H.R. 1302, The Global Poverty Act of 2007 (222 comments ↓ | 4 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 1302 would 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 United Nations 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.

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June 27, 2007, 5:00pm (report abuse)

This legislation is critical. Africa is the second most populous continent, but they only accound for 2% of the world's trade.

Every day thousands die, and millions live on less than a dollar a day.


June 27, 2007, 5:54pm (report abuse)

This only makes sense. If we are helping other people have a chance to learn and work so they can get out of poverty, the image of the US will be improved and we will have more allies. Apart from the fact that it's the moral thing to do, it's also the smart thing to do.


June 28, 2007, 4:51pm (report abuse)

USA made this promise with 188 other nations to achieve the MDGs by 2015. Goals for voiceless, good people that if any of these atrocities took place in any developed country, the media and law of the land would be there promptly for them and this global problem would be fixed.

It is imperative America follows thru on our obligation. But without it becoming law we see that even with the best of intentions reasonable benchmarks to date are pathetic. We are within days of the halfway point since 2000 and embarrassingly far behind.

This bipartisan resolution would be a major step in moving this issue to it's rightful place of the many priorities of each year's fiscal budget. a preemptive homeland security move . . . our children will answer to their children whether we kept our word or not. we live in precarious times watching our borders, yet obscenely comfortable times here in the west . . . it's a matter of responsibly relegating our excess to become their substance.

Kathy L.

June 28, 2007, 11:14pm (report abuse)

Bravo! Finally legislation that can really benefit mankind. This bill is crucial to regaining our focus on achieving the MDGs, as well as our great promises from the '05 G8. It is UNACCEPTABLE to break such promises to people, many of which are children, living in extreme poverty. We are falling short as it is. And know this, our representatives in DC will not follow through on this unless we continue to keep our bells clanging about it. It has to be our responsibility. It is too important to fall asleep at the wheel.


June 29, 2007, 1:00pm (report abuse)

Kathy, I agree that this is about worldwide moral leadership, and making and keeping friends throughout the developing world.

Africans seem to like America more than almost anyone in the world. You can't buy love, but you can lose it.


July 2, 2007, 3:43pm (report abuse)

Why not world peace and healthy babies? This has all the appearances of another way for the U.S. to stick its nose in everybody else’s business. This is why we are soo popular world wide. World poverty is not the business of the U.S. government, U.S. poverty is. A small government is an efficient government (well as efficient as governments get). Big governments are are expensive and intrusive.

I just love the way Congress wants to pass a law requiring the president to do something (or develop a strategy). Why doesn't Congress (specifically the authors & sponsors of this bill) just do it?

Debbie K

July 3, 2007, 8:55pm (report abuse)

I would like to voice my support for the Global Poverty Act of 2007.

It provides an integrated approach to the elimination of extreme poverty in our world and firmly sets the USA on a clear path to achieve that end.

I feel that the best way for our country to ensure our future free of terorism is to DO MORE to end extreme poverty in the world.

So please know that this is ONE American who supports this bill and who strongly urges my Congressman (McCaul) to vote for its passage in the House and for my Senators (Hutchison, Cornyn) to vote for it when it reaches the Senate.

The achievement of the Millenium Development Goals (which the U.S. government officially supports) is the best way to secure a safer, more prosperous world for all.

Thank you for allowing me to voice my viewpoints on this important legislation.

Best Wishes and Kind Regards, dk:)


July 12, 2007, 9:12pm (report abuse)

It no longer makes sense to think in terms of "our own country." Like it or not, it is a global world and our actions, decisions and policies affect others. It is time that we looked at our neighbors in other countries as fellow human beings. We do much that is to their detriment and it is time to take responsibility for our actions.


