Comments on: Clinton: do you really need all those SUVs? Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: allygoodo Mon, 23 Aug 2010 21:34:10 +0000 Or, we could look closely and find a vast amount of humans just as human as us stuck in a life of hell under corrupt “governments” whose decisions they have no control over.

Than we could look to history and find that it was violent colonisation that resulted, through the raping of native freedom and resources, that resulted in the situation now being experienced. Who raped them? The countries who now hold all international sway due only to their monetary power gained through stealing the lives (slavery) and natural resources of the individuals you describe as ‘unappreciative’. Without this period of history our economies and lives would be nothing like we experience them today.

And THEN you could look closely at the current international industrial relations and find that the vast majority of our affluence is STILL based on the suffering of those in struggling nations, due to the goods we consume being so relatively inexpensive because of inhumanely poorly paid labout (of which we see nothing, we just happily take), and the externalising of environmental costs (we’ve ruined ours so we’ve started on overseas environments long ago..).

I think it does us well to look a little closer at our involvement sometimes before we throw away our compassion.

If you’re interested Phillip McMichael has written a great book “Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective” which sets a lot out really clearly, helped me understand anyway.

By: Kekoa Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:51:31 +0000 In a time when the economy and American auto manufacturers and jobs are struggling, why are we nitpicking this topic? I understand the need to reduce emissions but if we’re going to attack that issue, why don’t we outlaw all vehicles made prior to 2007 (Supreme Court ruled greenhouse gases a pollutant)? The whining and hypocrisy of the far left only serves to bolster the far right’s drive to annoy liberals even more. Focus on attacking the real problem, reducing emissions, and don’t unreasonably and ignorantly attack hard working, free-market loving Americans.

By: Mr.C Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:41:13 +0000 Because Ray, if you give a dollar to a homeless man here he gets a beer. If you give a dollar to a homeless man in Chad, he eats for a week.
Your point of aid money enabling increased military spending is a valid concern when we give to the top of the political structure in corrupt countries. But much of aid spending is through NGOs which distribute directly to the common people.

By: RayGunsmess Tue, 17 Aug 2010 18:31:26 +0000 “If we’re going to have a country team, in a country, working together, they don’t all need their own SUVs. We have got to get smart about how we spend our money,” she said.

Ok Hillary, why don’t we get really smart and take care of our own people in the USA first. Then those unappreciative third world countries can spend their own money on health care for their people instead of military equipment.