Not A Penny Of Pledged U.S. Rebuilding Aid Has Reached Haiti

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Intelinvestor, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Not A Penny Of Pledged U.S. Rebuilding Aid Has Reached Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Nearly nine months after the earthquake, more than
    a million Haitians still live on the streets between piles of rubble. One
    reason: Not a cent of the $1.15 billion the U.S. promised for rebuilding has

    The money was pledged by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in March
    for use this year in rebuilding. The U.S. has already spent more than $1.1
    billion on post-quake relief, but without long-term funds, the
    reconstruction of the wrecked capital cannot begin.

    With just a week to go before fiscal 2010 ends, the money is still tied up
    in Washington. At fault: bureaucracy, disorganization and a lack of urgency,
    The Associated Press learned in interviews with officials in the State
    Department, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the White House and the
    U.N. Office of the Special Envoy. One senator has held up a key
    authorization bill because of a $5 million provision he says will be
  2. Lucrum


    Personally I think we've wasted enough on them already. Especially considering we have to borrow to pay for our gifts.
  3. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    why doesnt france step up to the fucking plate?
  4. 377OHMS


    Agree. There are hungry people with no shelter in the USA, many in northern cities that get cold. Lets sort them out first.

    If I had millions to spend in Haiti I would put large numbers of locals to work planting trees. Haiti is almost completely deforested. Everyone bitches about CO2. Put them to work and reforest the country. Setup some alternate source of fuel for cooking so they don't simply tear the trees down to burn, again.
  5. 377OHMS


    They were a french colony, they speak french. Why do all the former british possessions in the Caribbean propser?
  6. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    i'm aware of the french ties, that's why i was curious as to why france isn't stepping up.
  7. france really usually kinda disses their former colonies like haiti, or quebec... i think most of the french think of it as more along the lines of "hey you guys wanted independence, now you got it, sort out your own problems now". that's what i gather the attitude towards former french colonies are...

  8. 377OHMS


    I was trying to give background to why you were asking about the French stepping up. :)
  9. Eight


    yeah but many were living on streets between piles of rubble before the earthquake
  10. JamesL


    Where's Kanye and his requisite dumb-ass insight?
    #10     Sep 29, 2010