Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Barack Obama and The Global Poverty Act

In search to find an accomplishment that Obama consistently claims in his rhetorical speeches, I have found something interesting. In his Senate website, , I found only one such accomplishment that is rather very disturbing.

In December 11, 2007, Barack Obama (D-Il), Chucky Hagel (R-Ne), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced their legislation (S.2433) called Global Poverty Act to the Senate floor. This intrusive bill calls for the President of the United States to plan a comprehensive policy to cut global poverty in half by 2015.

Obama said, "Eliminating global poverty remains one of the greatest challenges we face, with billions of people around the world forced to live on just dollars a day . . . We can – and must – make it a priority of our 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 legislation will not only commit to reducing global poverty, but will also demonstrate our promise and support to those in the developing world. Our commitment to the global economy has to extend beyond trade agreements that are more about increasing corporate profits than about helping workers and small farmers everywhere.”

That is a very eloquent statement with no substance of hope or real change. As with all his speeches, they are superficial and filled with platitudes. May it be the same with all my reasons, "Who is going to pay for it?"

The cost of this wasteful spending bill is $850 billion. That is 0.8% of the GDP. If Obama becomes President, he will enact this bill and implement his empty promises from his presidential campaign bid. The total amount pledged comes out to $1 trillion.

It is nice to be compassionate to others, but I believe that charity begins at home. We have a lot to fix in our house before we can help others. Our Social Security and the Healthcare system are broken. Social Security pays out in benefits for this fiscal year approximately $625 billion. In comparison, the budget for our Department of Defense is approximately $575 billion. With our national debt reaching to $10 trillion, don't you think Obama's idea is kind of fruity? If Obama were to be able to make his plan come into fruition, this country will go broke. The Global Poverty Act is another wasteful spending program coming from a mind of a Liberal lunatic. If Obama’s wife, Michelle, believes that our country is not to our expectation, why would the junior Senator from Illinois endorse a bill that has nothing to do with America. We have poverty in America the last time I checked. Are we to believe that America doesn’t come first? Obama thinks so.

To entrust Obama with the oval office will create a setback in America similar to Jimmy Carter. With uncertainty around the world, The Global Poverty Act would have dramatic negative impact to the US economy. Obama was smart not to allow this to come out during the debates. Such inexperience to intern as president will have severe consequences. Such mistake will be huge in proportion and the American people would be taking the blunt of it.

Oh, to make matters worst, this bill subordinate U.S. foreign policy to the United Nation initiative called the U.N. Millennium goal. It is through the United Nation that Obama's plan will be implemented. We are talking about the United Nation using US taxpayers’ money.

Can you say "Food for Oil" Scandal?