Skip to comments.Obama bill: $845 billion more for global poverty
Posted on 02/15/2008 3:41:30 AM PST by Man50D
Sen. Barack Obama, perhaps giving America a preview of priorities he would pursue if elected president, is rejoicing over the Senate committee passage of a plan that could end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars in an attempt to reduce poverty in other nations.
The bill, called the Global Poverty Act, is the type of legislation, "We can and must make a priority," said Obama, a co-sponsor.
It would demand that the president develop "and implement" a policy to "cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015 through aid, trade, debt relief" and other programs.
When word about what appears to be a massive new spending program started getting out, the reaction was immediate.
"It's not our job to cut global poverty," said one commenter on a Yahoo news forum. "These people need to learn how to fish themselves. If we keep throwing them fish, the fish will rot."
Many Americans were alerted to the legislation by a report from Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy in Media. He published a critique asserting that while the Global Poverty Act sounds nice, the adoption could "result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States" and would make levels "of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations."
He said the legislation, if approved, dedicates 0.7 percent of the U.S. gross national product to foreign aid, which over 13 years he said would amount to $845 billion "over and above what the U.S. already spends."
The plan passed the House in 2007 "because most members didn't realize what was in it," Kincaid reported. "Congressional sponsors have been careful not to calculate the amount of foreign aid spending that it would require."
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Good God I'm so sick and tired of fools claiming there is no difference.
and it will actually increase poverty just like AFDC welfare did
Your gubment hard at work
$845B to corrupt governments who will use the money to sustain their corrupt elite and to buy weaponry, plot against us, and ensure that the poor and hungry stay that way while blaming the U.S government and citizens for their troubles. Welcome to global New Orleans.
Just as we are sick of fools saying there is no difference. Of the two groups I would say you belong to the most foolish.
Roads. High-speed domestic rail. Technologies to get us away from oil. Keep the money here where it will be better spent.
Improve US productivity and the economy and the rest of the world will benefit.
The world will continue to hate the US no matter how much money we throw at them. I say it’s time to pull troops out of Germany, Korea, etc. and let these countries pay for there own damn defences.
“Get the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.” - Frank Dane
“A man who cannot reason is a fool, a man who will not reason is a bigot, and a man
who dare not reason is a slave.” - William Drummond
“The only difference between a wise man and a fool is that the wise man knows he’s
playing.” - Fritz Peris
“Without fools the rest of us could not succeed.” - Mark Twain
“I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start
with typewriters.” - Frank Lloyd Wright
Perhaps the wrong kind of change for America....
we can’t save em over here they gotta save themselves over there....spread capitalism there’s yer answer folks..
i reserve the balance of my time..
Just the beginning of what is coming. Suck it up America. This is just the tip of the massive taxing and spending coming. You will soon be paying 50% or more of your pay check to the Marxist’s Federal Government. Count on it. Europe has it. They are socialist. We will shortly when we become socialist. Enjoy. That is what you voted for.
Contact info for Bachus, I will call his office today! 205 969-2296 phone, 205 969-3958 fax, 205 280-0704 phone 205 280-3060 fax
This is foreign aid on steroids, because we would pay it and have the UN administer it...after their fine record with the Oil for Food program in Iraq. And any tax, no matter what politicians promise, will grow like topsy. After all, the income tax was never supposed to be more than 3% of the income of only the richest citizens.
His sponsoring of this law would cook Obama’s goose in the general election. I suspect Dodd knew this when he tried to fast track it...at Hillary’s suggestion, I’d wager. I’ll bet she has ads ready to run in Texas and Ohio about Obama’s “bad idea.”
Read my tag line.....it sums it all up.
As for the left-wing politicians (I know, it’s a redundant term), where in the Constitution does it say that we, the American taxpayers, must pay for ending poverty in other countries? Oh, I forgot.....the lefties have been using the Constitution as toilet paper for years.
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