Do We Need a Marshall Plan for Central America?

Thom plus logo Donald Trump is doing everything he can to create a crisis at our southern border, so that he can campaign on it in 2020. While China is reaching out to developing and Third World countries around the world with their Belt and Road program, building infrastructure and stable governments, Trump is cutting off aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador that is used to advance democracy and minimize refugees.

If he wanted to stop refugees from appearing at our southern border, he would be working with those three countries, which we devastated with the Reagan's illegal Contra war, to build strong democracies and resilient economic and energy infrastructures. Instead, he is doing the opposite. Just like prison was the cornerstone of Nixon's brutal and racist War On Drugs and those increased American violence and devastated poor American communities, Trump's policies are producing more refugees, which is exactly what he wants so that he can point to all those brown people coming from the south and whip up his white racist base just in time for the next election.

This is Lee Atwater all over again, only without the sophistication and veneer of civilization. We need to join with Mexico to create a new Marshall plan for Central America.

-Thom

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From Cracking the Code:
"Thom Hartmann ought to be bronzed. His new book sets off from the same high plane as the last and offers explicit tools and how-to advice that will allow you to see, hear, and feel propaganda when it's directed at you and use the same techniques to refute it. His book would make a deaf-mute a better communicator. I want him on my reading table every day, and if you try one of his books, so will you."
Peter Coyote, actor and author of Sleeping Where I Fall
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy
From Screwed:
"Once again, Thom Hartmann hits the bull’s eye with a much needed exposé of the so-called ‘free market.’ Anyone concerned about the future of our nation needs to read Screwed now."
Michael Toms, Founding President, New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network and author of A Time For Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy