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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-19-08 09:11 PM
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I was curious why Bush would do something nice, -something he didnt benefit from; so I did a Google search and easily came up with this.

Bush Has Quietly Tripled Aid to Africa
Increase in Funding to Impoverished Continent Is Viewed as Altruistic or Pragmatic

By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 31, 2006; Page A04


Some advocates suspect that the Bush administration's interest in Africa is motivated more by business ambitions than altruism. Grants made by the Millennium Challenge Corp., a foreign aid program developed by Bush with the aim of rewarding poor countries that practice good governance, are also partially predicated on whether countries have open markets that allow widespread foreign investment.

"I know a lot of activist groups who believe that the president's stated commitment to Africa is, at best, a play on words," said Nii Akuetteh, executive director of Africa Action, a Washington-based advocacy organization. "First of all, much of the aid is emergency food or medical aid, rather than true development assistance. Then there are conditions that are attached where the emphasis is more on countries that open up their markets so American companies can go in and privatize things like water and electrical service or have access to certain resources."


Bush and Cheney treat medical government contracts, the same way they treat defense government contracts. They take our tax dollars and pass out government contracts to crony corporations.

Remember the deadly bird flu? That hysteria died down once Donald Rumsfeld walked away with a cool five million from his investments in the corporation which produced the magic elixir, Tamiflu.

Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug

By Geoffrey Lean and Jonathan Owen
Sunday, 12 March 2006

Donald Rumsfeld has made a killing out of bird flu. The US Defence Secretary has made more than $5m (2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human pandemic of the disease. ..

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