Wednesday, February 02, 2011

What in icy hell is this?

During my day's blog reading, a fellow reader left a comment on Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog over at The Atlantic that  Former U.S. congressman Bob Barr is representing Haiti's exiled former president Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.

Well, I just recently gained an appreciation for the foolishness this man gifted the people of Haiti in the 80's. Talk of corruption and grotesque government spending? Here's the man. 60 minutes at CBS.com is wished to remind the public of Baby Doc and the report by the Late Ed Bradley (who I LOVED) as he has now returned to Haiti. I'm glad I watched it. 

  


Highlights:
  • Haiti was a poor country and the President and his gorgeous wife lived lavish off the NATIONAL TREASURY!
  • The first lady spent $1.7million dollars (yes I said dollars) from the national Treasury on a shopping spree in Paris.
  • She also bough refrigerators for her fur coats. AND they would have a wing of their mansion icy cold so they and other rich Haitians could sit and wear their furs. You know, because Haiti is in the Caribbean. Completely outrageous.
  • When the Haitians protested (similar to what we are witnessing in Egypt) the Duvaliers fled the country but not before raiding the NATIONAL TREASURY for hundreds of millions of dollars. Leaving only a few hundred thousand. Complete ridiculousness.
  • Let us not forget his family's reign of terror, killing tens of thousands of Haitians
So Bob Barr takes up with the likes of this individual. Now he says its to free the funds to help the people of Haiti as they are suffering right now. I don't trust him with access to that type of money. But maybe everyone deserves a chance to make things right?
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