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Talk of 'Yankee imperialism' rankles US Embassy in San José

Chargé d’Affaires Gonzalo Gallegos, head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Costa Rica, responded publicly Wednesday to accusations from some lawmakers that joint maritime patrols between Costa Rica and the U.S. constituted “imperialism” in Central America.

“Tired accusations of ‘Yankee imperialism’ are just annoying clichés from an era that ended long ago,” tweeted the U.S. Embassy, attributing the comments to Gallegos, who has been the top U.S. diplomatic officer in Costa Rica since 2013.

Gallegos responded to comments by Broad Front Party lawmaker Jorge Arguedas made on the floor of the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday:

It’s an issue of sovereignty but it’s also an anti-imperialist matter for us as the Broad Front Party caucus. … Costa Rican society is taking a beating from the scourge of drug trafficking but we have also been witness to how we’ve taken a beating from the scourge of North American imperialism.

The lawmaker from the leftist party added that the government of the United States and the U.S. Embassy “time and again trample our national sovereignty,” according to transcripts from the Assembly.

Broad Front Party lawmaker Jorge Arguedas.

(Courtesy Broad Front Party)

The Legislative Assembly is debating approval of a list of 44 U.S. Coast Guard vessels that may participate in joint patrols between July 1 and Dec. 31. Costa Rica and the United States have participated in joint anti-drug operations since 1999.

Arguedas told The Tico Times that he wanted to see more U.S. efforts in education and job training in Costa Rica to keep young people from getting involved in the illicit trade.

“The policies of the United States government are completely imperialist and are an imposition,” Arguedas told The Tico Times.

“We don’t know if these ships come equipped with spy technology, spying on the political sector, or other kinds of activities they have carried out in other countries in Europe, like Germany, France,” the lawmaker added, referring to the National Security Agency spying scandal revealed in 2013.

Arguedas said that he did not believe the joint maritime patrols were effective, “That’s why we continue to oppose these permissions because the results are not what we expected.”

“I want to separate whether or not we’re being successful from whether or not we want Naval boats to come to port,” Gallegos countered.

“I know and understand the sore spot that some people in Costa Rica have about U.S. Naval vessels. We’re not asking for that; but we do want to see a continued cooperation with the Coast Guard. That’s an important element to what we’re trying to do to provide security and safety in the [Central American] region,” he said in a telephone interview.

Since President Luis Guillermo Solís took office on May 8, Drug Control Police have seized over 3 metric tons of cocaine and marijuana. The Public Security Ministry has credited the joint maritime patrols as part of its success in becoming what it claims is the most effective drug seizure organization in Central America.

Gonzalo Gallardo at Casa Amarilla, November 26, 2013

Alberto Font/The Tico Times

Gallegos argued that U.S. activities in Costa Rica go beyond drug trafficking.

He pointed out that the U.S. provides scholarships for Ticos to learn English, including the Access Microscholarship Program, in which over 100 Costa Rican students participated in a graduation ceremony on Wednesday. Gallegos added that 80 new Peace Corps volunteers were welcomed Wednesday. The diplomat said that half would teach English and the other half would work on economic development projects in some of Costa Rica’s poorest areas.

He noted that the U.S. Embassy also works in clean-energy development and works to facilitate opportunities for Ticos to study in the U.S., and improve U.S. investment in Costa Rica, among other goals.

In November 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry formally ended the U.S. foreign policy known as the Monroe Doctrine that essentially afforded the U.S. the right to dominate Latin America.

“1960’s dialogue of ‘Yankee imperialism is language from a different era. What we have here [in Costa Rica] is a true partnership working here with the Ticos,” Gallegos said.

Update: Following a wave of comments and discussion, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica issued a response in Spanish on its Facebook:

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Donald Waltz

It is so pathetic that Costa Rica would love for the US to “give money” to help with jobs and training but calls it Yankee Imperialism when the US wants to send Navy Ships to assist in drug smuggling. I guess if your own Govt cannot and will not do anything to assist it’s own people to get good jobs blame the US. Quit being dependent on other people to help you, stand up demand the end to corruption in your own country and demand better assistance instead of begging for someone else’s money to get it done,which in the end will be stolen and put into some rich Costa Rican’s account.

