In the next couple of weeks millions of Americans from all over the global will be going to the polls on November 4th to elect a new president, between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain. If Obama wins, would be the first black American President. But will Obama as the President of America be in the best interest of the Caribbean and the same can be said for John McCain.
Over on BBC Caribbean website, there is an on-going discussion forum on “US-Caribbean relations“, and how most of the Caribbean islands have excepted the US foreign policy under the Bush administration. More and more Caribbean migrants live in the United States that anywhere else in the world.
While relations between the US and the Caribbean have been good, there have nevertheless been policy differences on several issues, and the big questions by BCC Caribbean editors are:
Will get better with Obama?
Will there be gains with McCain?
Or will it be status quo no matter how it goes?
Share your thoughts in the comments.
Definitely Obama. Bush has made a phony issue of homeland security, and has used it to choke off visas. Also, Bush lived his life in wealth and privilege and does not understand being poor and having to struggle as Obama does.
Obama is on record as a protectionist and will do everything possible to increase trade barriers, which will hurt the Caribbean. Also Obama’s higher taxes and higher government spending will increase unemployment and reduce opportunities for all immigrants to the US, including those from the Caribbean.
Obama may be popular in Europe, where socialists are openly respected, but if he is elected it will be to the detriment of all countries that trade with the US. Look at what the Democrats are doing to Colombia.
What are the Democrats doing to Columbia? The Republicans are in power. Have been for 8 years. In 2006 the Democrats earned slim congressional majorities, but not enough to win in parliamentary rule fights or override presidential vetoes. So, please educate me: What are the Democrats doing to Columbia?