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May 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM

U.S. aid for Pakistani army

What about aid for lower-class Americans?

On Thursday, an AP article reported that “the Obama administration, determined to stop militants from using Pakistan as a base for attacks in Afghanistan, is asking Congress for more money to aid the Pakistani army” [“Pakistan army: Taliban holding town hostage,” seattletimes.com, Nation & World, April 30].

Why hasn’t the Obama administration asked Congress for enough money to raise the American lower class to above, or at least to equal, the poverty level? Is the Pakistani army more important than our impoverished citizens, more important than our health-care-lacking citizens? Is the ongoing disparity between rich and poor in the United States going to extrapolate in favor of the Pakistani and other armies, including our own?

That’s not counting the billions that have gone to the Pakistani military in the past, to say nothing of billions to the Colombian army and paramilitaries, to Israel, to the Egyptian police state and all American-supported dictatorships and puppet governments.

Obama didn’t create the American lower class, and it’s still early days in his administration, but what and where is the real change in his acknowledgment, policy and actions to abolish the American lower class?

— Bob Miller, Seattle

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