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U.S. "Family Values" Party Leader Tries To Blame Food Shortages On Hungry Asian Families

Another sterling example of your tax dollars at work: U.S. President George "Dubya" Bush has gone out of his way to infuriate and insult two billion people in China and India, in your name. It's not the voracious appetite for fuel, including biofuel, or the rapid globalization and corporatization of agriculture that is causing shortages, skyrocketing prices and food riots around the world. It's those pesky hungry people out there. Thank Gawd we all had Mr. Bush to represent our interests on this. [cont.]

Here at home, the Republicans have kept wages down for forty years, while prices continue to rise. Many people cannot afford to live in the towns where they grew up, and some working people cannot even afford to feed their families on Republican wages. But we can lecture India. Gawd bless America!

Cowboys & Indians:
The Hindu, India's National Newspaper - Sunday, 4 MAY 2008

'NEW DELHI: Right across the political spectrum, parties were one in criticising the remarks attributed to U.S. President George W. Bush who suggested that prosperity in India had led to demand for more food and hence the rise in global food prices and shortages.'

'Mr. Javadekar said perhaps Mr. Bush had his eye on his domestic constituents in an election year and a time when the U.S. economy had slowed down. While BJP leader M.A. Naqvi said the remarks were "unwarranted" since the majority of Indians needed more nutrition not less, V.K. Malhotra described them as "laughable."'
"Parties criticise Bush’s remarks"

Meanwhile, Back in the States . . .
KRNV NBC News Reno Nevada Thursday 1 MAY 2008

"From weather to world markets, gas prices are having an impact on everything you pay for. Since last March, pasta, beans and bread are up 12-17%. Milk is up nearly 20% and flour and eggs, up nearly 30%."

"More and more Northern Nevadans are asking for help. Ordinary Americans are heading to food pantries in large numbers and shelves are going bare."

"'There's a lot of us that come here and sometimes it's not enough for everybody,' Jessica Pina said.

Pina is a single mother who works full time. However, her minimum wage job doesn't offer her enough money to make ends meet.

'When I don't have anything,' Pina said. 'I come here on Mondays, they have milk sometimes and other things that help me.'"
"Supplies dwindle at area food banks"

It's the planet, man.
ReliefWeb Thursday 1 MAY 2008

"Approximately 1 billion people—or one sixth of the world’s population—subsist on less than $1 per day. Of this population, 162 million survive on less than $0.50 per day. At the household level, increasing food prices have the greatest effect on poor and food-insecure populations, who spend 50 or 60 percent or more of their income on food, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Overall, increased food prices particularly affect developing countries, and the poorest people within those countries, where populations spend a larger proportional share of income on basic food commodities."
"Global food insecurity and price increase: Situation report #1, FY 2008"

Koyanasqaatsi, anyone?
Toledo Blade Toledo, Ohio Friday 2 May 2008

"Something is seriously out of whack when one of America's major ongoing health problems is obesity while for much of the rest of the world it's malnutrition."
"The farm bill: Unseen costs"

Corn as high as an elephant's eye. Folsom, California Friday 2 MAY 2008

"During the same press briefing, Fratto rejected the notion that so-called ecological fuel played an important part in the current world food crisis. However, one factor being blamed for the price hikes is the use of government subsidies to promote the use of corn for ethanol production. An estimated 30% of America's corn crop now goes to fuel, not food. 'It takes around 400 pounds of corn to make 25 gallons of ethanol.'"
"Is Corn Ethanol Production to Blame for Food Crisis in America?"

Let the hoarding begin! Friday 2 MAY 2008

"Food price inflation, at its highest rate in the United States since 1990, presents an easy investment opportunity that almost can't go wrong

Only the weak whine and buckle during inflationary times. Smart consumers see inflation as opportunity, just as sage investors view a turbulent stock market as a time to sell high and buy back low. To the wise consumer, tomorrow's $15 peanut butter is today's $7 investment opportunity, to be stored on a pantry shelf."
"EDITORIAL: Stock up at today's price to use later"


Originally posted to cosa nostradamus on Sun May 04, 2008 at 06:59 PM PDT.



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Comment Preferences

  •  wow (0+ / 0-)

    he freakin' went to one of the best business schools in the country. And yet, he's going out of his way to show what little he knows about economics.

    "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent" --Gandhi

    by dsharma23 on Sun May 04, 2008 at 07:02:31 PM PDT

  •  Even Obama has not been strong enough (0+ / 0-)

    in identifying the ethanol frenzy as a major contributor to the world food crisis, judging from his rather noncommital comment this morning on Meet The Press. Another thing that worries me about him is how or if he would give Al Gore a central role in his adminstration. During one of the many debates when he was asked if Al Gore would play a role in his presidency. Obama's answer was that Al "would have a seat at the table." Not as strong as I would hope. I am afraid that both Democrats tend to waver on ethanol due to need to pander to farm states, and will need major pushing from the people on this.

    •  It's an election year. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't expect any bold moves by any of the candidates on anything until after November. As you say, once they're in, we have to keep them honest. Forcing them to cut ties to agribusiness would be a start. Getting the farm States back into producing food, for which there is great demand worldwide, would be step two. Scrapping the whole ethanol thing would be step three. Maybe after the NEXT election. Gotta scrap the Repukelickin's first.

  •  Monsanto Owns Hillary (0+ / 0-)

    She is the corporate owned candidate. This is why there is no mention of the blue dress but the "news" has Wright 24-7. The corporations are afraid of Obama. The corporate overlords do not want him to win because he is for you. When I tell sane people, that mention the viral whispers about Obama , people who by their natural ways should be Obamamaniacs, that he is not financed by corporations and not beholden to them so they will lie to destroy him. So in this light do you think that what you are "hearing" about him might not be true. The reply is maybe not. We gotta be turning around people for the general election starting now. So keep pointing them in the right direction even if your primary is already over. Besides you never know where your words will be repeated. This person might know somebody in the next state who is unsure of Obama because he is "going to make the whites slaves" (oh the things that people believe) Hillary has really used the racist fear well. Working class is code for racist whites. A guy said he "would never vote to put that black in the white house". I bit my tongue and buried my shock and cooly asked him "how does that works? I don't understand ? Explain it to me how that works?" He started back pedaling and said something like "you'll probably say I'm a racist and maybe I am but I won't ever put no nigger in the White house so they can turn the table and take revenge for slavery."... End of conversation but now he was not attacked but rather gently invited to revisit his own opinion and examine the basis for it and expose any places where change might be a good thing...or not, but by not confronting I will have another shot at him later to gently steer him to tolerance and understanding. 20 years of MLM training comes in real handy when networking and recruiting  for the worlds best candidate. I've got your back Obama.


      Hillary & McCain can have 'em. Obama has the 60% who never vote, until now, and the twenty percent that's left that aren't redneck assholes. The secret to the landslide win that's coming in November for Obama is that he is energizing the largest "base" out there, the "None Of The Above" voters who have never been given a choice before.

      What we need to do is stay involved after the election, and continue to throw the weight of numbers behind Obama so he can crush the corporatists and keep them crushed. Then and only then can we get our country back, and back on the right track.

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