Posted on January 25, 2010. Filed under: News And Politics... |

I don’t mean to sound cold and heartless because I do feel bad for these people and their plight, but their government put them in this situation.  It wasn’t global warming, it wasn’t the devil and it wasn’t voodoo either.  Haiti has been receiving billions of dollars from all over the world, and the United States of America has been very generous.  The idiot aka Kanye West once stated that "George Bush doesn’t care about black people".  As always, he talks through his butt and is in severe need of an industrial strength enema.  The figures below prove that George Bush helped Haiti even more than Clinton did.  During Bush’s tenure, he gave more money to the Haitians even with our struggling economy after the September 11, 2001 attacks where he had to increase our military (Clinton drastically reduced it, then was cocky enough to boast of a "surplus").  Add to that the strain on our economy after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and I’d say Bush gave a lot of taxpayer money to Haiti.  Bill Clinton, on the other hand, is a different story.  Clinton drastically reduced military spending and closed several military bases, and let’s not forget the sale of 50% of the U.S. Naval Strategic Petroleum Reserves, an oil field in Elk Hills CA, which was sold in a no-bid sale for $3.65 billion to Occidental Petroleum.  That money was placed in the general fund and helped create the "budget surplus".  With all that money that Clinton "saved" due to his military cuts, he also left America wide open for terrorist attacks.  Two off the top of my head comes to mindthe World Trade Center bombing that occurred on February 26, 1993, shortly after he took office and the bombing of the USS Cole that occured toward the end of Clinton’s tenure on October 12, 2000 in Yemen, a place that has been a thorn in our side.  The USS Cole was bombed making a fuel stop in port.  They usually fueled out at sea where it’s safer, but thanks to Clinton’s budget cuts…you guessed it, the terrorists knew the routine and they acted on it, thanks to Clinton’s incompetence.
Anyway, here is a brief rundown of money the U.S. has donated to Haiti since FY1992…
     FY1992     $51M       (Under George H. W. Bush)
     FY1993     $88.7       (Under Bill Clinton)
     FY1994     $105.4
     FY1995     $159.6
     FY1996     $99.3
     FY1997     $101.6
     FY1998     $102.3
     FY1999     $94
     FY2000    $80
     FY2001     $73.6       (Under George W. Bush)
     FY2002    $55.9
     FY2003     $71.9
     FY2004     $132.1
     FY2005     $187.6
     FY2006     $225.7
     FY2007     $225
     FY2008     $234
     FY2009     $302        (Under Barack Obama)
Where did all that money go?  From the looks of it, it certainly didn’t go to the people of Haiti.  I’d like to know how the people of the Dominican Republic are faring as they share the island with Haiti.  What happened over there?  I haven’t heard one news story about them.  Are they helping out the Haitians?  As I understand it, the Dominican Republic suffered no ill effects like Haiti did which seems rather strange.
I’m all for helping them out, but this country is suffering from its own disasters.  How are we going to accommodate more homeless people when we can’t even take care of the homeless people we already have in the United States?  Should we also take in refugees who suffer after sunamis and other catastrophes?  Are we also going to have to take in all the illegal aliens who cross our borders and roll out the red carpet for them and give them access to free health care and shelter when Americans are losing their homes and jobs on a daily basis?  At some point, we have to say enough is enough! 
If the government does allow all these Haitians into this country, will they be thoroughly checked for diseases, especially Tuberculosis (TB)?  TB, a leading killer of children in Haiti, is a bacterial infection that can spread through the lymph nodes and bloodstream to any organ of the body, but is usually found in the lungs.  Because the bacteria that cause tuberculosis are transmitted through the air, the disease can be quite contagious.  Tuberculosis thrives in conditions of poverty and overcrowding and kills about 2 million people each year worldwide.  Will Haitians be properly checked and immunized?  Are all those volunteers coming into Haiti and leaving there be checked as well?  According to USAid, Haiti has the highest per capita tuberculosis (TB) burden in the Latin America and Caribbean region.  After HIV/AIDS, TB is the country’s greatest infectious cause of mortality in both youth and adults (6,814 deaths in 2007).  Haiti is among the eight priority countries identified by the Pan American Health Organization for TB control in the region.  According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 2009 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, Haiti had an estimated 29,333 new TB cases in 2007.  Of these, 53 percent were new pulmonary sputum smear-positive (SS+) cases.  Although Haiti falls short of the WHO targets of 70 percent case detection and 85 percent treatment success rates, the DOTS (the internationally recommended strategy for TB control) case detection rate rose from 37 percent to 49 percent between 2003 and 2007.  The DOTS treatment success rate was 82 percent in 2006, a slight increase from 78 percent in 2003. DOTS coverage fell to 70 percent in 2007 compared with 91 percent in 2006, though it was still above the 2005 level of 55 percent.  However, in some highly dense metropolitan settings, such as areas in Port-au-Prince, coverage can be as low as 13 percent.  The most populated department in Haiti, Ouest (West), has 34 percent of the country’s population, but only 25 percent coverage.


Since 1998, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has supported the DOTS strategy in order to strengthen the national TB program, the Programme National de Lutte contre la Tuberculose (PNLT), and approved national guidelines and norms for TB control in 2002.  However, the program lacks political and financial support from the government, and there is a lack of skilled technical human resources at the central level of the PNLT.  A major problem in combating TB is that co-infection with HIV can run as high as 30 percent in some urban areas.  Strong stigma and cultural barriers attached to TB also interfere with case detection and adherence to treatment.  Multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB has increased from 1.4 percent in 2004 to 1.8 percent in 2007.  In partnership with three USAID-supported non-governmental organizations, the MOH has taken steps to implement DOTS clinics in all 10 geographical departments in Haiti.  People in the U.S. want to adopt Haitian children, but is it safe to do so?


We cannot help everyone in this world, and if we as a country can’t even take care of our own, how can our government expect us to add to the burden we are already shouldering?  The last thing our country needs is to allow a mass influx of poor, homeless and jobless people into a country already beset by mass unemployment and rising crime rates due to same.  We don’t need an influx of immigrants further burdening an already overburdened social services structure.  Millions upon millions of dollars have been raised for the Haitian relief effort.  What needs to happen is to let them be there to benefit from those funds instead of coming here to drain ours.  Haitians are being helped, but just giving them money will not solve their problem.  They must be taught how to be self sufficent with the funds they are receiving.  The last people who should be receiving that money on their behalf is their government who contributed to their dire existence.  Some reputable organization should be appointed to oversee that those finances are appropriated effectively, but don’t ask the Obama administration as this would lead to further disaster.  This situation brings to mind a couple of good quotes…
"The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves."
─Abraham Lincoln 

"We pay too little attention to the reserve power of the people to take care of themselves. We are too solicitous for government intervention, on the theory, first, that the people themselves are helpless, and second, that the government has superior capacity for action. Often times both of these conclusions are wrong."

─Calvin Coolidge 


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