Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Here's an article from WORLD NET DAILY about Obama's Global Poverty Act that would cost us big.  It's already secretly (until now) gone through a Senate panel.  Here's the article:

Obama bill: $845 billion
more for global poverty

Democrat sponsors act OK'd by Senate panel
that would cost 0.7% of gross national product

Posted: February 14, 2008
3:53 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Barak Obam

Sen. Barack Obama, perhapsgiving 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."

A statement from Obama's office this week noted the support offered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"With billions of people living on just dollars a day around the world, global poverty remains one of the greatest challenges and tragedies the international community faces," Obama said. "It must be a priority of American foreign policy to commit to eliminating extreme poverty and ensuring every child has food, shelter, and clean drinking water. As we strive to rebuild America's standing in the world, this important bill will demonstrate our promise and commitment to those in the developing world.

"Our commitment to the global economy must extend beyond trade agreements that are more about increasing profits than about helping workers and small farmers everywhere," he continued.

The bill institutes the United Nations Millennium Summit goals as the benchmarks for U.S. spending.

"It is time the United States makes it a priority of our foreign policy to meet this goal and help those who are struggling day to day," a statement issued by supporters, including Obama, said.

Specifically, it would "declare" that the official U.S. policy is to eliminate global poverty, that the president is "required" to "develop and implement" a strategy to reach that goal and requires that the U.S. efforts be "specific and measurable."

Kincaid said that after cutting through all of the honorable-sounding goals in the plan, the bottom line is that the legislation would mandate the 0.7 percent of the U.S. GNP as "official development assistance."

"In addition to seeking to eradicate poverty, that (U.N.) declaration commits nations to banning 'small arms and light weapons' and ratifying a series of treaties, including the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Kyoto Protocol (global warming treaty), the Convention of Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention of the Rights of the Child," he said.

Those U.N. protocols would make U.S. law on issues ranging from the 2nd Amendment to energy usage and parental rights all subservient to United Nations whims.

Kincaid also reported Jeffrey Sachs, who runs the "Millennium Project," confirms a U.N. plan to force the U.S. to pay 0.7 percent of GNP would add about $65 billion a year to what the U.S. already donates overseas.

And the only way to raise that funding, Sachs confirms, "is through a global tax, preferably on carbon-emitting fossil fuels," Kincaid writes.

On the forum run by Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, one writer reported estimates of taxes from 35 cents to $1 dollar a gallon on gasoline would be needed.

"This is disgusting, sickening and angers me to the depths of my soul," the forum author wrote. "Obama wants us to support the world. I wonder how they intend to eliminate poverty. Most of the money always winds up in some dictator hands and in the U.N. coffers."

WND calls to Obama's office, as well as the offices of others who supported the plan, were not successful in obtaining a comment.

Another forum participant said, "Yes, and we should also eliminate sickness of any kind and get rid of poverty as well. Then, too, we should make certain that everyone in the world has equal assets, equal money, a college education, etc… After that, or maybe while we are solving all of the world's little problems, we can take care of the polar bears, eliminate the internal combustion engine, and, and, and… Oh dear, if only we would just go ahead and do all the things the dreamers want us to do. Let's stop using oil and burning coal while we're at it. Then we can make it illegal to be overweight and then we can. ..."

One forum contributor said since the legislation doesn't specifically demand "taxes," but instead leaves the mandatory "implementation" up to the president, "maybe the tooth fairy will leave [this new money] under the president's pillow."

Kincaid reported several more budget-minded senators have put a hold on the legislation "in order to prevent it from being rushed to the floor for a full Senate vote."

The legislation requires the president to do whatever is required to fulfill a strategy that would result in "the elimination of extreme global poverty and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide … who live on less than $1 per day."

It further requires the president not only to accomplish that goal but, "not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this act," to submit a report on "the contributions provided by the United States" toward poverty reduction.


And this is just one component of Obama's massive tax increases.  Don't be fooled by his "tax only the rich" rhetoric.  Remember the tax increase Clinton handed us?  It was only supposed to "tax the rich".  Well, as you may remember, we all found out we were rich.  We didn't know it before.  Below is a video clip on this same subject from CNN.  By the way, this bill hasn't just gone away - according to GOVERNMENT TRACK, this bill is now scheduled for debate.


katerh99 said...