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I have read many of you rightwing views in the past about Costa Rica. I have not agreed with much you have said in the past and your comments today seem off the mark again. The truth is Costa Rica will never be the United States of America and to compare Costa Rica to the USA is not productive. Costa Rica has issues but i remind all US citizens that Visit and Come to stay in Costa Rica it belongs to Costa Rican not US corporation or Peace Corp groups or rich US minded Retires. Why do US citizens and US goverment always think there right on every issue if you open up about US minded agenda of Yankee Imperialism or have diffent views than US goverment? You might want to look at the world from a Costa Rica and you might see thing diffrent than a US citizen. Just a thought.

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Mark Kahle

While not wanting to get involved in the conversation on Imperialism and education I will say the following:

Costa Rica needs all the help they can get to stop the flow of drugs that is plaguing the is a simple matter of resources and training in at-sea intervention. Common sense says that when honest help is offered it is accepted with a simple thank-you. If I am not mistaken the US has asked for nothing in return for the offered assistance than some shore leave for the sailors who would be subject to Costa Rican law.

As to the question of Education there is an ever widening gap between CR and its’ degree programs. If someone has a BS from a Costa Rican institution they might be able to enter a US University at a 3rd year level or a German University at a 2nd year level. The curriculum here changes and or is modernized about as quickly as a sick turtle moves.

As to English proficiency well lets talk business. Unless you are dealing with only Spanish speaking companies in Spanish speaking nations one must speak English. A Costa Rican can walk into any public office in the US and get any form or any help needed right then and there in Spanish… try that here. Costa Ricans have at least 9 years training in English between school and high school (my daughter attends, it is FACT) yet graduate Colegio unable to speak it as a whole. I have been in a court house with an American friend discussing things in English and we were told to speak Spanish or leave… Yes, our system is wonderful. English is my third language.

If it were not for English speaking tourists (90% of all tourists that come here have a working knowledge of it) this country would collapse. If it were not for imported goods, services and currency this country would collapse.

I am not surprised that a Political Science degree holder from Canada would not know this.
I am also not surprised that some chest puffing American would not understand that Costa Rica, unlike the US, has never lost a conflict and has a population that would protect it to a man…

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Marvelous Marv

Nothing like raising a tired old canard of Yankee imperialism to cover up the massive failure of left wing economic theory and political repression exercised in Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Only a fool or blind man would ignore the invasion of Costa Rican territory by the admired Ortega. The rubbish on American involvement in controlling trans peninsular transit is laughable. Did you know a Chinese company operates the Panama Canal? You know that there is some shyster deal for the Nicaraguan Canal awarded to a mysterious Chinese company, don’t you? All those police cars and the soccer stadium gifted by the Chinese are because they love freedom loving Costa Rica? How about for a rail and highway link between Limon and Puntarenas?

The far left is intellectually bankrupt of realistic solutions. A wreckage of left wing Latin American economies is the proof. All you have left are arcane epitets and blaming others.

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What a pointless debate. We’re in the 21st century; no country, not even the United States, can get away with imperialistic impositions in a nation where information is freely available and easily accessible to all. That only works in completely backwards and impoverished places.

Jorge Arguedas and other Costa Rican leaders should focus on improving and streamlining the local economy, and US officials shouldn’t bother responding to comments which serve no purpose.

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As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua involved in community development, a 25-year resident of Costa Rica, and citizen of both Costa Rica and the U.S., I find many of the unsubstantiated, extremist remarks regarding U.S. influence on Costa Rica very closed-minded and reminiscent of many of the rantings and ravings of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Yes, there are negative effects of Costa Rica’s relationships with the U.S., but I know from personal experience that the Peace Corps is not one of them. I live permanently in Costa Rica and am proud that Costa Rica disbanded its army some 65 years ago, but without allies such as the U.S. which do have a military, forces such as Daniel Ortega’s army, which has already made inroads into Costa Rican territory as alleged before the International Court of Justice, would hardly be deterred from making further incursions (indeed, Ortega says that even the entire Costa Rican province of Guanacaste should be reclaimed by Nicaragua). I agree that U.S. military vessels should not be docked in Costa Rican ports, but Costa Rica needs all the help it can get from the U.S. Coast Guard to help stem the tide of international drug trafficking which is a threat to the security of all of us.

