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Graft in Haiti

This article would have us believe that there is abundant local goods available in Haiti, the only problem is lack of money. How stupid do they think we are? If the only problem was money all they'd have to do is hand out debit cards to the people there.
The real issue is that it's hard for them to deposit donated goods in their personal bank account, whereas it's easy with donated money.

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Today, 21 January, Congressman Ron Paul made the following statement in the House of Representatives in opposition to House Resolution 1021, Condolences To Haiti:

"I rise in reluctant opposition to this resolution.  Certainly I am moved by the horrific destruction in Haiti and would without hesitation express condolences to those who have suffered and continue to suffer.  As a medical doctor, I have through my career worked to alleviate the pain and suffering of others.  Unfortunately, however, this resolution does not simply express our condolences, but rather it commits the US government to begin the reconstruction of Haiti and affirms that the recovery and long-term needs of Haiti will require a sustained commitment by the United States. I do not believe that a resolution expressing our deep regret and sorrow over this tragedy should be used to commit the United States to a long-term occupation of Haiti during which time the US government will provide for the reconstruction of that country.
"I am concerned over the possibility of an open-ended US military occupation of Haiti and this legislation does nothing to alleviate my concerns.  On the contrary, when this resolution refers to the need for a long term US plan for Haiti, I see a return to the failed attempts by the Clinton and Bush Administrations to establish Haiti as an American protectorate.  Already we are seeing many argue that this kind of humanitarian mission is a perfect fit for the US military.  I do not agree.

"Certainly I would support and encourage the efforts of the American people to help the people of Haiti at this tragic time.  I believe that the American people are very generous on their own and fear that a US government commitment to reconstruct Haiti may actually discourage private contributions.  Mr. Speaker, already we see private US citizens and corporations raising millions of dollars for relief and reconstruction of Haiti.  I do not believe the US government should get in the way of these laudable efforts.  I do express my condolences but I unfortunately must urge my colleagues to vote against this resolution committing the United States government to rebuild Haiti."

Considering our national debt, which I cannot even keep track of, The U.S. keeps on giving foreign aid to well over 100 countries, including some or our avowed enemies.  This violates the US Constitution as well as common sense.  What started out as part of  a defense program in the interest of the United States has, IMO, turned into an extravagant give-away program which ultimately contributes to the devaluation of our money. 

I find it interesting that Congressman Paul did not mention that the US Constitution prohibits foreign aid.  He has harped on that many times in the past, but I guess he has given up on that approach.

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