Friday, September 09, 2005

ROBERT SCHEER: ‘On-your-own’ politics has tattered safety net

‘On-your-own’ politics has tattered safety net

By ROBERT SCHEER, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Published: Thursday, Sep. 8, 2005

What the world has witnessed this past week is an image of poverty and social disarray that tears away the affluent mask of the United States.

Instead of the much-celebrated American can-do machine that promises to bring freedom and prosperity to less fortunate people abroad, we have seen a callous official incompetence that puts even Third World rulers to shame.

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