Michigan's Poor Children Face An Uphill Battle

Written by Brian McAfee

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Michigan's Republican-controlled legislature cutrepparttar clothing allowance from $75 to $25 to assistrepparttar 132544 Republican tax cuts forrepparttar 132545 rich.

Another aspect to this plan was that lawmakers also trimmed back eligibility, limiting it to school-age children, four years and older on public assistance. Previously infants and toddlers were eligible.

It has been noted that this past winter many children have been going to school without coats, boots or hats!

Gov. Granholm is in many ways an improvement over our now former Gov. John Engler, but she has yet to prove herself an advocate forrepparttar 132546 poor -- particularly poor children.

On a wider scale, west Michigan social activist and advocate forrepparttar 132547 poor, Father Jack LaGoe said: "A nation willing to put itself into a debt of $400 billion a year forrepparttar 132548 foreseeable future, asking onlyrepparttar 132549 poor and lower middle class to pay for it, has lost its vision and any hope of peace." All articles are ? Copyleft 2003,repparttar 132550 Michigan Socialist Articles may be reproduced, printed and distributed freely, as long as proper attribution is given. Any questions or comments, write a Letter torepparttar 132551 Editor

Brian is a freelance writer and political activist who currently lives in West Michigan.

What Is American Interventionism Really About?

Written by Brian McAfee

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A few years ago this story took another turn. In a vote East Timor declared its own independence. The Indonesians violently retreated offrepparttar island, burning and looting as they went. The U.S. and Australian military were present to make sure their former ally in crime left an interesting twist to this is that prior torepparttar 132543 U.S. and Australian assistance to kick outrepparttar 132544 Indonesian occupiers, in a short article in an Australian newspaper it was announced that oil and natural gas was found off shore in East Timor territorial waters. [Over 400,000 were killed in these struggles]

From '68 to '73 according to William Shawcross, a war reporter and author of "Sideshow", aboutrepparttar 132545 bombing of Cambodiarepparttar 132546 U.S. routinely and indiscriminately bombed poor villages up and downrepparttar 132547 borders of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The numbers of non combatants killed are unknown because there was no census but it is likely to be very high. Another tragic atrocity that few Americans know about but resulted from direct and violent interference in another third world democracy. In 1970 Chile elected its first socialist president Salvador Allende. A medical doctor, Allende's first act as president was to make it mandatory that all school children should be given milk duringrepparttar 132548 school day as he noticed a certain vitamin deficiency among some ofrepparttar 132549 poor children which impacted their learning. About a third ofrepparttar 132550 country lived in severe poverty and his ambition was to rectify this and pay forrepparttar 132551 usual, infrastructure, health care, schools. Chile's major natural resource is copper and Allende offeredrepparttar 132552 main U.S. owned copper company, Kennecott,repparttar 132553 current [atrepparttar 132554 time] market price forrepparttar 132555 value ofrepparttar 132556 copper mines atrepparttar 132557 time, they said no and involvedrepparttar 132558 U.S. government, chief among them Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. In short,repparttar 132559 U.S. enacted an embargo, boycotts and inrepparttar 132560 end when nothing worked out to their satisfaction a coup was orchestrated out of Washington. Salvador Allende was assassinated on 9/11/73. The U.S. supportedrepparttar 132561 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in which over 3,200 were murdered by Pinochet's henchmen. Many that were murdered were women and about 25,000 more were imprisoned and tortured, all civilian leftists.

These examples of U.S. conduct and foreign policy overrepparttar 132562 past half century are just a partial glimpse ofrepparttar 132563 whole story. Our conduct throughoutrepparttar 132564 third world up to this point has been very anti-democratic. Another aspect to this is a national election that took place in Bolivia about five years ago in which only 5% ofrepparttar 132565 electorate voted,repparttar 132566 reason for this beingrepparttar 132567 people had no influence in their own country. The IMF and World Bank had taken control ofrepparttar 132568 nation's financing cutting funding for education, health care and infrastructure, privatizing everything possible, bringing foreign investors in so they could attempt to profit offrepparttar 132569 backs ofrepparttar 132570 poor. This has been a long war onrepparttar 132571 poor ofrepparttar 132572 world. A change in attitude and conduct is needed. A change in which mutual respect, mutual benefit and compassion are paramount. Almost all ofrepparttar 132573 aforementioned occurrences were preceded at home by declaration that they were being carried out for "Democracy's" or "freedom's" sake, none of which was true. I'm proud to be an American but many of our political leaders should be ashamed of themselves. Whether it were Nixon and Kissinger or are Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld they should dorepparttar 132574 right thing notrepparttar 132575 avaricious thing. The current situation in Liberia may provide an opportunity to do this. With America and Americans frequent proclamations of "We arerepparttar 132576 greatest country inrepparttar 132577 world."repparttar 132578 "Greatest democracy inrepparttar 132579 history ofrepparttar 132580 world." and "We're Number One.". We should strive to achieve compassion as our nation's chief virtue, only then can we truly say we arerepparttar 132581 greatest and number one.

Brian is a free-lance writer and political activist who currently lives in West Michigan.

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