July 27, 2007, 6:15am (report abuse)

Until the governments of the various really poor countries take an interest in their own people's welfare, such legislation can't work. Until people rise up and put a government in place that will help them rise above poverty, such legislation can't work. Africa's poverty is caused more by the governments in place in the countries there than by any other factor. U.S. legislation doesn't make poverty go away in other countries and it's nonsensical, feel-good thinking to believe that it does. Government and economic structures specifically designed to maximize the people's potential to succeed politically and economically reduce poverty. This is another example of a bill which tries to score points with American voters, but has no practical effect. On top of all that, a bill telling the President what to do in regards to foreign policy treads on separation of powers and the President can, in my opinion, ignore it for that reason.

someone smarter than james

September 24, 2007, 11:10pm (report abuse)

James, unfortunately you are blind. Take a trip to an extreme poverty stricken area in Africa for a week and see if you can then open your eyes. Or maybe you feel better about yourself putting down actions by others who are trying to do good for people dying from horrendous and unjust acts. Maybe we can all just tell ourselves we have no responsibility. Maybe we live on this big island called the US and A and anywhere outside our borders might as well not exist. Hey why not, atleast we are lucky to be born here. If you were born in Sudan, what would you do? Revolt by yourself to your corrupt government? Then what?

someone smarter than james needs to be more aware

December 3, 2007, 11:06pm (report abuse)

YOU WANT TO END WORLD POVERTY BECOME AN INFORMED CONSUMER JACKASS. Your shoes that t shirt those pants that computer your using for all you know was made by someone making a dollar a day. If you really care about poverty donate money. The government will do what is best for them whereas you can choose to do what is best for someone else.


December 5, 2007, 1:15pm (report abuse)

I'm tired of footing the bill for the rest of the world. Why do we always have to take care of the rest of the world?


February 13, 2008, 10:39am (report abuse)

I have an idea - how about the introduction of freedom, liberty and capitalism in these countries instead of placing yet another tax on the citizens of the United States. I guess that it just too difficult of a concept for these imbeciles in government to comprehend and especially the liberals.


February 13, 2008, 3:13pm (report abuse)

This country is going bankrupt.

The Democrats (like liberal GWB) will expand the welfare state even further with Socialized Medicine.

And here they are, calling on us to feed the world with yet another corrupt bureaucracy that will suck up all the funds for itself rather than getting it to the people who really need it.

Read this, do-gooders:

"For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!"

The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. The avid proponent of globalization spoke with SPIEGEL about the disastrous effects of Western development policy in Africa, corrupt rulers, and the tendency to overstate the AIDS problem.


If people want to really help, donate to Heifer.org or Kiva.org.

US politicians really needs to stop infantilizing Americans, and the world. They are creating monsters of never-ending needs.


February 13, 2008, 5:01pm (report abuse)

Ah yes , a refresher on the "white man's burden"

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day , teach a man to fish and provide him for a lifetime"

We need to teach Africa to provide for their people. Providing hand outs only keeps their people subservient to europeans.


February 13, 2008, 11:25pm (report abuse)

Every dollar spent by our govt. to combat poverty in other countries is part of a broader agenda. To bankrupt america.


February 14, 2008, 12:03am (report abuse)

I'm not sure how turning over 0.7% of the US GNP to the Corrupt UN will help world poverty. Our dollers will just go into the pockets of the corrupt and well-connected. This bill is just so sadly naive.

Barack Obama

February 14, 2008, 12:10am (report abuse)

Obama wrote the bill, he intends to lead us on the path of Stalin, only on a global level.


February 14, 2008, 7:46am (report abuse)

If this bill isn't a bunch of camel dung, I don't know what is. It is bad enough to turn our resources over to corrupt 3rd world leaders, but to turn it over to the UN to be administered is even worse!The UN is nothing more than a global bureaucracy that will take this .7% or 78 billion dollars and the money will never be used for it's intended purpose. Instead of extracting the money from the American people, let the people donate to private charities who would do significantly more good than the UN could ever achieve.

This is nonsense!


February 14, 2008, 9:20am (report abuse)

Are you proponants HIGH?!

We are not the the nurturer of Africa or the World. Take care of legal US Citizens. It is not for the VILLAGE to raise the child.

Teach your children right from wrong, to ask questions, to think and take action.

The US Government must bevcome much smaller in our lives. Protect the borders and the national interest period.

Mother nature doesn't give a damn about human kind.

If you don't have something, should the government be expected to give it to you??? NO

Get off your ass and work for it like our grandparents did.


