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Obama’s Senate Bill 2433 – Global Poverty Act

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Ending World Poverty is a noble, but lofty goal. How realistic is this really when we think of all the dictators and communist countries that purposely keep their people oppressed. Senator Obama has sponsored Senate bill 2433 which states the following:

A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.”

Let’s look at this carefully “A bill to require the President…”. What this is saying is that no matter who is elected President in 2008, they will be required to develop and implement a strategy to meet the Millennium Development Goals. In a way it is taking control away from the electorate. We can elect someone who does not want to commit this much additional money to foreign aid, but he or she will have to because they are required. What exactly is the UN Millennium Development Goals? For one it will force the US to commit 0.7 GNP to poverty stricken nations that we have no political or economic interests in. The reality is we can throw an estimated 850 billion at this World Poverty issue and still not truly eradicate poverty. Take Viet Nam, do we actually think the communists will distribute any aid they are given?

The bill states that especially land-locked countries and Africa are to receive aid. Why don’t we just redraw the borders so there aren’t any landlocked countries? Sounds crazy doesn’t it, but that would be one solution.

From the Millennium Development Goal:

We will support the consolidation of democracy in Africa and assist Africans
in their struggle for lasting peace, poverty eradication and sustainable
development, thereby bringing Africa into the mainstream of the world
economy
.” (section IV, 27)

“To take special measures to address the challenges of poverty eradication and
sustainable development in Africa, including debt cancellation, improved
market access, enhanced Official Development Assistance and increased flows
of Foreign Direct Investment, as well as transfers of technology.

We recognize the special needs and problems of the landlocked developing
countries, and urge both bilateral and multilateral donors to increase financial
and technical assistance to this group of countries to meet their special
development needs and to help them overcome the impediments of geography
by improving their transit transport systems
.” ( Section III, 18 )

In addition to stopping poverty we will save the planet:

We resolve therefore to adopt in all our environmental actions a new ethic of
conservation and stewardship and, as first steps, we resolve:

To make every effort to ensure the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol,
preferably by the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development in 2002, and to embark on the required
reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases
.”

The following goal is in direct opposition of the Muslim religion:

To combat all forms of violence against women and to implement the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women.
“11

How has America done so far with meeting the Millineum Goals? (Implementing the Millineum Declaration):

Five countries – Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain and the
United Kingdom — have newly pledged to improve their ODA to reach the UN target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI), at which point they would join Denmark,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The US, while at a much lower level in terms of percentage of GNI, nevertheless remains the world’s largest donor and has increased outlays substantially, including under the terms of its new Millennium Challenge Account
.”

In summary, we still are the world’s largest donor, but it isn’t enough. Will any amount of money be enough?

Update: Comparing Obama’s Change.gov web site to the UN Millennium Goals:

It is interesting that Barack Obama has not once mentioned his Senate bill 2433 while campaigning.  It appears Obama’s presidential agenda is the same as the UN Millennium Development Goals.  Its as if his agenda was taken from the UN’s.   All of his radical agenda can be wrapped up in this one bill:

  • National Civilian Security Force
  • Cap and trade which means high taxes on all traditional forms of energy which will severely affect jobs and every American’s standard of living.
  • Loss of gun rights under the second Amendment
  • Large global subsidies to nations worldwide that the US has no security, military, or economic interest in.  Essentially this is welfare for the world equaling 0.7 of our GNP, an estimated $850 billion.
  • The creation of a U.N. International Criminal Court having the power to try and convict American citizens and soldiers without any protection from the U.S. Constitution.
  • A standing United Nations Army forcing U.S. soldiers to serve under U.N. command.

Senator Obama has sponsored Senate bill 2433 which states the following:

A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.”

Let’s look at this carefully “A bill to require the President…”. What this is saying is that no matter who is elected President in 2008, they will be required to develop and implement a strategy to meet the Millennium Development Goals. In a way it is taking control away from the electorate. We can elect someone who does not want to commit this much additional money to foreign aid, but he or she will have to because they are required. What exactly is the UN Millennium Development Goals? For one it will force the US to commit 0.7 GNP to poverty stricken nations that we have no political or economic interests in. The reality is we can throw an estimated 850 billion at this World Poverty issue and still not truly eradicate poverty. Take Viet Nam, do we actually think the communists will distribute any aid they are given?  The $850 billion comes from the fact that “At the International Conference on Financing for Development, in 2002, donor countries resolved to earmark 0.7 per cent of their gross national income to official development assistance.”  (p. 4, paragraph 15)

There are eight goals of the Millennium Development Goals:

  1. End Poverty and Hunger
  2. Universal Education
  3. Gender Equality
  4. Child Health
  5. Maternal Health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS
  7. Environmental Sustainability
  8. Global Partnership

