Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Spain Sells Nuclear Materials to Castro

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Last year, the Spanish government sold over 1.2 million euros worth of "dual-use" military technology to the Castro regime.

This technology included nuclear materials, which can be applied for military use.

While Spain also sold military technology to 47 other countries throughout the world in 2010, Cuba was the only country to which it sold nuclear materials.

Yet the Obama Administration believes that the benefits of providing hard currency to Cuba's totalitarian economy will somehow outweigh the dangers.

We hope they reconsider -- it's only 90 miles away.

Quote of the SOTU

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
"And we saw that same desire to be free in Tunisia, where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight, let us be clear: The United States of America stands with the people of Tunisia, and supports the democratic aspirations of all people."

-- U.S. President Barack Obama, 2011 State of the Union, 1/25/11

We commend the President for his noteworthy intention.

However, last week's actions -- unconditionally easing sanctions towards the Castro regime and the state dinner for China's dictator -- were poor indicators.

Cuba plans children's video game to promote taxes

Game is meant to support economic reforms by president 

By Esteban Israel

Socialist Cuba, where most people have never had to pay taxes, is developing a video game to teach school children the importance of contributing to the public purse.
Since revolutionary leader Fidel Castro nationalized the economy in the 1960s, most Cuban workplaces have belonged to the government, which considered it senseless to pay people money then take it back again in the form of taxes.
Dubbed "Tributin," or "Little Tax," by its creators at the Superior Pedagogic Institute of Holguin, 455 miles east of Havana, the game is meant to support economic reforms by Fidel Castro's brother, President Raul Castro, who is expanding Cuba's tiny private sector. The game is expected to roll out in October.
Cuba's new entrepreneurs are expected to pay between 25 and 50 percent in taxes, which the cash-strapped government will use to keep financing generous social programs.
"It is a fun software to help children learn about fiscal policy, because since they were born in a socialist society with some gratuities, they don't have all the elements needed to understand taxes," project director Dagoberto Marino told Reuters in a telephone interview.
"Tributin" would show children how the money they spend when they buy candy puts in motion mechanisms that benefit their communities in the form of school improvements.
"We are trying to generate a fiscal culture. If we manage to get the kids involved, they could transmit it to their parents," Marino said.
At least 75,000 people have been issued self-employment licenses in the past three months. Cafeteria owners, hairdressers and clowns are among workers expected to pay income and sales taxes plus additional charges if they hire employees.
Castro wants the growing private sector to absorb many of the 500,000 public employees he is letting go to streamline Cuba's oversized state apparatus.

Obama calls for new era of competitiveness

AP – President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at Orion Energy Systems, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in …
MANITOWOC, Wis. – President Barack Obama campaigned vigorously for his revamped economic message Wednesday, warning that other countries have been grasping for first place in the global marketplace as the U.S. fell down on the job.
The president delivered the argument in Wisconsin, a state that will be critical to his re-election prospects, a day after a State of the Union address where he contended that the U.S. has to step up its spending on innovation and infrastructure in order to compete globally and create jobs at home.
The president said Wednesday that while China invested in clean energy technologies, "we fell down on the job. We weren't moving as fast as we should have."
"We're going to need to go all in. We're going to need to get serious about winning the future," Obama said during a stop at Orion Energy Systems, a power technology company in the small town of Manitowoc. Obama showcased Orion as a leader in solar power and energy efficient technology, the kind of technologies the president argues are key for America's future competitiveness.
The president is calling for a new Sputnik moment, like the one in the 1950s when the Soviet Union beat the U.S. by sending a satellite into space — spurring the U.S. to pour money into science and technology programs and eventually make it to the moon.
The challenge resonated in Manitowoc, a small city on the shores of Lake Michigan known best as the place where a 20-pound chunk of the Sputnik satellite crashed in 1962, an event marked by an annual "Sputnikfest." Obama insisted he hadn't known of the Sputnik connection when he picked Manitowoc as the first audience for the themes of competitiveness and innovation he will push through his 2012 re-election campaign. But it gave him a fitting backdrop.
"It was part of a satellite called Sputnik that landed right here and that set the Space Race in motion," Obama said. "So I want to say to you today that it's here, more than 50 years later, that the race for the 21st Century will be won."
The stop at Orion was the first of three factory visits Obama made in Manitowoc. He also touted his small business initiatives at Skana Aluminum Company, which took out a $5 billion Small Business Administration loan in December, and at Tower Tech Systems, where he traded his suit coat for a black company fleece and was shown a plate roller where steel is shaped into wind tower and turbine structures. The stops were quick as the White House shortened Obama's Wisconsin visit so that Air Force One could beat a gathering storm back to Washington.
In his remarks Obama looked to highlight ways businesses like those would benefit from the proposals he outlined in Tuesday's address, including fresh downpayments in clean energy, research and technology. In his State of the Union Obama set a new goal of ensuring that by 2035, 80 percent of America's electricity comes from clean energy sources, though he defined those sources to include clean coal and nuclear, a definition not embraced by many environmentalists.
Still seeking to convince Americans that some of the unpopular economic decisions he made during the first two years of his administration were necessary, Obama also argued that those policies were responsible for the recovery that's begun to take hold.
"New manufacturing plants, and new hopes, are taking root," Obama said.
Obama's stop in Wisconsin, likely a key battleground state in 2012, underscored just how quickly the White House is refocusing on the president's fast-approaching reelection campaign. Though Obama won Wisconsin in 2008, the state turned sharply to the right during the November midterm elections, when the entire legislature and governor's office flipped from Democratic to Republican. Some blamed Obama and the national party for losing focus on jobs and the economy, although there are signs the Wisconsin economy is improving. Unemployment statewide was 7.5 percent in December, down from 8.3 percent in December 2009.
Obama's visit to Wisconsin also let him in for some inevitable ribbing over the Green Bay Packers' victory over the president's beloved hometown Chicago Bears this past weekend, which sent the Packers to the Super Bowl and the Bears home. On Wednesday Obama flew into the airport at Green Bay, where Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Green Bay Mayor James J. Schmitt greeted him with two Green Bay Packers' jerseys, one with Obama's name on the back and the other bearing the number 21, and name of Packer's cornerback Charles Woodson.
"They're rubbing it in!" Obama jokingly complained to reporters accompanying him on the trip.