Michigan's Poor Children Face An Uphill Battle

Written by Brian McAfee

MUSKEGON -- Michigan's poor are having an increasingly hard time making ends meet, according to a recently completed study, and numerous social service organizations throughoutrepparttar state.

According torepparttar 132544 2003 Market Basket Survey (which measuresrepparttar 132545 buying power ofrepparttar 132546 poor), cash assistance and food stamps, which make up allrepparttar 132547 poor receive, covers only 5 percent ofrepparttar 132548 income needed to pay for food, clothing and housing. One year ago, Public Assistance provided 60 percent.

"That's a very dramatic drop, one I haven't seen inrepparttar 132549 seven or eight years that we've been doing this," stated Ellen Speckman-Randall, executive director ofrepparttar 132550 Michigan County Social Services Association, which conductedrepparttar 132551 annual survey.

From a Muskegon Chronicle article onrepparttar 132552 subject: "According torepparttar 132553 survey, a family of three would qualify for $9,830 a year in government cash assistance, food stamps and a back-to-school clothing allowance. That same family would spend an average of $18,137 in rent, utilities, transportation, food and clothing."

Cash assistance grants have not increased for ten years under conservative Republican Gov. John Engler. And now, with a new governor, Jennifer Granholm, improvement is unlikely because ofrepparttar 132554 state's projected $1.7 billion deficit.

Child and Family Associates see an urgency inrepparttar 132555 public need particularly for children. One reported suggestion is an added one-cent tax on each can of beer, to generate $20 Million, withrepparttar 132556 money to be used to increaserepparttar 132557 back-to-school clothing allowance from $25 to $100 -- much more than just this is needed to ensurerepparttar 132558 well being of poor children.

What Is American Interventionism Really About?

Written by Brian McAfee

Brian McAfee 2838 Mason Muskegon Heights 49444 MI USA (231) 737-8726 brimac6@hotmail.com

What Is American Interventionism Really About?

By Brian McAfee

The war is, forrepparttar most part, over. Iraq has been liberated,repparttar 132543 country is in a shambles but Halliburton is on hand to rebuild. Most ofrepparttar 132544 troops are back home or on their way. With apparently overwhelming public support, why were those Pesky demonstrators out there? All acrossrepparttar 132545 U.S., in Europe, in India, pretty much everywhere. After all, isn't Saddam Hussein repparttar 132546 most evil man on earth, a blight onrepparttar 132547 planet? Well, yes he is, as are Osama bin Laden,repparttar 132548 Taliban, Manuel Noriega. All bad bad men, with one thing in common- 20 years ago we (the U.S.) armed, trained and financed them.

Manuel Noriega was a well paid CIA man, "our man in Panama" as it were. Heavily involved with cocaine trafficking, he was convicted and imprisoned in '89 after a closed door trial, leaving a cloud overrepparttar 132549 CIA of apparent involvement of drug smuggling and involvement inrepparttar 132550 crack epidemic in our inner cities. Osama bin Laden first surfaced in Afghanistan in 1979 withrepparttar 132551 U.S. armed trained and financed Mujahideen, a violent group of Islamic fundamentalists. They overthrewrepparttar 132552 Soviet supported government in Kabul and replaced it with a number of successive theocracies notorious for their human rights abuses and treatment of women and girls. They evolved intorepparttar 132553 Taliban. The green jacket bin Laden has been seen in since 9/11 is a U.S. military issue fromrepparttar 132554 days of his partnership withrepparttar 132555 U.S. when he was fighting againstrepparttar 132556 other "Great Satan",repparttar 132557 Soviet Union. The current situation brings us torepparttar 132558 50 year mark of excessive intervention that has resulted in massive bloodshed throughoutrepparttar 132559 third world.

In 1953,repparttar 132560 elected president of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, decided to nationalize his country's oil supply, forrepparttar 132561 usual reasons, infrastructure, health care, and education. This, of course, outragedrepparttar 132562 U.S. and Great Britain who of course thoughtrepparttar 132563 oil was theirs. After a short time it was. They instilledrepparttar 132564 Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who lived a life of indulgence forrepparttar 132565 next 25 years. The SAVAK,repparttar 132566 Shah's secret police which had close ties torepparttar 132567 CIA, any perceived threat or demonstrations for democracy were met with imprisonment, torture and sometimes death. Underrepparttar 132568 guidance ofrepparttar 132569 CIA, leftists wererepparttar 132570 primary target for SAVAK and in 1979 whenrepparttar 132571 Islamists swept to power underrepparttar 132572 Ayatolla Khomeini, there was littlerepparttar 132573 Shah or SAVAK could do about it. They fled torepparttar 132574 U.S. In '54 another elected president, Jacobo Arbenz, decided it would be a good idea to nationalize some ofrepparttar 132575 unused land in Guatemala, one ofrepparttar 132576 poorest countries inrepparttar 132577 world,repparttar 132578 land though not being used, was claimed by United Fruit a U.S. owned company that was underrepparttar 132579 control of U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. And, you guessed it,repparttar 132580 elected president had to flee. Guatemala has been run by a military dictatorship. Over a hundred thousand poor and indigenous people have been killed and our bananas are cheap.

Inrepparttar 132581 Congo in 1960repparttar 132582 U.S. had a problem, there was a new political leader onrepparttar 132583 rise, and he was concerned about poverty and justice in his country. They had just come out ofrepparttar 132584 racist and colonial yoke. The CIA got on it. The next year Patrice Lumumba was dead andrepparttar 132585 U.S. had another dictator in Mobutu. Indonesia in '65 was probably an exciting place to be, colorful, politically lively, a strong left and an equally strong right and a charismatic if somewhat bizarre president Sukarno was leading a fledgling democracy. Indonesia, even then, was a major oil producer. Of courserepparttar 132586 U.S. government was concerned andrepparttar 132587 CIA was quite active, a little too active, they planted a story of an eminent communist takeover and gaverepparttar 132588 right wing military a list of "communists" that they wanted dead. The military and Suharto dictatorship exceededrepparttar 132589 list by between half a million to a million in one ofrepparttar 132590 worst massacres ofrepparttar 132591 20th century. (Sukarno having been kicked out ofrepparttar 132592 presidency inrepparttar 132593 U.S. planned and sponsored coup). Ten years laterrepparttar 132594 Indonesia story takes another turn. East Timor,repparttar 132595 newly independent former Portuguese colony is under threat from Indonesia. The U.S. gives a green light for a takeover to Indonesia, giving them U.S. weapons and their blessing in a state visit [Ford and Kissinger] as their plane is leavingrepparttar 132596 tarmacrepparttar 132597 Indonesian military makes its move invadingrepparttar 132598 poor island made up of very poor Aboriginal people. The Indonesian military being very cruel, over time killed about 200 thousand ofrepparttar 132599 island's 800 thousand inhabitants.

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