Not In Our Name

Sometimes I roll my eyes at the antics of our corporate and governmental "leaders," sometimes I get mad at them, and sometimes the only thing to do is laugh at their clownishness. But then there are days when I'm just totallly embarrassed that these goobers are in charge, horrified that they are speaking in your and my name. This is one of those days.

I don't know about you, but I draw the line at baby killing. Yes, believe it or not, our so-called national leaders have crossed that line, all in the name of corporate profit. It happened just before Christmas, when George W. Bush's top trade negotiator blocked an agreement by the WTO to provide life-saving drugs to poor countries presently being ravaged by baby-killing diseases, from HIV to Malaria. The agreement would have allowed generic versions of these drugs to be made and shipped into the impoverished nations.

But the Bushites squealed that the deal was "an assault on the intellectual property rights of pharmaceutical companies." Hello. Property rights? Tell that to Zanelle Mngadi, a 29-year old South African mom, whose infant son was born HIV positive. Explain to her that the lives of hundreds of thousands of children like hers are at stake, yet Bush & Company are rushing to protect the property rights of Pfizer, Merck, Schering Plough, and the other super-rich global greedheads that pushed to squealch the deal. Their claim is that the WTO agreement might allow the poor, disease-ridden countries to get more medicines than are "necessary," and that some of these countries might even abuse the deal to get generic versions of drugs like Viagra.

Good God Almighty! Babies are dying and these scurrilous scoundrels are wailing about the far-fetched possibility of pinching the profits on Viagra sales! They can call it what they want, but it's baby-killing -- being done in the good name of us Americans. To say no, not in our name, call Doctors without Borders at 212-679-6800.


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