The Obama administration moved Friday to make it easier for U.S. schools, churches and cultural groups to visit Cuba, and to boost the amount of money Americans can send to the island to support its growing private economy.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the changes to U.S.-Cuba policy, which have been rumored for months, are aimed at bolstering Cuba's civil society and putting distance between Cubans and their Communist-led government.
. . . The changes restore -- and increase -- the amount Americans can send to any Cuban up to $2,000 annually, more than the level before former President George W. Bush tightened sanctions. There will be a quarterly limit on the amount any American can send: $500 per quarter to "support private economic activity." The Clinton administration had set that figure at $300 a quarter.
Basically, Obama has decided to ignore the Castro regime's routine and ongoing violations of basic human rights, and to subsidize the Cuban government's repressive economic and political policies. There is no excuse for this.