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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Menace to Social Darwinism 

Look: if the sonofabitch wants to alleviate poverty in his own goddam country, we're willing to look the other way. But if he's going to start putting his twisted socialist ideas in the heads of America's poor, we say pop him:
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Monday his government plans to sell as much as 66,000 barrels per day of heating fuel from its U.S. Citgo refinery to poor communities in the United States.

The offer, made after populist Chavez held talks with U.S. civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, would represent 10 percent of the 660,000 bpd of refined products processed by Citgo. The deals would cut consumer costs by direct sales . . . .

"We are going to direct as much as 10 percent of the production, that means 66,000 barrels, without intermediaries, to poor communities, hospitals, religious communities, schools," Chavez told reporters at a press conference.
(In case you were wondering: despite our "robust" economy, the poverty rate increased for the fourth year in a row. 37 million Americans, a third of them children, live below the poverty line. 45.8 million have no health insurance.

Meanwhile, according to Gordon Adams of George Washington University, combined military and reconstruction cost for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are running $7 to 8 billion dollars a month. "Military estimates, he says, are based on oil costing $36 per-barrel, not the current $67 [now over $70 -- S.]. Fuel is a major bill in military operations, and the US must import much of the fuel it uses in Iraq."

Say. You don't suppose that Hugo fella could cut us a deal . . . ?)

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