Friday, September 04, 2015

Why life in Haiti hasn't improved

At the church I now attend, there are a number of members of Haitian descent, some of whom make trips back to Haiti for ministry, and many more of the non-Haitian members go with them.  One thing they note is that things are still pretty bad there.  Now to an extent, that's what the poor country has experienced for well over a century, so it's not completely surprising, but one would have hoped that the combination of the end of the Duvalier dynasty, along with a huge amount of help from around the world in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, would have created noteworthy changes.

Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case, and one possibility for the cause of the problem appears to be that a--the?--major player in reconstruction is the Clinton Foundation.  Family members of Clinton staffers and friends have gotten plum jobs, funds have been diverted to projects of dubious significance (remember "Whitewater" and "Castle Grande"?), and the like. 

It is exactly what you would expect, I guess, if big and important projects were given not on economic grounds, but on political grounds, and it's an extreme example of the objection many on the right have had to foreign aid for decades.  Specifically, politically directed resources tend to go to politically connected recipients--read "the guys  who caused the problem".

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