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What are you talking about Daniel Ortega´s army. Nicaragua is not a threat to Costa Rica at all. The PLN goverment in Costa Rica needed a cause and what better than a false war with Nicaraqua. Nicaraqua will not attack anybody. As for the peace corp the CIA uses them as a front all the time and they US aid aswell to undermind other countries political systems. Just look at Cuba US aid was helping the CIA with covert actions. I also wonder can you hold a Costa Rican passport and a US passport i thought you had to denounce your US citizenship. I am very against any US military in Costa Rica many Costa Rican want to start a defence force like Panama even the new President said it could happen. Costa Rica knows now more than ever that US military is bad news.

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Marvelous Marv

In addition to being a tired obsolete leftist, you are delusional. Were Nicaraguan troops in CR. Yes or no? Has or has not CR been victorious in the world court regarding Nicaraguan territorial incursions and claims. Did Nicaragua attempt to auction off drilling rights to offshore CR territory, yes or no?

Your rants on the peace corps, your confusing interchanging of USAID, dual citizenship (allowed) and the US military presence in CR is way off base

I sure hope you have just drinking too much guaro because otherwise your rants are signs of a disturbed and confused man.

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Oscar Zun

You gringos will always think that your government will do the right thing. Over and over again the US has used Central America and Costa Rica to its advantages without regard to the outcomes for the people of these small countries. Yes, the US is the most powerful state today and will seek to influence, manipulate, hide, bite, and kick its way. Why are you chasing after Snowden? Because so much of what the US does is “covered.” We ticos do not want you to convent Costa Rica into what you made Colombia and Mexico. The only reason we have a drug trafficking problem is the USA’s fault and its–as any other US foreign policies, thoughtless “drug on war.” Invest you money on keeping “estadounidenses”–in the US and elsewhere, from consuming drugs. Of course the US is imperialistic. The “aid’ programs are just another way of putting pressure on countries; just like it is done through international financial institutions like the WB and the IMF. It is in the nature of being the most powerful and wanting to keep it that way. The US is involved in most political decisions that take place in Costa Rica and it is not done in Costa Rica’s interest. It is done in the interest of the USA.

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Frank Castle


Get a grip, man! Costa Rica’s Coast Guard was DONATED by the U.S.A. They are 82′ Point Class cutters that are a bit old but still formidable.

Who was sabre rattling when the border issue was raised? Nicaragua
Who invaded Costa Rica in 1955? Nicargagua
Who brought up taking back Guanacaste and making it part of Nicaragua? You guessed it, Nicaragua.

Now, as I have said before, the USA’s past record in Latin America has not been that great but that was then, this is now. Also, why doesn’t Solis follow Guatemala’s proposal of legalizing Marijuana and other drugs. All the current government had to do is change this policy and the US Navy wouldn’t even be working with your country. The US Coast Guard the same.

Also, my Mom who is retired in Costa Rica is NOT RICH but has a decent retirement and can get by. Not all American expats are rolling in dollars so stop trying to push that narrative. My mother is very close to the Two Ticos that she employs and follows all of the laws regarding their salaries unlike the government does with the teachers.

Costa Rica needs to stop blaming other countries, including the USA for its problems. These multinational companies that closed up shop lately in Costa Rica have done the same in the USA too looking for cheap but educated labor. Costa Rica needs to try ideas like growing more sugar cane to produce ethanol to lower your fuel costs and promote more solar power on individual homes to reduce the power load on the grid.

If and when the Russians and/or Chinese open up military bases and station troops in Central America, you might then realize than the USA, even with some of its past transgressions, wasn’t the worst world power to influence your part of the world.

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well said, Mr. Waltz

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After hearing these comments by the Frente Amplio it is a good thing they lost the last election they would have ruined this Country . Just see what happens to this country with drug use and crime if there is no help from the US. Drug use and the repercussions in larger countries, such as the US and in Europe can absorb the ill effects from Drug use and Cartels. Small countries like Costa Rica will fall to the criminals like in El Salvador. Then you will be yelling for the so called “Yankee Imperialists ” to run back here to help,

As far as spying you think any other country is not doing that, what a joke. SO easy to blame the USA. Funny how the USA accepts every culture into their land yet here there is bias of other cultures. Fortunately most of the Ticos don’t feel this way. I would take so called Yankee Imperialism any day over Socialist dictatorships. Just have to look at Venezuela as an example

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“…. Rankles embassy”.
And what other reaction would you expect from a ‘civil war igniting’, village eliminating, economic terrorizing, labour exploiting, produce monopolizing imperialist; Humility?

