Tom Hayden is right to urge people to continue to back Obama, but, on the crucial issue of greatly expanding and reforming aid to Africa and other regions, we will have to work very hard to keep him to his promises if he wins. In his recent CBS interview on Face the Nation, he said that as a result of the financial crisis he would consider delaying his promised increase in aid to expand access to primary school in poor countries. This makes no sense. The cost of his aid proposals is microscopic compared to that of the bailout, and delaying the aid increase would provide very little savings. When you look closely at the budget, it is obvious that the US can easily afford to help poor countries while also addressing urgent social needs at home.
Oct 2 2008 - 9:22am