Saturday, January 26, 2008

Snapshots of Salvadoran life

I came across a blog entry today from a blogger doing interviews with the NGO Foundation for Self Sufficiency in Central America in El Salvador. Here is a sample:

One that made a huge impression on me Don Daniel is so humble, he is a grandfather, and his skin is a toasted caramel color from working in the fields his whole life. He was one of the most beautiful gardens I have seen from mango trees to fields of corn, ginger, mint, tomato, peppers, okra, chilies, cucumber….the chickens at his house and the cats and dogs all look healthy, a bit of a rarity in these parts. He always says I am not an educated man, I do not know about these things of the world, but I know about the earth, I know about how to grow things, and even though I am not educated I look around and I think this or that. He has such interesting perspectives on things. He tells us about how the mayors and district leaders who are with the FMLN do not get any money to run programs in their areas, but those who are part of the current government do. In communities with a mix you can see as those (families) with the governments party receive things like fertilizer or a basket of bare necessity goods like rice and beans, etc.

Read the rest here.

3 comments:

El-Visitador said...

«In communities with a mix you can see as those (families) with the governments party receive things like fertilizer or a basket of bare necessity goods like rice and beans, etc.»

Interesting. You would think the enemies of the government, always ready to discredit it, would have made much political hay out of such corruption a long time ago.


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It is easy to predict that the self-interest of individuals empowered to give away government stuff will, inevitably, lead to the so-empowered individuals to mismanage that which is being given away (i.e., corruption).

Therefore, the healthiest approach is to not give away any subsidies.

The State should, instead, focus on promoting policies which will enable all to prosper by themselves: abundant police, low taxes, a fair and speedy Judiciary, and good schools.

At this time, it does not look as if we have any of these good policies. You see, the government is too busy dreaming up subsidies!

Anonymous said...

No creo que usted es de El Salvador. Me parece a mí que usted es un gringo sin el corazón del Latino.

Anonymous said...

i told you, hew is CIA very mixed up and probably one of Bush/s/Saca's narco buddies