Costa Rica: Raiding Grandma's Cabinet

Carazo's free-spending ways have turned a crisis into a disaster

On the eve of Independence Day, which falls on Sept. 15, the President of Costa Rica traditionally lights a "Liberty Torch" in the old capital city of Cartago and the next day addresses school children in the present capital of San José. This year things did not work out too well. At Cartago, President Rodrigo Carazo Odio, 54, was shouted down when he tried to speak, and later discovered that the air had been let out of the tires of his car. At...

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