Peterson's Pyramid Bill

Friday, April 2, 2010
During a meeting yesterday with Southern Maryland farmers, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the possibility of expanding agricultural sales to Cuba, but stated as a caveat:

"As long as it's consistent with our values."

Agreed.

So now here's the question for House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, the main sponsor of a bill that seeks to increase agricultural sales to Cuba by doubling the Castro regime's tourism income:

Is providing $1-2 billion in tourism income to the Castro regime's military with the hope (stress the word hope) that it will turn around and purchase more U.S. agricultural products (as opposed to the regime's historic record of strengthening its repressive apparatus with similar financial windfalls, e.g. Soviet and Chavez subsidies) consistent with American values?

Frankly, it sounds like a dangerous pyramid scheme to us.