sorabji.com: What have you failed to do?: U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY -- SENATOR ASKS STUDENTS TO PONDER

By trace on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 01:19 pm:

    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray was in Vancouver on Wednesday challenging high school students to answer these questions:

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    What is behind terrorist Osama bin Laden's popularity in some parts of the world, and should the United States adopt his nation-building tactics?

    Speaking at Columbia River High School, Murray, D-Wash., responded to questions from students, most about the war on terrorism or government spending for education.

    Later Wednesday, Murray visited C-Tran headquarters and checked out a new bus.

    Murray met at Columbia River with world history students and student government leaders. Across town, Hudson's Bay High School students participated via teleconference.

    Murray concluded the session by challenging the students to consider alternatives to war.

    "We've got to ask, why is this man (Osama bin Laden) so popular around the world?," said Murray, who faces re-election in 2004. "Why are people so supportive of him in many countries … that are riddled with poverty?

    "He's been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. We haven't done that.

    "How would they look at us today if we had been there helping them with some of that rather than just being the people who are going to bomb in Iraq and go to Afghanistan?"

    Murray said she doesn't know where she comes down on that guns-or-butter question, and building infrastructure in Third World countries would "cost a lot of money, and we have schools here and health care facilities here that are really hurting."

    Be 'better neighbors'?

    "War is expensive too," she said. "Your generation ought to be thinking about whether we should be better neighbors out in other countries so that they have a different vision of us.

    "It is a debate I think we ought to have."

    Murray was in the minority when the Senate voted 77-23 in October to give President Bush authority to use military force in confronting Saddam Hussein. The state's other senator, Democrat Maria Cantwell, voted for the resolution.

    Murray opened Wednesday's event telling the students, "You'll be graduating into a world that is very difficult. … The economy is struggling. War in Iraq is a very real possibility in the short term" and could cost $200 billion even if it were to last only a few weeks.

    The cost of waging war could result in cuts to domestic programs such as Pell grants for college students, she said.

    Responding to a question about federal spending for schools, Murray said the Bush administration is backing off its pledge of support for the No Child Left Behind program.

    "There are crises in every one of our schools in this country," Murray said, and cutting spending on education has long-term deleterious effects.

    Visit to the bus barn

    Later in the day, Murray spent 45 minutes at the C-Tran administrative and operations facility at 2425 N.E. 65th Ave. for a holiday potluck. Randy Frasier's Mountain View High School jazz and concert choirs serenaded her with holiday carols.

    Afterward, Murray examined a new $312,000 Gillig coach, the first of several dozen that will replace 20-year-old GM buses that have racked up an average of 650,000 miles each.

    Murray is on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, which funnels matching money to states and local agencies for buses and other transit programs. Eighty percent of the cost of new buses will come from federal grants, and the remainder from local C-Tran money.
    Thomas Ryll contributed to this story. Gregg Herrington covers state and local issues and may be reached at 360-759-8025, or via e-mail at gregg.herrington columbian.com

By trace on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 01:30 pm:

    Senator Murray needs to research her own government a little closer:
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    We are not just throwing money at problem countries, we are teaching them how to help themselves.

By patrick on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 01:43 pm:

    did you actually read those?

    most are blurbs about our intentions trace. only a few actually cite concrete action taken.

    yes. helping them help themselves. (i.e.putting a mcdonalds menu in their native langauge.)

By trace on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 02:00 pm:

    Intentions, yes. But we are out there doing it.

    Not just gabbing about it.

    But I thought you were an advocate for not meddling in other nations?
    Nation building, infrastructure building, school building, those all are meddling in other countries affairs

By patrick on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 02:14 pm:

    by definition, an intention is not necessarily an action.

    I don't deny the philanthropy we do commit and see through. Don't get me wrong. I think America can be one of the most generous nations on the earth.

    however, im an advocate for NOT importing and imposing our culture. Im all about infrastructure bldg. as long as it isnt sponsored by McDondalds or Starbucks with the guarantee of being placed inside said structure. Nationbuilding is a whole different topic all together.

    Just as Im against domestic corporate sponsorship of schools. A school shouldnt be required to put god damn Coke logo on their jerseys or required to sell Coke just because they donated the football field. Coke should donate the football field to help the local school and receive honorable mentions in the program or something humble like that.

    You can be a philanthropist and not use said philanthropy to dictate other aspects of a culture or nation.

By Antigone on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 05:58 pm:

    Corporations? Humble?

    Dream on, patty. Humility is bread out of corporate executives from the start. You rarely get far in business if you're humble. Same with politics.

By trace on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 06:24 pm:

By patrick on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 06:31 pm:

    i just realized that i said "importing and imposing our culture" when i should have said "exporting"


By trace on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 06:41 pm:

    we are not imposing our culture on anyone, nor are we exporting it.

    What? Do we go out and hold guns to peoples heads and say "Listed to grunge, dammit?"

By patrick on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 06:46 pm:

    you have not travelled out of the US much have you?

By trace on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 06:50 pm:

    so we do force others to desire our culture?
    No, and you?
    Oh, and what, exactly is our culture?
    Is it african, irish, italian, celtic?

By patrick on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 07:02 pm:

    trace, c'mon. try to think a little outside yourself.

    we export consumerism.

    we export our media.

    Euro Disney?

    McDonalds in over 50 countries around the world?

    Starbucks in over 25 countries the world over?

    talk to cat, moonit, wisper and others outside the US about how america exports its culture of consumerism to the rest of the world trace.

    what the fuck do you think all those anti-globalization protesters are harping on?

    to deny this is about as ludicrous as to deny bush is Texan. Its practically a fact.

By trace on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 08:51 pm:

    so your suggestion would be to have the government demand that all corporations shut down international branches/outlets and forbid them from doing business internationally?

By Nate on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 09:28 pm:

    the cool thing about capitalism is that it can't exist where there isn't a market.

    democracy only works for those who play ball.

By patrick on Monday, December 30, 2002 - 11:43 am:

    "so your suggestion would be to have the government demand that all corporations shut down international branches/outlets and forbid them from doing business internationally?"

    this is not my suggestion at all spunk. you completely miss my point.

    the cool thing nate is we are masterminds and making markets. the 'democracy'/capitalism combo meal makes if virtually impossible for many to resist.

By Nate on Monday, December 30, 2002 - 11:58 am:

    do you find that big mac impossible to resist?

    making markets is cool. it takes workers to make things, and it takes workers to buy things. people all over the world end up with more things. and the smart ones with a lot more things.

    and more things is what it is all about.

By semillama on Monday, December 30, 2002 - 12:57 pm:


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