asking questions and not getting answers besides, 'Oh because Kennedy betrayed us,' that I started to change," said Aimee Valera, referring to the botched Bay of Pigs invasion a half-century ago. Valera, who was born in Cuba, sought citizenship so she could vote for Obama and is volunteering for his campaign. She's trying to convert her sister, who favors Republicans but "is leaning toward the Democratic side" because of women's issues, Valera said.

The change is also driven by the introduction of Mariel boatlift immigrants into the voting class. Fleeing Cuba en masse in 1980, the refugees were driven more by economic than political reasons. Along with more recent arrivals, they tend to be less against the trade embargo and more in favor of increased travel with Cuba.

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"With Republicans, it's all about fear," said Aliette Carolan, 34, a lawyer in Miami, who is the daughter of Cuban exiles and voted for Obama. She said despite comparisons of the president's health care plan to socialism, it's popular among her peers. (Polling conducted by FIU bears this out.)
"It's not socialism," Carolan said. "It's about having a social conscience. It's about time the government stepped up and did something about health care in this country."

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But, there are still some rigidly conservative ideologues remaining, who only know divisiveness and hypocrisy.



From TalkingPointsMemo:


Harry Reid To Rubio: Stop Talking And Release Your DREAM Act


By Sahil Kapur


May 13, 2012



Congresss top Democrat told the Spanish-language Univision network that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) ought to stop talking about his scaled-back DREAM Act and put his ideas to paper.

In an interview that aired Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) accused the freshman Republican of selling his proposal in a duplicitous manner. He said hes open to supporting it, although he was cold to the idea of omitting the promise of citizenship to DREAMers.

Im glad that Marco is doing something. I think thats significant, Reid said. But the problem is, right now there has not been a single word put on paper, not a word. And remember, in anything we do in life, the devil is in the details. So lets see what Marcos going to come up with. If he has something better and its something that I think is going to be okay, I will be happy to support it. But lets stop this nonsense of talking about it. He talks to one group this way, another group another way. Put it in writing.

Asked whether hed back a proposal that does not include a path to citizenship, Reid said, No.

.....

Last Thursday, Rubio accused the White House of actively undermining his vision of the DREAM Act so it can use the issue against Republicans in the election. he White House has been calling in DREAM Act advocates and asking them, almost ordering them, not to work with me on this issue, Rubio told the Laura Ingraham radio show.

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Turn around, Mr. Rubio. This tsunami is curling over your back.




This is the new Cuban-American demographic wave that we have been waiting for, for 50 years.


It will be the ultimate opening to normalizing our relationship with the people of Cuba.


Thank God, we are finally living to see it.





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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-15-12 01:01 AM
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1. The people who fled Cuba because a communist was taking over were not the 99%.
Edited on Tue May-15-12 01:03 AM by No Elephants
The friends of the corrupt, theiving dictator Battista were the first to leave Cuba, before it was even known how Fidel Castro would be as a "head of state."
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