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  •  We don't even have to spend any money (5+ / 0-)

    Although your point is correct, let's take it a step further:

    In order to radically improve the living standards of Central and South America, the US government wouldn't have to spend a dime.

    All we would need to do first is STOP HURTING THEM.

    • Stop funding the repressive militaries many nations have still not freed themselves of.
    • Stop forcing unfair and non-competitive trade agreements on them.
    • Stop bribing or threatening governments in the region to cut social spending or to award favors & contracts & advantages to US businesses.

    For example, life in Haiti might have improved a great deal had we simply allowed President Aristide and the popular, poor-based Lavalas to have become a Caribbean Venezuela-type reformer.

    Instead, we spent lots of money maintaining links to their elite & rich-serving military, then we spent lots of money quietly helping the coup to succeed, then we spent lots of money 'restoring' Aristide to limited power under Clinton, then we spent lots of money to force the Haitian government to undertake stupid & harmful programs that benefitted American corporations, then we spent money under Bush Jr. to support the coup leaders, then we spent money forcing Aristide to leave Haiti, and we've continued spending money trying to prevent the popular Lavalas from winning again.

    Spend money to help Central America?  Sure.  Sounds nice.

    But it would be even nicer if we could simply stop hurting them for a while.

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