Even more desperate to see El Salvador get the money is the MCC, which claims that it administers foreign aid differently than traditional bureaucracies. Under its guidelines, only candidates that demonstrate a commitment to good governance and the rule of law qualify for grants. But since countries that clear that hurdle, and thus attract capital, grow on their own, finding “clients” is challenging for the MCC.
So it ignores the guidelines. Last year Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) noted the gaping chasm between the MCC’s rules and El Salvador’s sketchy profile, calling it “a country of weak democratic institutions where the independence of the judiciary has been attacked, corruption is widespread and transnational criminal organizations have flourished.”
El Salvador blocks foreign investment and employment opportunities to its people, getting instead MCC and Venezuelan oil handouts. As Mary O’Grady puts it,
Why bother with the pesky rule of law when the home of one of the world’s largest oil reserves and even the great Satan to the north are standing by with free money?