Monday, May 26, 2008

LAC Policy Ideas for Barak Obama

Barak Obama's position on Latin American policy, he described at the Cuban American national foundation in Miami, Florida, May 23, 2008, isn't exactly liberal.... but it is a moderate to liberal view, and well yes, educated. He suggests promoting current development agencies like AID, MCC, IDB but there really are too few details to his "plan" to grasp what he is suggesting. But what is encouraging (or maybe disbursing) is that he isn't all that far from what is going on now in terms of LAC policy. He mentions the hot button topics of Latin American policy, like the Merrida Plan, Cuban’s policy of non-engagement, Haiti’s development and construction, wile intergrading immigration and pro-Americanism into the speech. There should be a few new ideas that he could include like

1. promoting a technical corps instead of the peace corps for graduated countries;
2. meld policies of the IDB with the summit of the Americas commitments, by matching the declaration with loans done at the bank;
3. include subnational lending to sub-sovereign nation states as a new way to strengthen economic and financial systems in LAC;
4. help the Inter-American Foundation by increasing it's budget to provide grants for grassroots development;
5. add training for import and export within trade agreements ;
6. promote small business development through opening up the IFC's loans to Medium size business of less than an Million dollars a piece and
7. assist to regulate the microcredit market.


But these are just a few ideas.... I hope as the campaign goes on, we here more about his plan in further detail.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

LAC Policy is Not Just for Hispanics

As I was perusing the Web, I noticed that the Democratic Party has included Latin American Policy with the Hispanic section. Just because they are "Hispanic" doesn't mean that people are going to be interested in Latin American Policy and vice-versa. I thought the Barack Obama Campaign was not about putting people into stereotypical boxes, but opening the playing field. May be he hasn't rubbed off on the Democratic Committee as of yet. Too bad. Our forgiven policy, including LAC policy should be comprehensive and inclusive, not contriving and contrite. Let's work on this.....



Democrats.org has a post called "Bush's Failed Legacy: Latin America" that's worth checking out...





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