Skip to comments.Bush Has Quietly Tripled Aid to Africa
Posted on 12/31/2006 4:19:33 AM PST by shrinkermdEdited on 12/31/2006 5:46:08 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
President Bush's legacy is sure to be defined by his wielding of U.S. military power in Afghanistan and Iraq, but there is another, much softer and less-noticed effort by his administration in foreign affairs: a dramatic increase in U.S. aid to Africa.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
But attacking African poverty has become a growing priority of some of the religious groups at the core of Bush's political base, and some lawmakers credit them with stoking the president's interest in the subject.
"The evangelical community raised the awareness of HIV and AIDS to the president," said Rep. Donald M. Payne (N.J.), the top-ranking Democrat on the House International Relations subcommittee on Africa. "When the Bush administration came in, HIV and AIDS were not an overwhelming priority. Now we have seen a total metamorphosis."
What the leftists and MSM misses is this not a hunt for "legacy." POTUS does what he thinks is right. Until they discover that they will not understand his true stature and ultimate power in foreign affairs.
While we quietly pay for it.
Sending aid to Ethiopia would be great to help in their fight against Islam. But more dollars to fight aids or whatever is a waste. Is he sending his money or ours?
Every penny of it wasted.
We should stop sending money to turd world countries.
Give it back to the taxpayers.
There is nothing that even remotely resembles quiet around here at bill paying time.
The Dark Continent has again become a Black Hole for the tax slaves of the U.S.
Does anyone REALLY think a group of folks who believe that raping 2 YEAR-OLD babies will cure AIDS will stop the behavior that infected them in the first place?
I don't think he had any choice. Aid had to be increased to counter the mid-East petro dollars pouring into sub Saharan Africa.
That money is just going down the toilet as far as we're concerned. Those countries need extensive social reforms. Throwing money at them isn't doing anything.
Legacies are never cheap.
"Well not hundreds, not thousands but hundreds of thousands will receive life sustaining AIDS medications."
I hope some of the dough is going towards a little education. Maybe then they won't rape young girls because "sex with a virgin cures AIDS".
I hope some of the money goes towards that, too, but I bet you a fair amount of it is lining one of their corrupt government official's pockets.
Disgusting waste of taxpayer dollars. Might just as well set the money on fire or flush it down a toilet.
Do not worry, most of this money will stay in USA. These are the key words:
"When the Bush administration came in, HIV and AIDS were not an overwhelming priority. Now we have seen a total metamorphosis."
Pharma business and expensive consultants.
I'd personally contribute to Ethiopia. They made my day this week.
"Bush doesn't care about black people." - Kanye West.
Someone should write a book about how the popular myths about the Bush Administration displaced the reality.
I don't see how spending billions of dollars on Africa equates to "caring".
Wouldn't it be nice if Bush went to Africa and quietly stayed, God I'm sorry I ever voted for this moron.
I think he is awesome.
I am glad I voted for him.
I'm glad too.
God bless him.
$9 billion here, $9 billion there....
As conservatives, we shouldn't lack compassion for the plight of others. We can carefully and intelligently give foreign aid. Uncaring people give conservatives a bad name. The president has clearly shown that he has a heart. One day the world will come to acknowledge this.
...knowing that the new majority in congress will not recognize or laud the action despite their liberalness.
...knowing that the money will be wasted on an African elite long before a nickle gets to the masses.
...knowing that he will still be rated as 'worse than Saddam' by the majority of Africans.
...knowing that the next UN 'study' on any related subject will denounce the US for not sharing its wealth.
Great investment George but at least it didn't go to mexico.
PS: I KNOW I've read this same article before this posting. (?)
Buying friends is not a good idea until they get here.
And the funny thing is Bush will still get blamed for one thing or another anyway.
If this administration was smart, they would start allying with Ethiopia for PR purposes. I'm not saying that the country should be treated like Great Britain, but we have more in common with them than we do typical third world places.
And we still haven't found what we're looking for.
Money wasted. I wonder in whose pockets most of it goes. Bush spends our money like a Democrat. This and other spending, along with amnesty for foreign criminals and support of CFR, speaks for itself.
The AIDs money is a bribe so that African countries will allow Direct Foreign Investment and so that their economies can be regionalized into the trading blocs the soviets, er internationalists are slavering for.
See the Doha round negotitations for details.
The narrow minded types who want their $30 back haven't got a clue.
Good for President Bush. As an evangelical, I am very pleased.
Sadly his good efforts will not be applauded by the liberal blacks or by the extreme conservatives.
He did the right thing but with no hope of any kind of payback. Now there is someone with character!
I'm with you on this. All foreign aid should be stopped and that money returned to US, the taxpayers.
We should not be forced into paying for other people's and country's lack of self-sustaining capabilities.
You want to feed the Africans, shelter the poor Asians? Then donate to charity and left my money alone!
Why? We can always blame Clinton!
When I see him using his OWN money for this pet project I'd agree.
Spending other people's money on what they think is right is a DEMOCRAT perspective.
As a white conservative I'm tired of paying the world's bills. The infrastructure of this country is in need. Our seniors in this country are in dire need of help. Our military is in need of this money. In this country alone in the last three decades we have given three trillion dollars and what has it got us, nothing. The same goes for Africa. Africa is a bottomless pit that can never be fixed, and if it can, why can't the people there fix it. This conservative remembers back to 35 years ago when I got out of the United States Air Force and applied for government jobs and was told to step aside for less qualified minorities. My coffers and my compassion have run empty for minorities.
It's a lovely cause. For charity. Not tax dollars.
I can't believe how cold-hearted and stingy some Conservatives are. They are the ones who give Republicans a bad name.
'For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.
Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.
Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself call out and not be answered.
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed,
for he shares his bread with the poor.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
I'm one of them.
Bush continues to be a very big disappointment. His legacy may well be the sinking of the good ship GOP. Abandoning conservatives produced the recent midterm election results. Nice work, Bush/Rove/Mehlman.
If you really want to be compassionate, you teach them to fish. You do not keep giving them MY fish. Keep doing that, and you are taking fish out of my children's mouths.
Impoverish me to make yourself feel better and I've got nothing left to lose. You really don't want that...
There is nothing 'conservative' about the global socialism you are preaching, and the global socialism that the president is practicing.
Donate your OWN money, which is what the Lord is asking YOU to do. DO NOT STEAL from others to assauage YOUR conscience, or to LINE YOUR POCKETBOOK with your foreign investments!
"I'd personally contribute to Ethiopia. They made my day this week."
According to the CIA World Factbook, Muslims are between 45-50% and Christians are between 35-40% of Ethiopia's population.
Shame on US? No pal, shame on YOU! You conviently leave out one of those pesky 10 Commandments - THOU SHALL NOT STEAL!
Which is precisely what your holiness is doing with regards to these policies which by the way do NOT work, are unconstitutional and prevent solutions that can and do help the poor from being enacted.
On a related note, how much of your OWN money have you donated to said causes? Not a damn penny I'm willing to bet. Easier to argue for politicans to steal it from others rather than endure some personal sacrifices. Once again, shame on YOU!
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