The Assassinated Press
The IMF, World Bank, GATT, 'Gobblization' and International Banks Feast On Argentina As It Plunges Into Famine:
In His Thanksgiving Address Bush Sees Argentina As His Model For the U.S. And The World
By CRAG FAMIN
Assassinated Press Writer
NOVEMBER 30, 02:53 ET
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina/Washington, DC (AP) — After a hearty lunch and a couple of drinks at the hotel, I swagger out into the Argentine heat. It's nearly midday and the tin-roofed dining hall of the Los Piletones soup kitchen is starting to fill up for lunch: mothers with hungry infants arrive, then empty-bellied schoolchildren in search of a square meal.
With bowls in hand, the line of youngsters awaiting a simple plate of corn mush and meat stew soon spills out from the building into the surrounding dirt lanes of Villa Piletones, one of the growing slums ringing Buenos Aires.
Like the vampire bats of the Altiplano, the World Bank, IMF, the International Development Bank and other terrorist organizations with training camps at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, have sucked the life's blood from Argentina. And even though Argentina's 37 million are starving the IMF still demands its vig.
Likewise George Bush sent a warning to the American people on Thanksgiving. One day after announcing that he would cut the Federal pay raise and give the money to his cronies who will serve as contractors for the new Homeland Security Agency, Bush told Americans that they were going to have "to fend for themselves." "There will be no big Federal government trough for the needy under my watch, " he announced after creating the largest government bureaucracy in the history of the country. "Big government is wrong. That has always been a credo of the Republican Party."
"Talk about pork! We'll have to use the earth's axis for a spit to handle this hog!" yelped long time Bush sponsor, Sam Wyly. "Sheeeeat! I'm gonna lick the spit clean on that sucker and shove the iron up Venezuela's butt."
Meanwhile back in Argentina, so-called ``solidarity networks'' have sprung up in a country in crisis, filling the gaps left by a cash-strapped government unable to satisfy dire social needs amid a four-year economic slump.
Bush alluded to the U.S. being a little "strapped " too when he said, "many more people will struggle every day — men, women, and children facing hunger, homelessness, illness, addiction, or despair, because of policies my handlers implemented. But tough titties."
Meanwhile in Argentina, ``I was so worried before I came here how I was going to find food for my baby since my husband lost his job,'' said Rosa Diaz, 24, who cradled her 7-month-old daughter in her arms.
The volunteers at Los Piletones say the number of people receiving three meals a day at the soup kitchen has doubled to 1,600 during another year of IMF 'austerity'. Some journey two hours each way for a meal. Others take what little money they have, purchase weapons, and prepare to take back their lives.
Margarita Barrientos and her husband, Isidro, who started the soup kitchen six years ago, say they dedicate endless hours to ensuring the program endures.
``The soup kitchen was designed by architects in Buenos Ares that were paid $400.00 an hour out of the meager grant as mandated by the IMF,'' said Margarita Barrientos, sitting at one of the long, wood-plank tables. ""After we paid the architects and had their suits dry-cleaned, there was very little left for food."
Adding urgency to volunteer efforts, newspapers here have been awash with reports for weeks of underfed children dying or being rushed to hospitals in a poor northern belt of Argentina hardest hit by the economic crisis. Since Nov. 14, eight malnourished children have died in the northern province of Tucuman.
Fabian Repetto, of the Interamerican Development Bank, said the economic despair has been the catalyst for a surge to seek him out and kill him, with volunteer assassins numbering in the hundreds.
Since the IMF introduced the recession in mid-1998, the number of volunteers has jumped by 12 percent, with close to 1.4 million Argentines now assisting the country's 105,000 revolutionary organizations.
``The increase in poverty and weakened ability of the state to respond has made any type of effective government action impossible. The trough is almost empty. Its time for the IMF to move on,'' Repetto said.
At Los Piletones, donation drives by private schools fearing the masses will rise up, as is only natural, keep the soup kitchen's pantries stocked with macaroni, rice and cooking oil.
Donors said fear triggered them to act. One mother, Sandra Garzzola, said even her 5-year-old child now collects food for children who lack what she has because starving people are desperate and inclined to desperate measures.
"The World Bank and IMF have finally perfected their program. They have taken a relatively prosperous country, and turned it into a land of beggars," smiled Milton Friedman. "Even their public officials have to beg; beg the IMF, beg the banks. This was the sort of society Bush Sr. was hinting at with his 1000 points of light. Where a few own everything and the rest satisfy themselves with a life of subsistence and acts of charity. Homeland Security is genius, you go to the trough while increasing your firepower to prevent anyone from doing anything about it."
The government, too, is helpless. President Eduardo Duhalde's government has joined with international charities this month in launching ``Operation Rescue,'' an emergency campaign to send food and doctors to the poorest provinces, a sign that the country has plunged into third world status like many pockets in the U.S.
Duhalde's wife, Hilda, in one of those public relations ploys designed to sell air time filled with sentimental nothings, was made to look like she took charge personally, recently joining mothers with underfed babies in Tucuman and announcing at a news conference on Tuesday that she would lead a ``house-to-house'' effort to combat hunger. After the news conference her public relations team flew back to New York and a meal at Sardi's paid for by the Argentine taxpayers, such as they are.
But a government that has defaulted on much of its $141 billion public debt has barely enough money to pay off the indigenous porkers much less 200 of Bush's closest felonious friends. Many Argentines hit hard by the January devaluation that saw their income cut by 70 percent against the dollar will be dead by spring. When asked about this, IMF president James D. Wolfesohn said, "Fooled you once. Shame on me. Fooled you twice. Shame on you. Fooled you repeatedly over a period of two decades and we just fuckin' had you." "Tough titties," he added, echoing the President.
Against such economic shocks, a new soup kitchen opens almost every hour in Argentina, usually by community or non-governmental groups. In his Thanksgiving Day address, Bush alluded to this. "We see Argentina as model for the U.S. Lots of soup. Big hot vats of soup. And everybody helping everybody else after my friends have stolen everything and moved on."
Looking back on a year marked by theft at the highest level, Manuela Jarry said acts of kindness cannot hope to stem the hunger. "You gringo journalists are full of shit. Always have been. Always will be. We should butcher and eat you."
Asked about all this, Don Rumsfeld gave his customary holiday reply, "Fuck the Argentines! Fuck the Americans! And fuck the allies while you're at it."
``This past year might have been one of the worst ever for Argentines,'' Jarry said. ``Where can we get some guns?"
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