Skip to comments.$3 Mil for Obama’s African Youth Empowerment Initiative
Posted on 07/23/2013 11:01:52 AM PDT by jazusamo
With U.S. unemployment rates at historical highs and the nations debt a mind-boggling $16.8 trillion, the Obama administration has nevertheless made sure that an African youth empowerment initiative in Uganda gets millions from American taxpayers.
The cash is being distributed via the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) even as the nation that should be the agencys priority finds itself suffering through a painfully high 7.6% unemployment rate. This month the DOL announced that it is dedicating $3 million to help Ugandan youth develop marketable skills to secure decent work and to serve as civic leaders in their respective communities. Its difficult to imagine that this is a priority for the American taxpayers funding this venture.
This might lead to the following question; why spend millions on this African Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative thousands of miles away? Because its part of President Obamas Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a special program created by the commander-in-chief and his wife to invest in the next generation of African leaders and to strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa.
YALI is a long-term and wide-ranging effort led by the Obama White House and State Department to strengthen democratic institutions in Africa and spur economic growth. First Lady Michelle Obama is also heavily involved and has promoted the initiative by hosting high-profile forums in Africa. Among the better known events is the First Ladys Young African Women Leaders Forum during a 2011 trip to Africa.
As my husband has said, Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world, Michelle Obama told attendees during the forum at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, South Africa. And when it comes to the defining challenges of our timescreating jobs in our global economy, promoting democracy and development, confronting climate change, extremism, poverty and diseasefor all this, the world is looking to Africa as a vital partner.
The First Lady continued: That is why my husbands administration is not simply focused on extending a helping hand to Africa, but focusing on partnering with Africans who will shape their future by combating corruption, and building strong democratic institutions, by growing new crops, caring for the sick. And more than ever before, we will be looking to all of you, our young people, to lead the way.
This new African partnership will undoubtedly cost American taxpayers a chunk of change, though the White House assures the investment is well worth it. In fact, the Obama administration reveals that young leaders in sub-Saharan Africa are responding to U.S. efforts to empower youth, convene dialogues and foster networks by taking advantage of these opportunities to establish their own platforms to impact their communities. Americans will surely sleep better knowing their multi-million-dollar investment didnt go to waste.
Will this be included in his ‘tour’ of the country touting the economy?
Man, I really wish the people that are here from Africa would stand up and speak to this misuse of money. All of them that I’ve spoken to, can tell you what the issues are that face Africa, and giving tons of money is NOT the answer.
Well, heck. $3 million would pay for an awful lot of “Justice” Department agitators to demand attacking George Zimmerman with more fake charges, wouldn’t it? President You Didn’t Build That must think all the feral government has to do is run the printing presses day and night.
Is there no-one that can stop this nonsense.....??
“So why not loot that which he is destroying before the gigantic collapse begins?”
Exactly. What we are witnessing is the political equivalent to a “flash mob.” The only difference is the victim is apparently paralyzed and unable or unwilling to do anything about it. The looting just goes on and on....
I don't mind some bribing (foreign aid), but there has to be a return for it. All I see that will come from this money is the CIA might get a few possible future leaders into compromising positions. Better to give less money to the CIA to use when opportunities arise.
The HOR holds the purse strings. I blame them.
Nevee forget the money he spends comes from a Republican House of Representatives. Obama is not the root cause of the problem.
.. but because of sequestration by the POS POTUS there is no Blue Angel flyover for Naval Academy graduation