Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life: Brazil? I thought you said "brassiere."<br> I'm outa here! .comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Brazil? I thought you said "brassiere."
I'm outa here!

Bush seeks to improve ties in Brazil meeting

The clueless one once again attempted to impose his will on others in the world, not seeming to realize that he doesn't have the hypnotic powers outside our borders that he seems to wield here at home, and once again is met with hesitation, protesters and violence.

Still trying to revive the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas after being shot down in Argentina last week (figuratively, of course, otherwise we wouldn't be having this conversation), dubya met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and again came away empty handed.

He doesn't seem to get that they don't want his form of economy, where the power and money is hoarded by those at the top, while everyday citizens get very little of the prosperity.

The memory of what happened to Argentina back in 2001 - total collapse of the country's economy and massive poverty, starvation and the social breakdown that followed - still burns in their collective conciousness. They're not about to embrace dubya's vision of what an economically united continent should look like.

And so they continue to hedge against a U.S. dominated economic ideal, mainly because it's American corporations who will reap the benefits of any trade deals.

More power to 'em.

The Republican economic model continues to fatten corporate profits in America while we still have millions living in poverty, and the middle class continues to sink towards that poverty level. The top ten percent of America continues to get richer, while the majority of Americans struggles to make ends meet while striving towards that top ten percent, and the bottom thirty percent just struggles to survive.

This is not a plan to better the quality of life for all of our citizens. This is a model for increasing the class distinction in our country, where a small percentage of the middle class (based on their ruthlessness) breaks through to the upper class, while the majority sinks into the lower class.

This cements the hold that the upper class has on the economy and social structure that leads to such initiatives as Proposition 2 in Texas, where homophobic pasty old white guys want to deny basic benefits to the chosen beneficiaries of citizens who chose partners of the same genders as their designated loved ones.

As you can see, there are many issues and rights involved here. It's a much bigger picture than just the free trade agreemant. Because of this we must look at all the issues before we pass judgement on the latest of president Bush's forays into Central America. But by all accounts, he's still clueless, and will still be met with resistance, in which his response is typical.

"I expect there to be dissent," he said. "That's what freedom is all about."

When is this guy going to get a clue?


  • Oh! if only the us would wake up and be just as anti NAFTA, and anti SAFTA. Never have we been led so meekly down the path to industrial and agricultural ruin than the day that our government endorsed this one sided agreement..

    By Blogger Howard, at 8:41 PM  

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