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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:53 AM
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In Haiti- Where's Halliburton, Blackwater, Exxon, Mobile...?
For those who think we should be privatizing everything our government does, think about the response time, the cost. Or military was on it's way immediately. Our military forces do what they are told by a set of rules. But as evidenced by the refusal to respond in an effective way by our last administration to the New Orleans disaster, it's clear that even our government can fail over issues of race and greed.

I just want to point out that for all of the money these huge monstrous corporations have made from death, we aren't hearing a peep out of them during the worst disaster in the history of modern mankind.

I would challenge them to donate their resources the way we are as Americans, to relieve the suffering, and not just to make a buck.

I know this isn't much of an argument for or against privatization. Maybe someone can see where I've missed that point. It just seems like an extremely good opportunity to open the eyes of those who call out for it to see how wrong it is in situations of great need.

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democraticinsurgent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:22 AM
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1. K&R n/t
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:22 AM
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2. there's no profit in charity
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:26 AM
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3. They're waiting to see who is holding the kitty so they can write a contract.
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happy_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:41 PM
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7. exactly
nt
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Rage for Order Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:40 AM
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4. Mobile is in Alabama
Can't speak for the rest of them though

:hi:
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happy_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:49 AM
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5. They are getting ready to move in and 'rebuild' of course
provide 'security' and 'help' them with their oil.

They will take all the money that people donate to Haiti and fix up the UN building and build the CIA some extra airports for transporting drugs.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:37 PM
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6. It sure puts the lie to that old Reagan crack
The one about the most terrifying words in the English language being, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

Try plugging in "Blackwater" or "Halliburton" or any of the alternatives and see how much more terrifying it becomes!

(Not to mention the actual alternative -- which is pretty much crickets.)

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SandWalker1984 Donating Member (533 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:51 PM
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8. What about Disney, since Haitian sweatshops make Disney pj's for kids?
"The small Caribbean island of Haiti is the most glaring example of an inhumane Disney sweatshop. Workers there stitch Aladdin t-shirts for 28 cents an hour (Haiti). Surprisingly, this is by far highest wage of the three sweatshops cited in this report. However, food can actually be as expensive in Haiti as it is in the United States. After taxes, a Haitian sweatshop worker will have 15-20 dollars a month. Everything is put into perspective when it's noted that it costs 20 dollars a month to rent a one-room shack with no running water. Simply put, a single individual would find it difficult to survive on these means, let alone someone with children."

http://ihscslnews.org/view_article.php?id=67




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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:01 PM
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10. There's a message in here somewhere. Money versus human value.
It's about privatization, outsourcing, what our taxes are paying for.

It's either a world of commercial profiteering, or compassion. It is all to rarely both.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:51 PM
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9. Where's CITIbank
they looted Haiti.
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