I can't seem to leave some news stories alone...
Making It Worth Their While
What was Gates expecting? The red carpet and a lap dance?
Seriously, is it any surprise that Latin America is cool to the US? The fact of the matter is that we rail against the several socialist regimes there and the fact that they are opening up to other countries, but we offer them no other choice.
Just using Bolivia as an example, yes, we send them a lot of money every year, but are we doing anything to make Bolivia self-sufficient? No, not a thing. We are merely trying to make Bolivia and it's people as dependent on the US government as we are doing with the American people. Gee, that's a very liberal thing to do.
The fact is that the Bolivian people do not want to be dependent on the US. They want to be their own people and have their own country. I can't blame them for that.
So, how do we make the Bolivians our real friends? That's easy.
We let them be Bolivians.
Offer help in very clearly defined ways that will grow the Bolivian economy to the point that they no longer need our handouts. Yes, it really is just that simple.
You do that, and all of a sudden we are in a competitive market. US companies can compete to get into Bolivia. And the way they will do that is by showing the Bolivians that the US companies provide a better value than those from other countries.
But it all comes down to one very simple fact...
People do not need or want handouts.
People often need a hand up.
Melodee Aaron, Erotica Romance Author
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