Jul. 15, 2014

Memo to Central America

From Jim Geraghty.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty has a message for Central America: “So somebody has to say this: You have to take care of your own kids. You may have heard us complaining that our federal government is becoming a nanny state, but we didn’t mean that our government is actually running a nanny service. We understand gang violence, drug cartels, and other criminals are making your countries terrible places to live. We’re really sorry to hear that. We’ve also given your government quite a bit of money to make life better down there. Honduras, we gave you $83 million in foreign aid in 2013. El Salvador: $46.8 million. Guatemala: $106 million. If the money wasn’t spent well, take it up with your government. Some of you might say that’s not enough, but we’re not obligated to give you anything. There are a hell of a lot of Americans who think that money could be better spent back here. You have to fight to make your country a better place to live so that your fellow countrymen will want to stay there.”

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