President Trump has announced the end of U.S. aid to three of the most corrupt countries in our hemisphere: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Presumably, aid will be reinstated when they stop sending their people through Mexico (no friend of ours) into the United States.
Not at all surprisingly, Democrats – who see these people as soon-to-be voter – are outraged, and will do everything in their power to prevent the end of this funding.
According to an article from Reuters:
Democratic Representative Nita Lowey, who chairs the (House Appropriations) committee, tweeted that the move to cut aid was “immoral and more likely to deteriorate conditions that push people into the kind of poverty and despair that exacerbates migration.”
New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Trump’s order a “reckless announcement” and urged Democrats and Republicans alike to reject it.
“U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it advances our strategic interests and funds initiatives that protect American citizens,” Menendez said in a statement.
The premise of this outrage, of course, is that the aid we send to these countries actually filters down to the people it is supposed to help.
Does it? If so, then why do the people of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras remain so impoverished. Why are there no improvements to the overall country?
Where does the money go? Or, asked another way, do the heads of state and the high-level officials in these countries live well? Very, very well?
There is no doubt President Trump has a battle ahead of him on this front; one that it is possible he cannot win (I’m not sure how much unilateral power he has to make his decision stick).
But one battle he will certainly win is political: he will force Democrats to go on record as fully rewarding corrupt Central American governments which “thank” us by allowing their people to illegally migrate to the United States – and, no doubt, to send money they illegally earn here back home.
This may thrill the folks in some states – states Trump probably can’t win anyway.
But it will almost certainly solidify his base in “red” states, while – and this is they key – also solidifying his importance to working-class families in the midwest, who see their jobs lost and/or their incomes dropping because illegals are paid less money, which drives down overall wages.
How will this ultimately play out? How will it affect the 2020 election? See me next year, in early November.