So Republicans think that Hugo Chavez’s plan to give homeless shelters and poor Americans discounted heating oil is “part of an unfriendly government’s increasingly belligerent and hostile foreign policy”? Why? The US government gives away billions of dollars in aid every year to the world’s poor. Would they like it if it was vieiwed as belligerent and hostile?
If the US governement wants to make Chavez look bad, belittling the entire concept of international aid as merely an influence-peddling political tool is no way to do it. After all, people might start to believe that, and then USAID will be viewed as nothing more than pure propaganda. Plenty of folks say it already is. Pronouncements like this do nothing to help.
Regardless, what’s wrong with people trying to help the poor? It should shame the US government that homeless shelters face budget shortfalls. If I ran a shelter I’d be calling up the Venezualean embassy as fast as I could. Free stuff rules.
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