Walter Williams has an excellent op-ed which compares the devastation wreaked by the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti to the much less devastating earthquakes in California (7.1 Loma Prieta 1989, 7.8 San Fransisco in 1906.)
Why such a difference? Wealth.
Why is Haiti so poor? Corruption and lack of economic freedom.
Read the article for details.
Haiti's Avoidable Death Toll by Walter Williams, Jan 20, 2010 Townhall.com
(HT The Atlashpere.)