OK, I know this may be construed is being pickey but......That was Glen Beck from Fox news. The word "news" and "Fox" are much like oil and water. No mix. CNN, like them
or not, does a much better job trying for objectivity.

wwfbison said...

I don't even know what to say about this.  You know, I hate the fact that people are impoverished and living under horrendous conditions too.  But it makes no sense to run our own country in the ground either.  I like that the person said we can't keep throwing them fish, at some point people have to assume some responsibility for themselves and stop looking to the US to bail them out.  Besides this, charity starts at home...we need to take care of our own people who are barely making it.

lifesabench6 said...

Dirk I read about this a while back and am furious that they are even considering it for a vote.  This country has about all it can handle now as far as finances go- people are hurting all over from gas prices to groceries to jobs and house crises.  Now a lot of the things in our financial situation has come about from foolishness- being like the government and spending what one doesn' t have, putting their trust in plastic cards as if they magically turn into windfall cash- and not paying them off every month, expecting that with a minimum wage job that they can afford a half million dollar home and plasma tv sets with all the bells and whistles.  And the government spending money like it grows on trees, not drilling here while allowing foreign countries to drill off our shores instead so we still pay through the nose for oil.  For those of us who live within their means, and for some of us that means along the poverty line already- we will be paying to help all the foolish caviar spenders on beer budget people in our own country and now the elites think that we will be able to pay for the rest of the world too?  It makes me laugh  because it is so stupid and outrageous. to be continued

lifesabench6 said...

Part 2-  All I can say to B Hussein and all the rest who vote yes-  GOOD LUCK GETTING BLOOD FROM A STONE!  When we have nothing, they will have nothing.  People will always have poor, and the church and charity groups which already are doing more than government or useless organizaations like the UN will ever do, and interesting FACT that B hussein expects us to do our duty to be charitable with OUR money (which the majority of Christians republicans already do!) but in looking at obama's and other do gooders contributions- they are FAR below the Christian 10% in giving!  The guy makes hundreds of thousands a year, yet his giving adds up to less than 4 percent!  It's always easier to give when it's someone elses money you're giving.  It's always great to think of good intentions- when you expect others to follow through with them.  Ah well, I'm not looking for riches in this life anyway- people like barack can have it- it won't do any good for them after this life anyway.  God Bless you Dirk! Carolyn

randlprysock said...

My immediate reaction to this in such troubled times for Americans is that there are so many of us who are just barely making it... how could we think of taking care of the world if we cannot even take care of our own?  Great entry Dirk!

tschuckman said...

I just can't stand this arrogant monkey!   Sen. McCain wins, IMHO, by default, because Obam-ination stands for EVERYTHING I hate!   I am pro-gun- 2nd Amendment, pro-Bible, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution, and "straight" as an arrow...lol.  
    I firmly believe that God is in charge and He certainly knows what is destined and prophesied to come.  If this country and world are at that foretold  big time sinful, perverted stage just as Sodom and Gomorrah, as Jesus said in Matt., then Obama will be elected, and I believe that that dirt bag will just expedite us towards the 'Great Tribulation' more quickly.   And that is the sum total of things the way my friends and I, fundamental Christians, see things.
   Draw close to God NOW, before the storm comes in the night.

Tom Schuckman
On Wisconsin !

emabecmar said...

Dirk give my nelishia a hug for me and let her know i will write via snail mail while i am off line over the next couple weeks. (((((((((hugs))))))))))))

sandeeleggs said...

I admire your spunk.........however you are very young and naive.........
So hey when youve had a couple kids,,,,,,,,,,,,,etc.........gone through life like a normal.................then get back to me...................
You have a big mouth but dont know how to use it properly.

sandeeleggs said...

I admire your spunk.........however you are very young and naive.........
So hey when youve had a couple kids,,,,,,,,,,,,,etc.........gone through life like a normal.................then get back to me...................
You have a big mouth but dont know how to use it properly.