Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Show Me the Money

After the election, more than one pro-life leader mentioned that as a country we had chosen money over life. Maybe, at that time, I thought this was a little extreme. Surely, our country couldn't be so hard-hearted as to put money above the value of life.

But nope, I was wrong:

CNN 02/21: BEIJING, China (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broached the issue of human rights with Chinese leaders on Saturday, but emphasized that the global financial slump and other international crises were more pressing and immediate priorities.

The United States will continue to press China on issues such as Tibet, Taiwan and human rights, she told reporters accompanying her.

"Successive administrations and Chinese governments have been poised back and forth on these issues, and we have to continue to press them. But our pressing on those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis," she told reporters in Seoul, South Korea.

"Although differences exist, China is willing to conduct the dialogues with the U.S. to push forward the human rights situation on the premise of mutual respect and noninterference in each other's internal affairs,"Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Yang was quoted by China's state-run Xinhua news agency as saying.

On the economic front, both leaders emphasized the importance of working in cooperation since their economies are intertwined.

China, the world's top holder of U.S. debt, wants to ensure liquidity and security in its dealings with U.S. treasury bonds.

The whole article is here. But not sure how long the link will stay active. I guess loan sharks are the same no matter how big. What type of influence can we have over people we owe billions of dollars too? It is like the gambler telling the loan shark to play nice.

"For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

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