Once upon a time in America, we had an announced war on poverty. Now we have not a war on poverty but on the poor not only in America but also around the world.

According to Democracy Now!:

Agricultural Firms Post Record Quarterly Profits

The rise in food prices has been linked to several factors, including bad weather, the higher price of oil and the diversion of crops to produce biofuels for cars. The growing unrest over food security comes as major agricultural companies are posting record profits. This week, the grain-processing giant Archer Daniels Midland announced a 42 percent rise in third-quarter profits. Revenues from the distribution of grains including wheat and corn were up 700 percent. According to the Wall Street Journal, other major firms, including Monsanto, Deere and Mosaic, have all reported similar windfalls.

Let's see, at the beginning of WWII, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the following:

Our present emergency and a common sense of decency make it imperative that no new group of war millionaires shall come into being in this nation as a result of the struggles abroad. The American people will not relish the idea of any American citizen growing rich and fat in an emergency of blood and slaughter and human suffering. — US president Franklin D. Roosevelt (May, 1940).

Well, now we have many new war millionaires and even billionaires concerning both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Somalia and heating up against Iran but also against the poor and even against the whole planet in the form of global warming and climate change.

How long will the people tolerate choices of leaders who make war upon the whole of the Earth?

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.