posted on May, 4 2008 @ 12:30 AM
First India and China were blamed last month for the spiraling oil prices. The U.S. government said that their booming economies were responsible for
excess consumption leading to the present crises.
Then they were blamed for excess emission of green house gases due to galloping energy requirements leading to global warming.
Now US President George Bush has joined his top diplomat Condoleezza Rice in suggesting that the growing prosperity of India's huge middle class is
contributing to rising food prices around the world!
"The more prosperous the world is, the more opportunity there is," Bush said commenting on the economy during a visit last Friday to World Wide
Technology, Inc. in Maryland Heights, Missouri. "It also, however, increases demand."
"So, for example, just as an interesting thought for you, there are 350 million people in India who are classified as middle class. That's
bigger than America. Their middle class is larger than our entire population."
"And when you start getting wealth, you start demanding better nutrition and better food. And so demand is high, and that causes the price to go
up," said Bush joining his top diplomat Condoleezza Rice in suggesting India's role in the world food crisis.
Last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had said that the improvement in the diets of people in China and India is among the reasons for the
skyrocketing prices of grain worldwide. Oh yes! Is it only the Western world that needs good food, energy and a higher standard of living? How dare
India and China? And the rest of the world can go to pot!
How naïve can the leaders of America get? Blame India and China for all the woes of the world and the U.S. in particular. They’ve now become the
convenient whipping boys. A good pretext to hide the failed policies of the U.S.
Mr Bush, why are you covering up U.S. policy of subsidizing and promoting bio fuels out of crops like corn and soybean? Are you aware that
production of biofuel leads to destruction of forests, climate change and reduction of the land area available to grow crops for food?
Put your house in order first, before pointing fingers and blaming others for your failed policies and lack of vision.