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As a person who moved to Costa Rica several years back and had to leave for other reasons, I noticed the Imperialism then. Costa Rica is already under US control if you ask me. Your freedoms are just about to evaporate. Move to Columbia, I guess?

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Ken Morris

I am surprised by how defensive representatives of the US embassy have become lately. If the US really believes that it isn’t (or no longer is) imperialistic, then it can politely say something to the effect that “we prefer not to have our involvements in Costa Rica characterized as imperialism since that isn’t our objective” rather than pitch a fit. The fit pitching makes you wonder if maybe US involvements in Costa Rica ARE imperialistic and the accusation hits a nerve.

And actually, there are elements of imperialism in current US policy toward Costa Rica. According to the General heading the Southern Command, US military involvement in the region is foremost aimed at maintaining US military dominance in the region against potential rivals, in particular Russia and China, not battling the drug trade. This may not be imperialism, but it sure is readiness for imperialistic action.

Likewise, isn’t teaching English cultural imperialism? Of course it is. Instead of bothering to learn Spanish (or having decent foreign language programs in its public schools) the US prefers to send peace corps people and fund scholarships to teach Spanish-speakers English. Sure, in the real world (dominated by the US) this helps the Ticos who learn English, but it’s still cultural imperialism.

And this is before we get to issues like so-called free trade treaties, which distinctly benefit US companies while creating at best mixed results in countries like Costa Rica. Indeed, the US helped pay for the campaign in favor of CAFTA in Costa Rica and meddled additionally in the internal political process. Surely this is at minimum a kind of soft imperialism.

No one believes that the US Navy is going to invade Costa Rica and steal the bananas. The days of this kind of direct imperialism are generally over (perhaps because as a result of that historic imperialism the US now gets plenty of bananas cheaply without having to resort to military conquest). Imperialism nowadays is typically a much softer endeavor. Even so, as recently as the 1980s, the US did manage to undertake military actions from Costa Rica, at least until Oscar Arias kicked the militaristic superpower out of his country. It’s therefore not unreasonable for Ticos to be concerned about a US military presence in their country, since recent history shows that can be a slippery slope.

All this said, I don’t believe that the US’s motives in Costa Rica are particularly imperialistic nowadays either, so wouldn’t make a big deal out of working with the US on a variety of issues were I Tico (although banning the Navy while permitting the Cost Guard may be a reasonable compromise). However, I don’t understand why representatives from the US embassy get in a huff when Ticos express concern about US imperialism. Whatever the embassy wants to say, Costa Rica is only being prudent to fear US imperialism, which still exists.

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Que tonto eres.

Do you really think that teaching English is imperialism? How about opportunity. English isn’t the language of only the United States. Let’s see, it’s called ENGLISH, it originated in ENGLAND. It’s widely spoken in the European union and opens doors for people to have a better life.

Case in point? Pharmacists in Costa Rica are lucky to make a measly $1500 a month, $18,000 a year. In Spain, they are lucky to make $36000 a year.

Let’s see how that stacks up to the English Speaking world. Salary in Canada and the US, around $114000 a year. Salary in England, upwards of $54000 a year.

So let’s see, I could work as a pharmacist in Costa Rica, like a dog, work 20 years and make $360,000 before taxes. BEFORE taxes.

OORRR, I could make that money in THREE years in the United States or Canada, six years in the UK.

You tell me which is a better idea? Teaching another language is not imperialism, it is giving people the gift of a chance to earn more than the starvation wages paid in their third world countries.

