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Old 01-08-2003, 04:30 PM   #16
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I too am curious about Frist voting against an African AIDS package.

I am awayre that he initially proposed $200 million in his Senate bill, then upped it to $500 million, then reduced the Senate pledge back to $200 million ONLY on the assurance from the Bush administration that the White House would appropriate the remaining $300 million, but I have not heard of Frist voting "against" any of these measures.

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He was against the expansion to 500 million, in subcomittee not an actual vote.

Sorry that was misleading.
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As I understand it, he was the one who increased the proposal to $500 million, but was then pressured to reduce it to $200 million, and agreed only on an assurance from the Administration that the White House would appropriate the remaining $300 million difference. On that information and what you have said, I do not see anything about him voting against a $5 billion package.

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U2Bama - 500M not 5B - my typo. Has the White House appropriated the other 300?
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To my knowledge, the White House has not finalized the allocation, though I think they should. This is part of why President Bush should keep his trip to Africa close on his calendar, as I think many people were expecting him to finalize the appropriation upon the conclusion of his visit.

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To my knowledge, the White House has not finalized the allocation, though I think they should. This is part of why President Bush should keep his trip to Africa close on his calendar, as I think many people were expecting him to finalize the appropriation upon the conclusion of his visit.

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I hope you've told your leaders that! I couldn't agree more!

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Thank you, Sherry Darling. I must confess that I first learned of the "Drop the Debt" and Jubilee campaigns just over 3 years ago when my local U.S. Congressman, Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama), met with Bono to discuss Africa and the crisis that was growing in the continent.

Bachus and former U.S. Congressman John Kasich (R-Ohio) were among Bono's first Capitol Hill "insiders' to give him the time of day but more importantly to get Bono in front of other, more conservative Republican leaders and bring publicity and governmental attention to the issue. From the beginning Bachus has supported FULL forgiveness of African debt as the "right thing to do" and continues to push his colleagues in both parties towards greater solutions from the U.S. Not your typical Republican platform, I know, but that is all the more evidence that Bachus has taken these steps on faith and conviction, and I respect him for that. He has also taken a stand on a disgraceful African tragedy, that of slavery in Sudan, but with less international success (international companies continue to profit from it).

My Mom's late twin sister and her husband were missionaries in Botswana and thus my cousins gre up there. Several of my friends in college spent a month in Africa on various Service Learning trips. Hearing them tell of their experiences my entire life has given me the inescapable knowledge of the crisis in Africa but also of the willingness of the people there to accept our help. If international efforts can truly reach the individuals, then there is hope for the entire continent and more breeding grounds for terrorism can be avoided and we can truly feel good about helping our neighbors at the same time. If we let it go too far, we will find ourselves in a desperate competition with the theocratic tyrants who advance their causes by wreaking havoc on those who don't believe as they do and who prey on the weak.

Thanks for bringing continued attention to the situation.

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On an unrelated note regarding something that has reared it's head in this thread and should probably be moved off to another thread, please remember that in the 1930s, the U.S. was home to a sizable portion of immigrants and 2nd generation from Europe, particularly Italians and Germans, all of whom were vital parts of this country's work force, military, and religious and political structure, AND the U.S. was on a very slippery economic slope with the Great Depression. Jewish populations were not as vocal at that time as fewer of them had emmigrated to the U.S. from Russia, Germany and the rest of Eastern Europe (as they would after WW2).

I do NOT think this excuses the U.S.'s tardiness in doing something about Hitler or Daddy Warbucks Musolini, but an economic depression could have been a dangerous time to declare war on the homeland of some of those economically depressed groups. I think the U.S. should have disregarded that and acted sooner as many more European lives would have been saved and Hitler would have been stopped much sooner.

If we are going to mention the U.S.'s ignorance in 1930s Germany, we must also address the U.S.'s ignorance towards Stalins massacre of his own citizens in 1940s Russia, even if he was doing it for good ol' Soviet communism and the proletariat.

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as far as Bono going overboard with that statement, in one sense the scale is the same, the factor of racism is there, the economic deprivation is similar...but in another sense the situations have different "aggressors"...if it were the Nazis, i wouldn't recommend Bono laying on any train tracks. People who protested jewish discrimination and deportations were arrested themselves...lots of different factors i don't want to expound on, but if you think about it you might start realizing just what it's going to take to prevent this plague from advancing...plenty of germans said "What could we do to help?" as their reason for inaction.

and why aren't people responding? one newspaper article cited "compassion fatigue" We keep hearing of these huge crises one after the other in Africa, and this seems to be just another in the line. Americans have that independent streak that says you have to be able to handle your own problems. We want to protect our economic interests, our own pockets and corporate perogative, and some Christians, who do believe the destitute must be cared for, have the view that AIDs is punishment for lax morals, or they just don't want to get involved in an issue that deals with s-e-x. They're not going to be spokesmen for using condoms. and other such reasons, the least of which it's far away and we don't witness the day to day devastation. Nor do we fathom the way it will wreak havoc on anything Africa has built to this point. for instance, did you know that one third of South Africa's government workers, those who take care of transportation, infrastructure, etc, have AIDS? and when you're talking about millions of orphans, the help is going to have to be on a much grander scale than the usual campaign to sponsor a poor child; we haven't quite got our minds around it yet.
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U2Bama--Wow! Great to hear you're so involved and knowledgable! I'll be happy to add you to the Angels if you like.

Debbie-- yes, it can feel overwhelming. And I also agree that a lot of Americans who just don't understand the reality of living with literally NO infrastructure imagine that if they just work hard enough, they'll be okay. No infrastructure= no school or hospitals or businesses or roads= NO JOBS to be be had!

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What can be done to combat "compassion fatigue"? As America is in such an unsecure place - I feel that combating "compassion fatigue" is going to get harder and harder. People need to grasp their minds around the whole situation now - before our economy worsens and before we end up going to war. As you can tell, I am not feeling very confident in America right now.
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What can be done to combat "compassion fatigue"? As America is in such an unsecure place - I feel that combating "compassion fatigue" is going to get harder and harder. People need to grasp their minds around the whole situation now - before our economy worsens and before we end up going to war. As you can tell, I am not feeling very confident in America right now.
Anne, you hit it on the head. I too am extremely worried about the economic times facing our country are going to be very trying. Many of the states are in dire trouble due to overspending and not spending money responsibly. State after State is heading into dire dire fiscal times.

One example of "compassion fatigue" is that we had a former student from my school die on 9/11. We decided to build a Peace Garden at my school in her memory. Parents, students and teachers donated time and money to clear the land, shovel the soil, build the flower boxes. It was the first 'community" project that I have seen in my 8 years of teaching. The Peace Garden project died with a union grievance from custodians in another building. The dead girls father was working on the garden with us. How utterly awful? Parents and students cannot work to beautify their school due to a grievance.

Enough of my rambling. My fear is that the plight of Africa is not going to make it into the mainstream news. The War (should it happen) and the economic downturns of our country are going to take the front burner. We are also entering into the beginnings of the next presidential elections. It does not look good for publicity on the topic and the nightly news is only on for so long. My hope is that religious organizations will start to do more to help make their congregations aware of the situation. However, even their in our own neck of the woods were are consumed by the scandals.

This is a bad time for making the case for "compassion".

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