It should never be said that Americans are stingy, especially when natural disaster strikes. Hurricanes and storms throughout the United States in the past several years, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, have inspired Americans to give not only millions of dollars but also thousands of hours of time for rebuilding and humanitarian efforts. Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, tornados, and hurricanes in other parts of the world have received no less assistance from generous Americans.
The Obama administration has continued the expansion of unconstitutional U.S.-government support for the military-led “War on Drugs” in Mexico under the Merida Initiative. He has provided more resources and personnel than even former President George W. Bush, despite the program’s questionable use of resources and widespread reports of human-rights abuses.
Haiti has long been one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Even though it was the first Latin American nation to gain independence — through a slave rebellion — Haitian history has been marked by invasions and occupations to bring down one corrupt regime after another.
President Obama has two initiatives to help victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake, a private initiative that deserves lavish praise and a new government dole that lacks constitutional authority and merits condemnation. The January 12 earthquake in Haiti has unquestionably wreaked unspeakable violence.