Bolivia’s populist president is traveling his country handing out aid—straight from his anti-American neighbor Hugo Chávez. The Washington Post reports that Evo Morales has been taking more than a cue from Chávez, using the Venezuelan leader's cash to fund social welfare programs and build clinics and schools, while balking at the investment in private enterprise favored by the West.
Morales dropped the anti-inflation, pro-privatization strategy known as the "Washington Consensus" and, along with other South American allies, is paying off IMF debts—freeing him to nationalize industries and adopt other “pragmatic” socialist policies forbidden by the lender. But both the US and Morales' opposition slam the handouts as a short-term fix. "They don't create long-term sustainable growth," a political opponent said.