Initial jobless claims were up more than expected last week. Continuing claims dropped by more than 200,000 because people on extended benefits aren’t counted, they also don’t count people whose extended benefits have run out and move to hardcore poverty. Welfare isn’t available for most of these people thanks to the Welfare to Work Program of Bill Clinton.
At least we don’t live in the Libertarian Paradise of Haiti, a country whose government regulation of corporations is ranked right at the bottom of the list worldwide. Haiti became one of the first countries to be totally globalized thanks to Bill Clinton who got their agreement to this formula for poverty literally at the point of a gun in 1995. He also embargoed their police and emergency services to make them more dependent on the international community which is multiplying the current suffering.
Those sprawling hillside slums you’ve been seeing on TV did not exist before Clinton destroyed the livelihood of Haiti’s rice farmers. Not that there wasn’t a lot of poor people already, Bill Clinton was not the first President to screw with their economy. Haiti was once the world’s biggest sugarcane producer but Reagan needed to create a market for US corn sweetener so they had to go.
Reagan wasn’t the first either, Haiti became the second Republic in the Americas after a slave revolt in 1802 and this never sat well with the slave holding US business interests. Even after the Civil War they didn’t want uppity descendents of slaves getting ahead in the world.
If you think this is tragic but doesn’t really affect us, you need to consider that Clinton’s NAFTA drove more than ten million homeless Mexican farmers north. The farm refugees that didn’t cross the border live in the slums around corporate farming operations in Mexico where the Swine Flu made its jump to humans. We dodged that bullet if you weren’t one of the thousands who died needlessly from Swine Flu.
We have encampments of working poor here in the US. If the conservatives have their way and end all government social programs we will have Haiti style slums here. The UN has put Bill Clinton in charge of bringing sweat shops to Haiti to use all the cheap labor he created. We’re still losing 250,000 jobs a month in the US. It will be our turn for shanty towns and sweat shops soon enough. www.prairie2.com