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Again you mislead. Speaking English should not be the most important thing to Spanish speaking countries but it does help with tourists that come to Costa Rica. If US corp come to Costa Rica and say you have to learn are language that is a form of imperialism because they are looking for cheaper labour than staying in there own country. Every country in Latina America has a right to govern its own way without US intrests telling them how to live. Radical Right wing people that never see poor or education or health care as a need are blind to 86% of the world that want these things. You should know that the most spoken languages in the world are 1,Mandarin,2 Spanish and 3.English . As for the pharmacy salary your wrong again the average Costa Rican Pharmacy salary is$ 2900 a month and in Canada its $4550 a month US pharmacy is $4200 a month. JAF have you ever lived anywhere else than the USA? Here is list of Spanish speaking Countries Spain, accourding to wikipedia. Notice the USA and Canada are on the list. Mexico, United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,Canada
Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara

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Ben, you’re full of shit. I’m a PHARMACY STUDENT at UNIBE.

The wage in my home state is over $114,000 a year for pharmacy. Canada makes similar. I know pharmacists in the US and Canada and my information is dead on.

I LIVE in Costa Rica and the wage I quoted is accurate.

Liar and communist.

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Ken Morris

JAF, If you’re still reading, let me encourage you broaden your mode of thinking and discussion.

In your response to me, you opened with an insult; in your response to Ben, you both opened and closed with insults. It’s really more civil to discuss the issues, any issues you care to in fact, than resort to insults.

Also, people who resort to insults usually betray an inadequate grasp of the issues they purport to debate. This seems clear in your case. Whether pharmacists or anyone else earns more or less in the US than Costa Rica has no bearing on the issue of cultural imperialism.

Look at it this way: English-speaking prostitutes probably earn more on the average in Costa Rica than those who only speak Spanish, all else being equal. It doesn’t though follow that teaching prostitutes English would be helpful for Costa Rica. English-speaking whores to sex tourists are after all still whores.

It sounds like you may be too focused on individual incomes, maybe even your own, to appreciate that there are sometimes other important issues, like autonomy in the workplace, national integrity, and cultural pride.

I don’t have a problem with any Tico learning English, and understand that it helps many earn a buck. But this doesn’t change the fact that they are learning the language of the dominant and historically imperialistic powers, when those powers rarely reciprocate. US amabassadors in Costa Rica don’t even necessarily speak Spanish. It’s a pretty one-sided and humiliating relationship, all to make a buck, and not a whole lot different from being a whore. As such, there is the aroma of cultural imperialism about it.

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Good point Ken thanks for reminding about CIA in Costa Rica. Good comments. I wonder if US embassy is not getting everything they want from New goverment in Costa Rica? Maybe that is why they are pissed off.

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Jason Smith

Costa Rica now has a chance to cash in big with regard to Nicaragua’s Trans-Isthmus Canal project scheduled to begin construction later this year. Costa Rica has always been the focus of US imperialism’s drive to control Trans-Isthmus traffic. This coast guard deal is just a cover for their real intentions which are to disrupt if possible the new Nicaraguan Trans-Isthmus canal. I think the real world problem for Costa Rica comes from the huge number of permanently on the US public teat retirees who look at Nicaragua as part of the spoils due to them for their loyalty to the gringo regime over the years. Getting this émigré ex-pat population under control should be the government’s immediate task so that the Costa Rican people can benefit from the jobs and markets created in Nicaragua which will be permanent and well paying.

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Your comments are very good. Good point on Coast Guard. Our New President in CR is building a better relationship with Nicaragua goverment it pisses off may US citizens but they will have to learn to deal with it.

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You are right Jorge Arguedas Yankee imperialism 100% is still around. Most Costa Ricans are sick of fighting for Visas to Travel though the US and to get into the US. The United States goverment use CIA to hurt latin america goverments everyday with threats and false media telling lies about Latin America. I find it funny that the US embassy guy says that 80 peace corp are here to help. The truth is the peace corp is a joke most of the people in the peace corp do very little and the peace corp is a stepping stone to get into the CIA. The CIA use peace corp as a recruiting plat form. Under PLN leadership the CIA and DEA have had good control of Costa Rica. Now most poor Costa Rican that have not had a voice are speaking up and US minded coruption is coming out in the media little by little. Jorge Arguedas is right most of these US navy ships comeing to Costa Rica with spy tech equipment and they listen to our phone calls and internet everyday said Ed Snowdon. I love how John Kerry said the Monroe Doctrine is over they just use another name called Control. Just like the School of the America changed its name now to WHINSEC they still do the same teaching there just under a diffrent name. Yankee imperialism is still very active by the post that i read fron US citizens that retire in Costa Rica saying thing like Costa Rica should drill for oil and should change there currency to dollars. The Truth is US agenda is very two faced they like the rich and hate poor even in there own country with 48 million on food stamps do these people have a voice for any honest change. I love Costa Rica the country i was born in most Costa Rican hate going to beach now because rich US citizen have large houses when most Costa Rican can´t get a small lot to build or afford a small lot because US citizen have driven the prices up. I hope for something diffrent soon thank you Jorge Arguedas for speaking about some issues that are on most Costa Ricans mind. As for the US goverment do away with your VISA program and close all your over seas military bases and maybe me can talk about not saying yankee imperialism. Good luck US but you don´t need luck you have a big military unlike Costa Rica.

