Low Hanging Fruit for Next President Of USA

While I am depressed as all heck about the state of India's poor, the poor of Africa also suffer from much more intense wars and racial strife than the sub-continent. Not that India is free from that either of course...

New York times writer Nicholas Christof has been a voice in the African wilderness for a while now, writing about the AIDS crisis, the poverty and wars that continue to decimate the population there. Of great emotional impact are his stories on the innocent victims of the adult world's stupidity and greed. Fortunately some adults are better than others just as some Presidential candidates are better than others.

The number of children who die worldwide each year before the age of five has dropped below 10 million for the first time in recorded history — compared with 20 million annually in 1960 — Unicef noted in a report last month, “Child Survival.” Now the goal is to cut the death toll to four million by 2015.
Think about that accomplishment: The lives of 10 million children saved each year, 100 million lives per decade.
To put it another way, the late James P. Grant, a little-known American aid worker who headed Unicef from 1980 to 1995 and launched the child survival revolution with vaccinations and diarrhea treatments, probably saved more lives than were destroyed by Hitler, Mao and Stalin combined.


Mr. Bush’s greatest single accomplishment is that his AIDS program in Africa is saving millions of lives.
That makes it all the more stunning that Mr. Bush’s proposed budget for 2009 cuts U.S. funding for child and maternal health programs around the world by nearly 18 percent.


Voters should remember this: A president may or may not be able to improve schools or protect manufacturing jobs in Ohio, but a president probably could help wipe out malaria. Compared with other challenges a president faces, saving a million children’s lives a year is the low-hanging fruit.

US voters should check the canditates' policies on world poverty at OneVote08.

And then vote for the Democrats.

Quotes are from the NYT


Speaking of voting in the USA, I think that the people who say, "Oh my wife's vote will cancel mine out, so there's no point" are pusillanimous pussy-whipped wimps (say THAT 3 times!).

Get involved! You never know, maybe your wife's vote will cancel somebody else's and yours will get through to bring victory to that safety car dude.

Or maybe you wife will be coming back from a piss-up at the local Mission SnakeHandling Church and slip on a bad piece of tumbleweed on the road by the liquor-store outside your trailer-park and the fall will cause her handgun to misfire and she'll shoot herself in the ankle on the day of the election and be under anaesthetic (getting a boob-job while she's at it) when she should be voting...

Hey dude, then you go one up! Two up, if you consider that you have one working extremity more than she does! Three, if you also consider the wonderfully tumefacient texture of expensive silicon bags wrapped in saggy aged flesh. That would make TWO more working extremities...

Hey, that's a beautiful zero-sum result!

Vote, for E@L


Posted by: expat@large on Mar 06, 08 | 5:20 pm | Profile


There's only one point in all this that I'd be tempted to argue.

I'll wait though, until you can judge for yourself in person.

Posted by: Batbitch on Mar 07, 08 | 7:02 am

BB: I flex my fingers and lick my lips in anticipation.

Posted by: expat@large on Mar 07, 08 | 1:03 pm

Yup, that works for me. :-)

Posted by: Batbitch on Mar 07, 08 | 1:07 pm

American voters are too stupid to understand youor point about low hanging fruit. More to the point the conservatives would blame it on the victims anyway and simply say the market will cure their hunger and malaria.

It is one of the things that really galls me about the so called war on terror. Rather than invade and deal with a country that has the resources if it chose to-by making Islam irrelevant to both Africans and Indians through closing the economic gap would be a lot more in the national security interest of the United States.

But then again GWB would not have an excuse to tap your phone that way.

Posted by: Skippy-san on Mar 09, 08 | 6:54 am

I finally one of those "it's the poor's fault" conservatives the other day. It really blew me away. Then I nearly blew him away. "Jesus speaks to me" he said putting his hand over his heart, "and he told me to ignore all that stuff about giving away your possessions to the poor..." A perfectly unassailable ignorance.

And GWB is tapping MY phone? I that was LKY! Damn must have a party-tap line!

Posted by: expat@large on Mar 09, 08 | 5:19 pm


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