Cuba Sí!: A Tribute to Professor David Bederman and a Letter to President Obama
Frank J. Vandall
Emory University School of Law
August 15, 2012
Emory Law Journal, Vol. 61, No. August, 2012
Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-223
Dear President Obama: At this moment the United States is in the midst of a deep recession and several wars. I know you are searching for positive accomplishments in order to prepare for the 2012 elections. Improving the economy will require the assistance of everyone, so may I suggest a small step with substantial economic benefits: full legal recognition of Cuba. This island is our neighbor, only ninety miles from Key West.
Four critical considerations form the foundation of the argument for a full recognition of Cuba. First, economics. Because of our recession, all new trade is a good thing. From our side, we could export automobiles, motorcycles, heavy equipment, food, and electronics to Cuba. From Cuba, they could export rum, sugar, cigars, and music to the United States. Many of our citizens would love to visit Cuba and vice versa. Prior to the revolution, Cuba was a resort destination for many Americans. This new recognition is a win-win solution.
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Keywords: Cuba, economy, economic embargo, export, creditor, communist, nationalization, economics, international law, political science, politics, Florida, trade, electionsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 21, 2012 ; Last revised: September 25, 2012
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