We Need Another Marshall Plan

I see that when posts are written about immigration there is a common thread……they come for free stuff.

I do not agree….most people would stay home if they had the possibility of earning a living for their families.

I am looking at another Marshall Plan.

The US had a big idea after WW2….in a attempt to help rebuild a devastated Europe after war…..it was called the Marshall Plan.

The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program, was a U.S. program providing aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. It was enacted in 1948 and provided more than $15 billion to help finance rebuilding efforts on the continent. The brainchild of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, for whom it was named, it was crafted as a four-year plan to reconstruct cities, industries and infrastructure heavily damaged during the war and to remove trade barriers between European neighbors – as well as foster commerce between those countries and the United States.

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/marshall-plan-1

Since the US has been ass deep in the events in Central America for 75 years then it should fall on our shoulders to help make it right.

In his 2013 book, “The Right to Stay Home,” activist and journalist David Bacon wrote of Mexican farmers finding themselves considering the difficult and dangerous trek to El Norte, after their livelihoods were destroyed by the cheap American corn flooding their country as a result of the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Bacon posed the question of whether there should be a “right not to migrate.” Today’s situation is more complex. Migrants now predominantly come from three separate countries—El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—and for many violence has replaced poverty as the driving force. Yet the fundamental question remains the same: What would it take to make tomorrow’s potential refugees decide staying home was a better option than giving their life savings to smugglers and risking their lives crossing deserts and rivers?

What also remains the same is deep U.S. involvement in the history of those countries—history that Central Americans know, and North Americans mostly don’t. The longest-running U.S. intervention in the region has been in Guatemala, starting with the 1954 CIA-engineered overthrow of the country’s democratically elected President Jacobo Arbenz, continuing with using the country as staging ground for the 1960 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba (putting down a local rebellion in the process), and involvement in the country’s civil wars running into the 1990’s.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/23/us-needs-marshall-plan-central-america

I believe this type of economic plan could work….but(there is always a but, right?) there is a dire need to curb the rampant corruption that these countries governments are capable of committing.

If the US truly wanted to find an answer to the problem of immigration then maybe looking for solutions and not demonizing humans would be a better approach…..this demonizing is helping NO one.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

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12 thoughts on “We Need Another Marshall Plan

  1. I totally agree with this. People holler about the trivial amount of money spent on foreign aid, but have no problem with a Pentagon that requests $750,000,000 for 2020, and probably wants a $1,000,000,000.

    1. Look zt the cash we have spent just on Afghan istan since 2001…..somewhere near 2 trillion. that could go a long way at solving some of the problems in CA chuq

      1. Thnk what a trillion would do for the infrastructure, debt reduction, any number of of issues in this country, let alone abroad.

      2. As a driver, I’d love having roads that I didn’t have to drive like a a drunk to get around all the deep potholes my VW Golf Sportwagen might drop into and never be seen again – or sustain serious body and suspension damage!

      3. Yeah, and the best healthcare system ever! Hard to believe anyone fell for his patter but Trumpsters I live among still believe he has or will keep his promises!

      4. Hard to believe that after 2 years of lies they still flock to his side….I believe it is more about the rhetoric than the actual policies chuq

  2. I think I will add my vote to this as well: excellent post.
    But you are wrong, of course, when you say that the demonizing of immigrants is helping no one. It is a distinct help – in fact, looks to be a prime key – for Trump to get re-elected. And there are a lot of other Republican politicians running on the same plank…

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