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Friday, October 15, 2004  

Cash in the RNC or the corporate welfare bill, for Sudan?

The World Health Organization claims that it has only received 1/2 of the $300 million it needs to reduce mortality in Sudan. More than 10,000 people are dying every month, and more than 70,000 have already died. Fathomable? No. Rwanda? What's Rwanda? ("developed" countries conveniently forgetting history...again)

Damn, $150 million is a LOT of money. How do we compare $150 million in terms of recent U.S. expenditures? Ah, that's about the cost of the RNC's convergence on NYC (given, the US government did not pay for it, most of the money was raised from private donors). But it's just used as an example of how much big galas can cost. Something the U.S. government prioritizes that's about $150 million -- corporate welfare that Senate just approved to hand out.

Funny how the same folks whining about welfare queens are just A-OK about getting that tobacco buyout for farmers, or corporate tax breaks left and right.

So, who's with me? Cash in the corporate tax bill and send that over, Western Union super express style, to Sudan? The corporations will still survive without it, people in Sudan won't.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 10/15/2004 10:34:00 PM | |


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