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Mark D'Andrea

@Ben – When I moved to CR 4 years ago I befriended a Tico fisherman in Guanacaste. He complained to me about how the Canadians were trying to “colonize” CR. Then he offered me a smoke off his joint and said, “Many people, Ticos, Canadians, hate me because I have done all that I can to stop progress and development in CR”.

I am an American and proud of it. I was born into a poor family in the US my Great Grandfather immigrated from Italy, we didn’t have much, but we lived in the greatest country in the world – the USA. Where all men are born equal, where opportunity exists for those that want to do more than sit around and smoke dope all day, drink beer and complain. I’m not saying that all CRs are like this, but CR did recently qualify for the #1 highest alcoholism rate in Central America and 4th in LATAM. What does that tell you. And it doesn’t have anything to do with the US. Maybe Guaro. But these are only true statistics, not opinions like Ben has to offer. I know many CRs in the US that have done very well for themselves, they made it out of communist Costa Rica to live a life of freedom. Costa Rica is fortunate to have the US as an ally. Oh and Ben, at least the US has a food stamp program and if they hated the poor why does it feed them? You really don’t know what you are talking about, you don’t know anything about the global recession that has been happening for the past 5 years and has affected CR as well. You don’t know anything about the world because the schools in CR didn’t teach you anything. Please don’t waste our time with your uncultured opinions!

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Ken Morris

You left out the part of the alcohol survey which showed that consumption is higher in the US than CR. I’m not sure that alcohol consumption (or joint smoking etc.) is a very good measure of which countries are imperialistic and/or the greatest in the world, but insofar as they are, the US loses . . .

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Mark D'Andrea

I wasn’t trying to point out that alcohol consumption was relevant to imperialism, and the US is not in CA or LATAM where I cite my statistics about “alcoholism” not alcohol consumption. You can consume alcohol and not be an alchoholic. The point I was trying to make is that Ticos have a cultural and historical orientation to being “taken over”, colonized, imperialized and enslaved by more powerful countries. Presently, I don’t think this is true.

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Well i must comment on your Comments. First i have to comment on the US being an ally to Costa Rica. Are you serious? Why does Costa Rica need to be an Ally of United States we do not have an army. Costa rica is not a threat to anybody. You US citizen love to use words like ally and war on drugs and war on terror but you never use words like war to get people out of poverty. Second you mentioned about global recession a recession that started because US citizens like light touch regulation in Banking and giving out to much credit. Who caused the global recession greedy US bankers and unregulated banking system and over priced housing market. I will end by saying i have a master from Univeristy of Toronto in Political Science i run my own business in Costa Rica that has 40 full time staff and my business has nothing to do with United States at all. You are right on one point that Costa Rica has struggled because of the Global Recession but Cafta or TLC are bad for Costa Rican and only help US citizens and not Costa Ricans.

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Mark D'Andrea

Ben: What have you done in Costa Rica to help curb the outrageously high interest rates the banks and the retail institutions use to gouge the people of this country? I can’t believe that the government allows the lending of money 39% a 47% interest. That isn’t helping a society to grow. That is thievery, plain and simple. And the same financial instability problems will happen here in CR that has happened in the US. The poor will stay poor and get poorer paying these high interest rates. And who benefits from it? We all know who that is Ben.

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Ben, the U.S. did launch a war on poverty. In the 1960’s. And we ended the “War on Drugs” back in the 1990’s. Just saying.

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Eric, President Obama Used the sentance the other day War on Drugs as for poverty your right but when was the last time in 40 years has the US goverment said anything about poverty. I stand corrected on Poverty.

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