February 14, 2008, 9:23am (report abuse)

We are looking at global socialism people. Why don't we all just throw our money in a giant pot and divide it equally between us all! I'm all for helping out those in need but I don't want the government telling me I have to. But you know, the welfare system works SOOO good here let's try it on a global level....PLEASE.


February 14, 2008, 9:49am (report abuse)

If we are taxed here in the US, the money should be spent here on our problems. I don't want my money going toward some other country that doesn't care enough to take care of its own people.

Imagine 78 billion being spent here on education or research for more efficient energy sources.

Charles H.

February 14, 2008, 10:07am (report abuse)

Sound like world government to me. America First stop trying to police the world and saving every single country the world. America is bankrupt wake up people so no to world government.


February 14, 2008, 10:42am (report abuse)

My God, our "representatives" have no moral code. It is not charity, nor is it honorable to give that which has been taken by force from others. The federal government is not authorized to give money to foreign counties. If you want to help impoverished people, help the needy by giving through a private charity. Our representatives are easily corrupted in their quest for power. By approving this, you are encouraging criminal behavior by those who are entrusted with obeying the supreme law, the constitution. 7/10ths of 1% of GDP is an enormous amount, and it DOES NOT BELONG TO THE GOVERNMENT. Do not endorse stealing, it is WRONG by any measure.


February 14, 2008, 10:59am (report abuse)

Borack Obama, by introducing the senate version of this bill, confirms by his act, his contempt for the constitution to which he affirmed an oath, and contempt for the people from whom he intends to compel to work and slave for the benefit of corrupt 3rd world despots and dictators. This bill constitutes the act of evil in the cloak of virtue and altuism. He is not fit to lead, nor are any legislators sponsoring this garbage.

Big Country

February 14, 2008, 11:09am (report abuse)

If the government wants the US to help poverty in other nations, reduce our taxes to allow us to donate to charities that effectively work in third world nations to teach them to feed themselves, such as World Vision. We are not heartless in being against this bill, we just believe that when citizens have more of their own money, they are likely to do more good things with it.


February 14, 2008, 12:26pm (report abuse)

We couldn't reduce poverty here in the US, with TRILLIONS of dollars poured into the welfare state since 1964. What the hell makes you think that we can reduce poverty on a global scale? Sorry, folks. We don't have the money to spend on this elitist UN-sponsored bullsh*t. The US dollar is already in the toilet, and now you support further reductions in the buying power of each household. You people are either: 1) Completely cluess or 2) In-the-know, evil bastards. I suspect most of you just don't know what you're supporting. Funding the UN with a direct tax, I can't think of anything more repulsive. By the time you clueless morons figure out you've been duped, it'll be too late.


February 14, 2008, 2:30pm (report abuse)

Everyone FOR this here is an IDIOT. My Opinion. Someday you all are going to wake up and realize there IS NO LONGER a UNITED STATES of AMERICA. This is NOT the Governments JOB to make this a LAW. If you are FOR this law then get out YOUR check book and write a check for $2,800 for yourself, $2,800 for your partner, and $2,800 for EACH of your children and make it out to the United Nations. 7/10 of GDP divided by 300 million US Citizens is $2,800 EACH! And don't say, 'Well the RICH should give more'. PITCH IN AND WRITE **YOUR** CHECK! Because not even the "RICH" can afford to fund this!


February 14, 2008, 2:37pm (report abuse)

Our own War on Poverty, that has gone on for 40 years, has not worked. This bill is naive and just plain stupid.


February 14, 2008, 3:06pm (report abuse)



February 14, 2008, 3:12pm (report abuse)

The 4 TRILLION the USA has spend in "the war on poverty" woorked so well lets turn over 0.7% of our GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT to the UN to repeat the great success...

WOW, that's not $70 billion but more like $87 billion ANNUALLY! The war on poverty, after fourty years $4 tillion, still maintains the same percentage of poor... Why? That is the percentage of people that make bad life decitions, drugs, alcohol, lazy, etc... or maybe just insane...

So let's try the same thing with the UN handling the money... nobody else remember the oil for food scandle?

What a steaming pile this is and just think, it's sponcered by a potental Presedent...