Now let’s take a closer look at S. bill 2433.

section 4 states that the: Millennium Development Goals include the goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, that live on less than $1 per day, cutting in half the proportion of people suffering from hunger and unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation, reducing child mortality by two-thirds, ensuring basic education for all children, and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria, while sustaining the environment upon which human life depends.”  Essentially this means that the US will support the millineum goals 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6.

section 6 states “The 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States notes: `[A] world where some live in comfort and plenty, while half of the human race lives on less than $2 per day, is neither just nor stable. Including all of the world’s poor in an expanding circle of development and opportunity is a moral imperative and one of the top priorities of U.S. international policy.”

section 9 states: “At the summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) nations in July 2005, leaders from all eight participating countries committed to increase aid to Africa from the current $25,000,000,000 annually to $50,000,000,000 by 2010, and to cancel 100 percent of the debt obligations owed to the World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Monetary Fund by 18 of the world’s poorest nations.”

section 10 states “At the United Nations World Summit in September 2005, the United States joined more than 180 other governments in reiterating their commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.”  This means that the US will provide aid to meet all of the Millineum Development Goals.

From Obama’s change.gov web site:

Fight Global Poverty: Obama and Biden will embrace the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty around the world in half by 2015, and they will double our foreign assistance to achieve that goal. This will help the world’s weakest states build healthy and educated communities, reduce poverty, develop markets, and generate wealth.

Bottom line this bill means that the US will support the UN Millineum Goals 100%.  Let’s take a closer look at what this will mean.  From the UN Millennium Development Goals 2007:

Disarmament and non-proliferation

78. In 2006, the General Assembly launched a new process for an arms trade treaty, the first formal step towards developing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional weapons. In relation to the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects, of 2001, I am encouraged that the Group of Governmental Experts on illicit brokering adopted in June 2006 a consensus report with concrete recommendations on promoting the development of national laws and regulations, enhancing information-sharing and cooperation among national authorities, and international cooperation and assistance for capacity-building.

This means that American’s rights to small arms under the second Amendment may be lost. Article II of the US Constitution says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

From Obama’s change.gov web site Urban Policy:

Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace i nformation, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.

79. The major challenges ahead relate to the need to strengthen multilateral norms for disarmament and arms regulation. The ultimate strategic goal of the United Nations is “general and complete disarmament under effective international control”. This goal, deriving from the mandates on disarmament and arms regulation set out in the Charter of the United Nations, will require additional efforts to promote universal participation in multilateral treaties, their full and effective implementation, the establishment of new norms, and increased engagement with civil society.

From Obama’s change.gov web site:

Set the Goal of a Nuclear-Free World: Show the world that America believes in its existing commitment under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to work to ultimately eliminate all nuclear weapons. America will not disarm unilaterally.

Rule of law

81. The rule of law is a fundamental principle on which the United Nations was established. The United Nations goal continues to be a community of nations operating according to rules that promote human rights, human dignity and the settlement of international disputes through peaceful means.  International criminal justice, a concept based on the premise that the achievement of justice provides a firmer foundation for lasting peace, has become a defining aspect of the work of the Organization.

Climate change and sustainable development

34. The year 2007 witnessed unprecedented momentum in the struggle to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of environmental sustainability. I have made climate change a key priority for the Organization because climate change threatens to create an environmental crisis of global proportions if it remains unchecked. In addition, overcoming climate change will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 alongside the wider sustainable development goals agreed at the World Summit in 2005.

From Obama’s change.gov web site:

The Obama-Biden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will:

  • Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
  • Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
  • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars — cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon — on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.
  • Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
  • Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

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12 Responses to “Obama’s Senate Bill 2433 – Global Poverty Act”

  1. This bill is rediculous. It would force the President to contribute more of our taxes (from the working people’s wages) to governments who hate the U.S., refuse to help their own people, and would not distribute the money to their people who are destitute. Many of those governments would only use that money to further oppress their people, not help them. History has shown that. We already contribute way too much to foreign aid and it hasn’t made a difference yet. No U.S. President (representing the People) should ever be forced by law to shell out for something like this. Just another stupid idea from Obama.

  2. […] Obama’s Senate Bill 2433 – Global Poverty Act […]

  3. God Help Us! said

    How can we keep spending money to help other countries when our own country has a large national debt?

  4. sonia said

    THIS COUNTRY REALLY REALLY NEEDS MANY CHANGES….
    BUT WE SHOULD ‘CLEAN UP OUR OWN BACKYARD’ FIRST
    BY APPEALING TO AND PUNISHING THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DECLINE OF THE US. (here should be MANY put in jail…..or some other punishment )
    IDONT WANT TO SEE A COMMUNIST AMERICA, BUT NOTHING WRONG WITH SOCIALIZING CERTAIN ASPECTS………AREN’T WE ALL TIRED OF WAR ???
    NOT TO MENTION 10 BILLION SPENT EACH MONTH…….
    SOMEONE MUST BE KIDDIN? IS THIS TRUE???

