Local businessman Jack Nixon was overjoyed to hear President Obama say that after a 50-year-plus embargo, diplomatic relations with Cuba were being restored. Nixon has long had a fascination with Cuba, its history and its Communist dictator Fidel Castro.
For that reason he spent two weeks in that country although he did not go there legally. On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Monday, Nixon said he loved the people who worked hard in a country where they lived on a little over $100 a month.
Their friends and cousins who were able to flee the country were making multiple times that amount in places like Florida. He said the good people in Cuba want that, too.
“They want that kind of a life,” explained Nixon. “As long as the government owns them, and owns their homes, and owns everything about them and controls them, that’s going to be a major problem.
“But the people will rise up against that eventually. Once those strong people are gone, I think that it will have a tendency to equate itself.”
Nixon is hoping it won’t be long before the families can get together and if Americans now start going to Cuba it is sure to improve the economy.