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I'm a Vietnam Vet, Retired Mainframe Programmer, Retired College Adjunct Teacher, Published Author, Adult Boy Scout Leader, Republican, Jewish, married with two magnificent grown kids.

Africa should worry us

When we won the war for independence the 13 individual states all pointed to each other when their bills to other countries came due. The Articles of Confederation were powerless, much like the EU constitution. It took the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 to establish us as a serious bill-paying republic.

Africa is in serious trouble. There is public pressure to forgive their debts. Concerts are being held to raise money for the poor. People are starving and the Press is having a field day. Aids is running rampant, or so I've been told.

The problem is not poverty, famine or disease. It will not be solved by an infusion of money, no matter how well intentioned. Simply put, the problem is poor government! The African governments are notoriously corrupt. Billions of dollars in aid have gone into private pockets. Belgium, France and yes Britain, never prepared these countries for independence. Liberia, which was started as an homage to us, is a mess.

What is the solution? I don't know. However I can't help but believe that there is a solution. I also believe that we have the brainpower in this country. The problem needs to be addressed by the President. We are the last remaining superpower. We need to start acting like one. If we do not, Africa may make the middle east look like a picnic.

Just my opinion