I’m trying to get a precise reading on the action by the House Appropriations Committee regarding
This initial committee action has provoked discussion in
On last night’s Polos Opuestos on
Salazar seemed to assume that the programs are intended only to help the dissidents. In fact, their purpose is broader. She asked what would happen if Congress approved a reduced budget for these programs, and the answer is simple: the Administration would have to choose. Should the funds go to humanitarian aid for families of political prisoners? To material aid to dissidents? To finance conferences and organizations in
Salazar’s persistent questioning exposed some of the oddities of the program.
One grantee said, unapologetically, that among his many purchases he bought one box of Godiva chocolates and a few cans of crabmeat and sent them to Cuba, and that Cubans, as much as anyone else, have the right to eat those things. Great – and if he were talking about his own money, that would be the end of the story. But
The same grantee bought a mountain bike and sent it to
Is that clever, or what?
Salazar asked why
Another question is whether a government program of this type would be necessary at all if there were no