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Trump chose corporations over the health of your babies and those around the world

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Many countries around the world consider America, a bully. Many Americans find that a display of strength. This behavior is okay in business when taking positions on capital and contracts. When it comes to humanity, said action is immoral and evil. The Trump Administration placed the profits of corporations over the health of all the world's babies.

The United States of America, the country who professes morality and the absolute care for humanity balked at the World Health Assembly resolution that points out the fact that mother's milk is healthiest for children with essential suggestions to ensure the health of the world babies.

According to the New York Times,

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly. Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother's milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations. American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding" and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.

When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the cross hairs. The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced.

When a country puts the profits of corporations over the well-being of the world's babies, it illustrates an irredeemable flaw in the current occupants of government. Fearing retaliation from the United States bullying, about a dozen countries backed off from sponsoring the resolution.

The Trump administration's behavior should not be surprising at all. They have been notorious in passing policies and laws that harm their citizens. They placed into law a tax cut scam that transferred the wealth of the middle-class and the poor to the wealthy. They sabotaged the Affordable Care Act which caused many to lose their health care and will now ensure the death of many with pre-existing conditions. They have dismantled environmental regulations that will have a disastrous effect on the environment, people, flora, and fauna.

Ironically, Russia came to the world's rescue by sponsoring the resolution. The Americans did not object then.

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Egberto WilliesEgberto Willies is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Egberto is an ardent Liberal that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is "political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship". He believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many oligarchic societies where a few are able to (more...)
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