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Sunday, June 24, 2007


What an outrage! Only three months after President Bush's trip to Latin America, where he prided himself on doubling foreign aid to the region, Congress last week approved a Bush administration-proposed bill that actually cuts U.S. economic assistance to the region by more than 8 percent. Read the full column here, and let us know whether you think Uncle Sam is giving too little, or too much, to Latin America.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another rather primitive article by Oppenheimer whose entire little existence seems to revolve around Miami, Chavez and Castro.

The US can keep their foreign aid...... more often than not it comes with strings attached such as the US demanding military basing rights in Latin America.

Keep the American soldiers in the US; they are not welcome in Latin America as the entire world has seen what the US has done to the innocent Iraqi people; to the prisoners kept at Abu Ghraib and to the unfortunates who ended up in the American prison gulag of Guantanamo.

As for the increasing "coca leaves" production; what about the demand side of the equation ? When will Oppenheimer's neighbors in Miami stop snorting cocaine ? Maybe Latin America should send some military units to occupy American cities to wipe out the demand for cocaine in American cities and arrest the millions of Americans who sprinkle cocaine on their corn flakes on a daily basis.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Anonymous. First they don't deserve our help and second, it is our money and we can do with it as we please. I say, let Chavez waste/spend Venezuela's oil wealth all over Latin America -- better them than us!

9:45 PM  
Blogger Cogito Argentum said...

After doubling LetrinAmerica Aid, complaining for an 8% decrease in a single year makes your article dumb.

See what I said before that you write beautifully but you don't know what you are talking about?

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US government shouldn´t give Latin-American’s countries more money.

If this administration really want to reduce the migration flux they should cut the agricultural subsidies and reduce the taxes for our production.

But they can´t think in that terms.


Ruben P.
Rosario - Argentina

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from: Paul Thørsen

åndêrš, that's a bunch of garbage. The USA allows you Latin Americans to sneak in here and to smuggle tens of billions of dolllars out of our economy every year, with no return on it. I didn't expect you to finally include it at the very end of your diatribe.
Secondly, you Hispanicks claim it is you people who made the USA great and that the USA would fail if not for Hispanics. Therefore, no such burden exists on the USA to provide for you people, but actually would be vice-versa. The USA cannot continue to be the babysitters of the Hispanick race of people. One day you people will wake up and realize that fact, and realize that you people have to care for yourselves, as the USA will not be around forever to babysit you people.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Marchers pumped their fists in the air as they chanted, "Estados Unidos, es nada sin Latinos." Translation: "The United States is nothing without Latinos."

2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from: Paul Thørsen

åndêrš, I disagree with your statement the USA cannot stop a determined illegal from Latin America from coming here.
Let me tell you something that would work. I just got back from a 4 week vacation to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. There were police checkpoints all over the 3 countries and we were stopped on the road several times each day and were asked to show passports and visas.
If we did that in the USA, no doubt we could get rid of illegal Latin Americans. Somebody in our group mentioned that in eastern Turkey it is worse, because they fear Kurds moving in.
Of course, Hispanics will then say: "Who is going to pick the crops?"
answer: allow Southeast Asians, Filipinos and Mahatma Gandhi Indians to come to the USA to do the work now done by illegal Hispanics. They would be here in a millisecond.
Problem solved!

3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The democratic party controls the house of representatives ... in other words your title is mis-guided ... it should read .. "the democrats in congress reduce aid to Latin America" .....

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world's most prestigious financial newspaper "The Financial Times" of London has just published a major editorial stating that Hugo Chavez is absolutely correct in renegotiating all oil contracts with the oil majors :

10:44 PM  
Blogger Rob Rufino said...

Estados Unidos no sabe como hacer para sostener económicamente la invasión en Irak.

Por un lado recorta gastos, como las ayudas a Latinoamérica. Por otro lado busca recaudar más a través de la legalización de más de 12 millones de ilegales, quienes pagarían 5.000 dolares cada uno.

Según el premio nobel de economía Joseph Stiglitz el costo de la guerra asendió a 2 trillones de dolares. Ver este paper de la Universidad de Harvard:

Como cuesta entender de que cifra hablamos, intentemos ponerlo en números: dolares

Al parecer los chicos malos salieron más caro de lo que se pensó inicialmente. De todos modos debemos alegrarnos en que ahora Irak es un pais libre.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Cogito Argentum said...

Dead! 46 - 53

12:16 PM  
Blogger Rob Rufino said...

Cogito, te manda saludos Dan Asco.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We want legal immigrants. Lots and lots of them from all over the world. Last year we allowed almost 2 million LEGAL ones, I would have no problem allowing another MILLION a year if the borders are secured and NO-ONE is able to find a job here without VERIFIED work permits and Visas in good standing.

It really is that simple folks and it CAN be done. Who needs a fence if you can't find a job here? Send a few hundred corporate execs to jail for employing illegals and you'll see what happens next.

Don't take for granted the silent majority in America. You may not find us marching down the Mall waving our Che banners but give us a reason and our politicians will hear from us. They defy us at their peril.

2:05 PM  
Blogger guayames said...

I agree that better economical situation in Latin countries would decrease illegal immigration to the USA, but how much of our money sent to our Southern neighbors help in doing so? I for one think that if the illegal immigrants unity and courage in their demonstrations in our streets would be used in their countries of origen, then the economic situations of those countries would change. Only the resolve of the Latin American people will solve their problems and it is not the USA taxpayer the one that has to put band aids on the humongous wounds and differences between rich and poor in Latin America. Unfortunately the Feudal system left by the Spanish and Portuguese is still in effect in South America with very little chance of upper mobility in their societies, with education still mainly for the rich or connected. None of these problems are solved with USA aid and neither will they be solved when the best and more courageous people of those countries flee to the "BAD" USA.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us keep our hard earned money and keep the S American nationals out of our country. We are tired of handing out are tax money to the whining of these 3rd world nations! Grow up, clean up your own corrupt governments and let us start taking care of ourselves. You get what you vote for. You are some simple people who wait for had outs and think someone owes you something. Pull your head out of your backside and know that the hand outs are Not the will of The People in the USA!!We would just as soon see your corrupt countries die away in poverty and let the strong survive. That would clean up the shallow gene pool and clean the lazy leaches from your land so you may finally prosper a bit. Gods natural plan of attrition.

6:37 AM  

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