WE'RE BROKE, SO LET'S GIVE OUR MONEY TO FOREIGNERS
By Alan Caruba
Given the talk of President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama’s possible selection of U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State in his new administration, the likelihood of “change” is growing more distant by the hour.
The Obama administration is going to look very much like the Clinton administration and, if anyone recalls, we spent the 1990s sorting out its many scandals and failures, despite a healthy economy bequeathed by the Reagan years. Bill Clinton finished his term pardoning, among a raft of miscreants, Linda Evans, a former member of the Weatherman terrorist group led by Obama pal, William Ayers.
A raft of insanely Liberal legislation is waiting to be foisted on Americans. One up for consideration by the lame duck Congress is S. 2433, otherwise known as the “Global Poverty Act of 2007.”
In his book, The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done so Much Ill and so Little Good, William Easterly noted that, in 2002 --
Easterly, an expert on such aid efforts, pointed out:
It is estimated that, at least, a billion of the world’s population lives in poverty. Nobody denies it remains widespread, but poverty is solved by maintaining educational systems that ensure literacy and other useful skills, encouraging entrepreneurship, and mostly by ending the corruption that is the hallmark of virtually every nation on the continent of Africa, the distinguishing feature of Middle Eastern nations, and too many others.
For decades, the nations of the West have transferred billions of dollars to nations with no evidence of any progress.
The Global Poverty Act proposes to work with what is possibly the most corrupt international institution in the world, the United Nations, as well as with other “international organizations, international financial institutions, the governments of developing and developed countries, United States and international nongovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, and other appropriate entities….”
Its expressed purpose is --
Its sponsors include U.S. Senator Barack Obama and a who’s who of Liberal legislators that include Joe Biden, John Kerry, Diane Feinstein, et al.
Let us understand this. We and the rest of the world are not under attack from Islamofascists because of poverty. This is a movement drawn entirely from the Koran, an alleged holy book that serves as a battle plan for the complete subjugation of the world to Islam. We’re not going to end this conflict by giving al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, or the nations in which they flourish a few billion.
As Easterly and many others point out, much, if not most, of the foreign aid the U.S.A. has spread around the world has been a complete and utter waste of our financial resources. The poverty it was supposed to end continues and will continue until the recipient nations operate under the rule of law that is not laid down by the dictators who control and loot nations.
The Global Poverty Act of 2007 will further sap the United States of its financial resources at the same time they should be applied to the nation’s aging infrastructure and resolve the huge burdens of reckless debt that exist from small towns up the states and the federal government.
This is just the beginning of comparable legislation that will wreck America’s economy, leave us bereft of the energy we require, and ruin the future of “Generation O,” along with the rest of us.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
Caruba has a daily blog at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.
Caruba’s most recent book, Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy, has been published by Merril Press. Books previously authored by Caruba include A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam, The United Nations Versus the United States: The UN's Plan to Control Planet Earth, and America: A Nation Without Borders -- A Pocket Guide to Immigration Issues.
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