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Best of LJ-culled politicos for the week:

via mommymonster we have this from Barack Obama, Illinois Senatorial Candidate:

If there's a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for their prescription, who has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer - even if it's not my grandparent. If there's an Arab-American or Mexican-American family being rounded up by John Ashcroft without benefit of an attorney or due process, I know that that threatens my civil liberties. And I don't have to be a woman to be concerned that the Supreme Court is trying to take away a woman's right, because I know that my rights are next. It is that fundamental belief - I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper - that makes this country work.

That's from his speech in Philadelphia, which I cannot find the full text of, however here is the speech from the Demopcratic Convention.

via zorah we have this from Bono, rock star:

Because there's no way we can look at Africa- a continent bursting into flames -and if we're honest conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.
Anywhere else. Certainly not here. In Europe. Or America. Or Australia, or Canada. There's just no chance.
You see, deep down, if we really accepted that Africans were equal to us, we would all do more to put the fire out. We've got watering cans; when what we really need are the fire brigades. That's the first tough truth. The second is that to fight AIDS, and its root cause, the extreme poverty in which it thrives, it's not just development policy. It's a security strategy. The war against terror is bound up in the war against poverty, I didn't say that, Colin Powell said that.
And when a military man from the right starts talking like that maybe we should listen!


Read the full text of this speech to the Labour Party here.

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yruugrrl
Oct. 2nd, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
I ♥ Obama. AND Bono, for that matter.
cheetahmaster
Oct. 2nd, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC)
Oooh, good quotes, there.
mpeg2tom
Oct. 2nd, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Bono is picking up on the fact that the biggest problem in Africa is economic. He now needs to take the next step that bad economies in Africa are the result of bad government there. AIDS is a problem, but it is far less lethal in a country with a good economy. Malaria too.

The track record on development in Africa is that everything that has been tried by the West has failed. Aid money flowing to Africa has often been used by corrupt governments for their own purposes (sometimes to fund wars).

There have been all kinds of different "bribery" techniques tried along with the carrot of monetary aid and loans. African countries were bribed to expand education, so now there are a lot of educated Africans without jobs, because the economies were run so bad by the rulers that no jobs were created. Because of this, the most educated Africans leave ASAP. Compare with recent Indian history, where educated Indians are now deciding to stay home and start high-tech outsourcing companies because the "permit Raj" of business red tape has been broken.

African countries were bribed to invest in infrastructure, so there are a lot of hydroelectric dams in Africa that are barely running and no industries to buy power from them. African countries have been told to hold down their populations, but condoms are globally available at almost no cost, but few will use them in poor African countries because you need kids to support you in your old age because it isn't like they can put money into a 401K plan. Having a large family means more family ties and tribal power, since African governments are often corrupt and do not respect private property rights, if you don't have tribal power, you can lose everything.

Heh, rant over!
professorbooty
Oct. 4th, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC)
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So what you're saying is that the main problem in Africa is economic, but throwing money into their economy hasn't fixed anything because the main problem in Africa is corruption and incompetence in government?
ubet_cha
Oct. 3rd, 2004 01:24 am (UTC)
Bono and O'Neil ( The same guy who busted Bush this spring) did a great job with bringing help to Africa. Bush is a weiner but his administration has given more aid there then any American President ever. Even after his assinie (sp?)conditions.
keryx
Oct. 8th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
Every time you post of your bike, I'm returned to the "MUST HAVE ELECTRA BIKE" thinking. Stop it. ;) I currently have nowhere to store a bike of such beauty.

Recipe for grape cosmo:
1 shot Ciroc vodka (yes, it has to be the special vodka)
1 shot red grape juice, of least noxious sweetness
shake with ice
garnish with frozen red grapes
snidegrrl
Oct. 9th, 2004 04:55 am (UTC)
I am SURE we can find the special vodka!!!!

Also, Electra is so your kind of bike. All in due time! I am currently NOT spending nearly $200 on clubbells... because dear god!! so expensive.
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