Letter: Electrify Africa

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 4, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    The greatest way to keep people from going to war…. or becoming terrorist…. is for them to have too much to loose by doing so. Our economy is alive today not because of business we do within our own boarders, but business we do with other nations. And more recently, that business growth hasn't been with our old friends in Europe but in the emerging economies.

    If we want true financial security here in this nation, it is to our benefit to see that each and everyone has a seat at the table. It is the most pure form of capitalism. Create new markets where there once was none.

    And in the meantime, you also do the right thing by doing for those who we don't have a national interest in, but we have religious obligation to. To me, the latter supersedes the former.

    But that is just me.

  • Sensible Scientist Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 4, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    I've spoken with students and scientists from various parts of less-developed Africa about this very topic. They complain that well-meaning people keep sending solar panels and small windmills that don't have enough power for more than minimal refrigeration or lights, and don't work all the time. "What we need," one told me, "is loans to build our own power plants and steel mills. Then we can grow like the rest of the world has."

    They need their own version of the Industrial Revolution.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 10:51 a.m.


    you almost had me there with your first post - I agreed with it, you starting sounding like a responsible person rather than a liberal.

    Then with your second post you twisted a common saying. let me help you out, it is "the problem is liberalism is eventually you run out of other people's money."

    And where do you get the idea that the letter writer is a conservative? I think you were just looking to take a pot-shot at conservatives.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    The funny thing about Conservatism is that eventually you run out of someone else's money. Haven't we had enough nation building for a while? I mean, seriously, anyone else remember the promises from repubs that Iraq would pay for itself? Well well, here we are, $1.4 trillion later still waiting for that nation building project to begin to pay for itself. I feel like my President lied to me so he could promote his own agenda. We have spent years and trillions trying to electrify Iraq and Afghanistan and look and where that's gotten us!

    Furthermore, where is this permitted in the Constitution? Where is nation building allowed? Think George Washington, who encouraged Isolationism, would support throwing our money away in nation building?

    I work pretty darn hard for my money. I have bills to pay,mouths to feed, and would like to retire sometime. I detest having my hard earned money taken away by big conservative nanny government to throw away in foreign countries. At least Democrats invest in America. Conservatives? Invest in other nations for big corporation.

    Stop the senseless spending. Our children and grandchildren will thank us.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 5:49 a.m.

    So let me get this straight....

    We don't have money to rebuild our own roads and power plants, provide health care to our own citizens, provide food for our own starving citizens, provide education for our own citizens? yet we do have enough money to build up Africa? That makes no sense to me. Zero sense whatsoever.

    How about those African countries pull themselves up by their own bootstraps instead of relying on Uncle Sam?