  5. […] Sections of the bill are posted. The following paragraph is taken from the bill. To make every effort to ensure the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, preferably by the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 2002, and to embark on the required reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases.” […]

  6. Donald said

    The noble sounding name of this bill, ‘The Global Poverty Act’ is actually a Global Tax, payable to the United Nations, that will be required of all American taxpayers. If passed in the Senate, the House has already passed it, this bill would require the U.S. to increase our foreign aid by $65 BILLION per year, or $845 BILLION over the next 13 years! That’s on top of the billions of dollars in foreign aid we already pay out!

    In addition to the economic burdens this potential law would place on our precarious economy, the bill, if passed in the Senate, would also endanger our constitutionally protected rights and freedoms by obligating us to meet certain United Nations mandates. [ the UN is a Catholic church inspiration ]

    According to Senator Obama, we should establish these United Nations’ goals as benchmarks for U.S. spending. What are they?

    The creation of a U.N. International Criminal Court having the power to try and convict American citizens and soldiers without any protection from the U.S. Constitution.

    A standing United Nations Army forcing U.S. soldiers to serve under U.N. command.

    A Gun Ban on all small arms and light weapons –which would repeal our Second Amendment right to bear arms.

    The ratification of the ‘ Kyoto ‘ global warming treaty and numerous other anti-American measures.

    Recently, the Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Relations (where Sen. Joe Biden sits) approved this plan by a voice vote without any discussion! Why all the secrecy? If Senators Obama and Biden are so proud of this legislation, then why don’t they bring it out into the light of day and let the American people have a look at it instead of hiding it behind closed doors and sneaking it through Congress for late night votes.

    It may be only a matter of time before this dangerous legislation reaches a floor vote in the full body of the Senate.

    Please write or call, email your representatives, the White House, the media, or anyone you think will listen, and express your opinions regarding this Global Tax giveaway and betrayal of the American people at a time when our nation and our people are already heavily burdened with the threats to our freedoms and economic prosperity.

  7. Carol said

    We were just in Africa and witnessed the results of Bush Administration aid sent to Tanzania. A road not built to specifications, poorly done, only 1/8 of the requirements, and the rest of the money pocketed by the government official and a contractor who got the bid. Their government and culture are not founded on being truthful or trustworthy. What sounded good in the American press, didn’t happen to benefit this African village by building a road infrastructure. Perhaps help that would not make them dependent on just more dollars, would be aid better spent.

  8. Liuti said

    IF the UN is building itself a needlessly posh BILLION DOLLAR PALACE amidst ongoing allegations of misspending, internal corruption and greed, why would any of our government leaders want to jump into bed with them – and make us further beholden to them? This corruption further trickles down to the various local levels as Carol points out in her recent visit to Africa – the contractors and local government are all taking a huge chunk of the money that was meant for improving the infrastructure and the local people’s lives have not improved.

    Look at the money Bill Clinton threw at Russia without any conditions – it pretty much all went to empowering the Russian Mafia and moving the money from one set of bad guys to another. Again, the people never got a chance to see any “improvements” and then you end up with harliners getting back in office to bring the country back to its original glory – God help us, but Bill Clinton screwed us in so many ways – this was just one more.

    First and foremost, everyone needs to contact their congressmen and let them know this is unacceptable. Second, DO NOT REELECT THESE IDIOTS! LET THEM KNOW THIS! What we need to do is strengthen our own country first by going back to what made this country great in the first place. We did NOT look for approval from the rest of the world, we simply had founding fathers who figured out that common sense goes a long way. Another thing people can do is hound their local media to report on EXACTLY what this bill is. I think if Americans knew what this was all about, they would see if it would be possible to have a recall on the President-Elect BEFORE he takes office.

  9. rightwinger said

    Keep in mind Obama’a cousin is the president of Kenya. Giving money to Africa is giving money to his family’s clan.

    http://veerright.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/the-inconvenience-of-truth-barack-obama/

  10. What about poverty in the US? Enough is enough in sending our money to foreign countries. I believe in charity beginning at home! I could use several hundred thousand dollars to retire rather than working 40 hours a week at the age of 70

  11. WE CANNOT FEED OR CLOTHE OUR PEOPLE—HOW CAN WE STOP THIS INSANITY..HELP

  12. Chioma okafor said

    when we say millennium development, there is no mention of any particular group of countries. everyone should find a way to benefit his or her country and make a move towards achieving it.

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