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    But in the context here, as opposed to say if I'm having dinner with friends who work in development stuff, my perspective is going to be defensive of USAID because I don't want my criticisms of it to be misconstrued by others who are hankering for some line to trash USAID with. It's a lot like with the entire administration actually. I'd be a lot more open with my criticisms of the administration around here if there wasn't a large cadre of people dedicated to destroying the Obama presidency reading the words here.

    Give me liberty, or give me death!

    by salsa0000 on Thu Aug 05, 2010 at 02:00:56 PM PDT

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    •  if I were here...or at dinner with friends who... (2+ / 0-)
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      pico, allep10 in development stuff, I'd offer a honest and at least somewhat professional opinion about USAID if the matter came up. As I ave in conversation, discussion, and negotiation with colleagues who work for USAID.

      And that opinion would likely account for the fact that USAID carries a flavor as defined by whatever administration is current. And it would probably account for the mission of USAID to promote American business interests while working in areas that are broadly defined as "development".

      •  Wish I could do that (3+ / 0-)
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        luckydog, ETF, Onomastic

        But I'll be honest - the current crop of Republicans are light years more insane than the Bushies and I am sick to death that they're going to take the House because the left is busy shredding itself apart. I don't want to help those trying to tear our side down in Washington from the inside so close to the election. It's not a stance to be particularly proud of..

        Give me liberty, or give me death!

        by salsa0000 on Thu Aug 05, 2010 at 02:28:34 PM PDT

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        •  USAID's mission is easily framed as enticing... (1+ / 0-)
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 any Repub, insane, Bushie, or otherwise.

          USAID exists to serve the interest of American businesses working overseas. The overwhelming majority of the budget is expended purchasing and delivering goods and services from and by American companies.

          Most of those American goods and services go to build additional opportunities for American businesses overseas. A small portion of USAID's budget actually does filter down to poor folks or starving masses, to help create conditions that support American business opportunities.

          Sounds pretty good from most Repubs viewpoint, eh?

          Therein lies the rub, yes?

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