A Salvadorian lady sits behind her door and watches the world walk by
I try to have a chat with every taxi driver that I meet. Not that they're any great fount of wisdom but they normally have some good insight into politics and the social condition. Tonight's conversation went like this:
Me: "How's it going tonight? How's business"?
Me: "Why's that? The weather"?
Driver: "No, there's not enough money".
Me: "Oh, why not"?
Driver: "Mr. Obama isn't giving us any money".
The conversation abruptly ended there. What do you say to that? I suppose I could go into a triad about American tax dollars belong to the American people, i.e. those who actually pay the taxes, but that will have fallen on deaf ears. (I use "American" to mean the United States… so lets not nit-pick. I'm fully aware of the technicalities.)
This is a common perception, at least in Latin America, that the United States is "rich", and has an obligation to give money to lesser-developed countries, like whatever one I happen to be in at the time. I'm all for giving money for development, access, influence… something that benefits the good people of Gringolandia, but to just outright gift U.S. tax dollars goes against my grain.