(quote) Marianne-100218 said:
It seems to me that Latin Americans are the Responsibility of their own
Governments. We just watched the leaders of the Latin American Countries
confer with Obama about their helplessness and inability of their leadership
with regard to the welfare of their citizens.
Why didn't these so-called leaders of Latin America realize on their own
that they had a problem? Why did they have to wait until Obama was able
to convince them of their neediness and ineffective leadership at that meeting?
What world leaders will Obama seek out to convince next? Where will
this stop? Why doesn't Obama go to Detroit or Chicago or to Harlem or
any other American town or city with American Citizens facing poverty
and gangs. He should offer to help out those that have fallen through
the cracks of his inadequate Presidential leadership?
Taking on the responsibility of the poor of Latin America and any other
countries Obama sees fit to include in his fishing expedition is an unfair
burden on any and every American Citizen. Giving to Obama's Charitiy
is not a prerequisite as an American Citizen.
I have my own charities and I am sure each one of you do too. When
will Americans call Obama out on his wreckless behavior? Americans
are his responsibility, not the citizens of the rest of the world.
If you care about Latin Americans, give to Catholic Charities in Latin
America. Don't donate American taxpayers money.
Well, certainly this is a very complex issue. So without getting too deep into the weeds, I will just touch on the main subject line of your thread....
As you asked >>> "Are the People of Latin America the Responsibility of American Taxpayers?"
Using a double negative
, I would say that we (U.S. taxpayers) don't have no responsibility
for the people of Latin America. In other words, I think that we have a certain amount of responsibility, but it is difficult for me to assess the level of responsibility.
Here are some reasons, in no particular order, why we do have some responsibility (aside from any moral responsibility, which I would leave to each taxpayer to assess individually):
>> The U.S. is a signatory of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees - "Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (dating back to 1951)" - see document at www.unhcr.org
>> The U.S. has a physical land connection to Central and South America.
>> The U.S. shares legal and illegal trade with Central and South America.
>> The U.S. provides a demand for illegal drugs that are grown and manufactured in Central and South America.
>> The demand for illegal drugs has a certain amount of connection to some of the violence and corruption in Central and South America.
I am in no way saying that the U.S. taxpayers are mostly responsible for the messes in Central and South America or that they even have a major responsibility. I'm also not letting of the hook the highly dysfunctional governments and the rampant corruption in some of those countries. I'm just giving a few reasons why the U.S. taxpayer has some level of responsibility in this matter.