The Obama administration could help Egypt’s poor and help bring peace in Egypt, … they could, …. but they don’t.
Why is that?
40% of Egypt’s population live on less than $1/day! The Egyptian army stands between a dictator who won’t leave and the people, willing to die for their change.
Though archaeological records show that wheat was first planted as a crop in the regions known as Egypt’s fertile crescent and the Nile delta, as it’s food — it’s still the food staple for the poor in Egypt. Obama could change things. Why his lack of compassion?
Now, less wheat is planted in the U.S. That’s because the demand for corn has increased. One third of our corn crop is set aside for ethanol ….. a costly process which increases the cost of our gasoline.
The price of corn, which has doubled over the past six months, affects most food products in supermarkets. It’s used to feed the cattle, hogs and chickens that fill the meat aisles. It’s the main ingredient in Cap’n Crunch and Doritos. Turned into syrup, it sweetens most soft drinks and many foods. Also, world production of corn has decreased because of the impact of adverse weather.
Originating the use of ethanol, is not something we can blame Obama for; planting less wheat, and more corn has come about over the last decade because of ethanol …..
Yet, if Obama wanted to help the economy in both the U.S. and Egypt, he could remove the ethanol from our gasoline and give subsidies for planting more wheat instead of corn, increasing the amount of food that could be exported which would — 1) lower the cost of food for the world, 2) lower the cost of gasoline, 3) bring Egypt to look more favorably on the U.S.
Lord knows, Egypt, in the midst of this revolution, is angry at the U.S. for bolstering Mubarak’s corrupt government. Any moment the Egyptian people could begin to die. It would be a win/win if they found a reason to look more favorably at the U.S.!
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