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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Condemns GOP Official's Anti-Gay Remarks

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Condemns GOP Official's Anti-Gay Remarks | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Michigan Republican National Committee member Dave Agema's anti-gay remarks last week are drawing criticism from fellow Republicans, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R).

 

At a GOP holiday party last week,  Agema said that gay people want health care reform because they die earlier in life. The Herald Palladium newspaper reported that Agema said he had seen gay colleagues at American Airlines claim AIDS victims as lovers so they could receive insurance benefits.


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"There shouldn’t be room for that in any political party. We must make sure everyone is treated with respect and civility." ~ Gov. Snyder's spokeswoman, Sara Wurfel

      

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"Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they're dying (when they're) between 30 and 44 years old," Agema said, according to Herald Palladium.   "To me, it's a moral issue. It's a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it's in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong."


Snyder's spokeswoman, Sara Wurfel, said Tuesday that Agema's remarks "are extreme and discriminatory."   ...."There shouldn’t be room for that in any political party. We must make sure everyone is treated with respect and civility."


...After Agema's comments last week were widely reported, he sent an email to supporters, saying the original article "twisted [his] speech far out of context."


"I was simply making a point about my opposition to same sex benefits and for traditional marriage," he wrote. "I stand by my words as I said them despite efforts by others to twist the meaning of those words. I strongly support the GOP Platform, the Michigan Constitution and the RNC Resolutions passed in support of Traditional Marriage and will not back down from those principles."


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Agema has been in the press several times before for the same issue.  It is up to the voters of Michigan to decide regarding facts of this politician and what he is promoting.   ~  D

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When Food Isn't the Answer to Hunger

When Food Isn't the Answer to Hunger | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration’s proposal to change an outdated food aid restriction would allow the United States to feed millions more people at the same cost.

   

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...By strengthening and not undercutting local farmers, cash aid also helps countries to avoid hunger later.

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In many places, people go hungry because there is no food. But in a lot of places, food is available and the market is working — people are just too poor to buy it. In those places, giving individuals or charitable groups cash to buy food can make food aid cheaper, faster and fairer. By strengthening and not undercutting local farmers, cash aid also helps countries to avoid hunger later.


   

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...giving individuals or groups cash to buy food can make food aid cheaper, faster and fairer....the United States, the largest donor, is still tied to sending [food]...

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With the exception of one country, every major supplier of humanitarian food aid enjoys the flexibility to use whatever form of aid works best — they can send food, buy food in the affected region, or just provide cash or vouchers. But the United States, the largest donor, is still tied to sending sacks of grain and legumes from America. Only 15 percent of American humanitarian food aid can be untied — bought outside the United States.


Now the Obama administration proposes giving America more flexibility. In the 2014 budget it just submitted to Congress, it is upping the untied amount from 15 percent to 45 percent.


The proposal also modernizes food aid by ending a second great inefficiency: a process known as monetization. And it is planning to ask American companies to provide not just commodities but also super-nutritious foods for the severely malnourished — in general modernizing food aid.


Read the full article here, including the problem in Haiti - why our food donations are disrupting their ability to recover.


Photo:  By Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), Flickr

 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Smart intervention into the food, market & hunger system seems to be the answer.  The US system of subsidy seems to be part of the problem, especially for Haiti and other very poor countries.  ~  D

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Robin Martin's comment, May 18, 2013 10:57 AM
Thanks for sharing Deb...I'm rescooping this one to "leadership." I guess I need the premium version of Scoop.it so I can create more topics!! ; )