Costa Rica News – Next week’s US Election could be a nail-biter. Now that Hurricane Sandy has arrived and devastated the Eastern seaboard you have to wonder what will be the next twist in what has been a bizarre presidential campaign during which Romney has caught Obama from a position that seemed impossible to breach after several faux pas.
It is hard knowing who is best for Costa Rica. Who is Costa Rica? Are we talking about native Ticos or are we talking about US expats who rely upon economic growth to afford life in Costa Rica either through savings in the US or pensions.
If the latter, then all money is on Romney. Romney looks like the guy who will turn the US Economy from what looks like a terminal decline under Obama. When the US Economy is doing well so the expats in Costa Rica are doing well in terms of exchange rates and dollars flowing into their businesses and resorts in Costa Rica.
If the former, then also the best bet is Romney. Romney has a foreign policy strategy that is more brazen than that of Obama who in the space of four years has shrunk the US image and influence abroad. For Costa Rican Homeland Security and its position as a US ally in the region Romney looks like the main man.
Furthermore, Costa Rican dentists and doctors will be desperate for a Romney win. The more State assistance Obama gives US Citizens in terms of healthcare dollars, the less medical vacations will happen and the less revenues the Costa Rican health professionals will make.
The Chinese will look at Central America as a less easy target if there is a trade war with the US, which Romney may well initiate. Costa Rican exporters will be looking to compete on a level playing field with the Chinese – this isn’t going to happen unless Romney takes on the Chinese as Clinton took on the Japanese all those years ago.
So, really, whichever way you look at it, Obama is bad news for Costa Ricans. He’s been a President who took out Osama Bin Laden and looked on while the British and the French sorted out Libya. He’s been a President who oversaw US decline around the world and didn’t have any answers to stem the tide. Worse, he’s had no answers for the quagmire the US Economy has found itself in.
Romney is no Saint but I assure you he is the best man for Costa Rica.