12,416,505,085,952 U.S. dollars

2005 World Bank; Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

eViL Conservative

February 14, 2008, 3:24pm (report abuse)

" Sweet!!! Obama isn't even in office yet and he has already signed us up for massive spending and higher taxes! SuperCool! Boy, I am ecstatic to open the doors of my business and work everyday of the week so that now I can sponsor a whole bunch of Africans or Russians, etc., instead of a few American DEADBEAT government tit-suckers! Daddy may I have another?!?

Mike in SD

February 14, 2008, 3:31pm (report abuse)

Aid to other people (regardless of where they live) should be a matter of charity given by individuals.

Stop taxing me. Stop spending money we don't have.


February 14, 2008, 3:58pm (report abuse)

I am not paying a global tax for this scheme. I hope that others like me rise up and resist all efforts of a global tax for this or any UN scheme. The UN also has no say in how much taxes I pay.

The best way to reduce poverty in those countries is to implement governments that allow the people to be free. In short, like our system complete with a free media and laws that are enforced, etc.

For those of you who believe in paying to support others, go and and do it on your own dime.

Karl from Carolina

February 14, 2008, 4:05pm (report abuse)

What's really scary is what else is in this crazy bill. The declaration commits nations to ban small arms and weapons, ratifying a series of treaties including the International Criminal Court treaty, the Kyoto protocol, the Convention on Biological Diversity...and more...much more...

Joan Canning

February 14, 2008, 4:56pm (report abuse)

We cannot afford the burden of all of our many failed socialist entitlement programs now. The worst part about this bill besides the additional fleecing of Americans, is that the U.N. is handling the money. Oil for Food Scandal anyone? We are doomed if these liberals continue to run Congress. God forbid, they get the likes of Obama to sign off on all their destructive "programs". BOOT them out of Washington people. It's your future at stake.


February 14, 2008, 5:35pm (report abuse)

This bill is more idiocy. Just more "feel good" socialist legislation. I can't believe that anyone actually thinks that this is going to make a difference. All it will do is supply money to buy more weapons for the corrupt leaders of African nations. Then they can kill off the people it's intended to help!

Bob Wilson

February 14, 2008, 5:40pm (report abuse)

Let OBamma and Clinton donate

their money to World Hunger instead of spending it on becoming president and controller of my money!!!!!!!!!!!!!See www.december212012.com and you could learn that by the end of the next presidential term we will see the world changed .....yes Obamma said changed...............changed to what ?????????????????????


February 14, 2008, 6:09pm (report abuse)

A question for the people who support this bill. The United States government has spent 4 trillion $$ over the last 43 years on the great society, trying to eliminate poverty the most prosperous countries on earth. According to the latest report card, we have as many poor people now as we did in 43 years ago. Now you want to give the same people the job of ending poverty around the world? Even in our own country, they haven't figured out the cause of poverty. After two generations, they haven't made any progress towards figuring it out; and are having no success. If they can't succeed on the scale of a single country. They can't possibly succeed taking on a hundred times the same workload. Normally before you're given more responsibility you have to succeed at the small responsibilities.

Scott in Boise, Idaho

February 14, 2008, 6:17pm (report abuse)

Here we are again trying to solve someone else’s poverty problem by ADDING to the billions and billions we ALREADY give to countries around the world. Then to add insult to injury, we expect the UN to dictate to the U.S. government on HOW these funds will be disbursed. Can you say, “Oil for Food”? If Obama wants “change” so bad, why doesn’t he introduce a bill that would change the sadly predictable process of throwing good money after bad when it comes to sending poverty aid to Africa? In 2003 alone, the US spent more than $3.8B of YOUR tax dollars to directly fund UN foreign aid programs and agencies. It is estimated that well over 2/3 of this money went directly to corrupt dictators and UN officials. Besides, when the US economy completely collapses under the financial burdens we already pay, who will be left to help save these people? The Iranians? The Saudis? The Chinese? I seriously doubt it.

Gator Tim

February 14, 2008, 6:18pm (report abuse)

A Cypress Hill song "INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE" comes to mind when I think about this friggin bill. There will be an absolute uprising for this crap.


February 14, 2008, 7:13pm (report abuse)

Why do I get the feeling the first few responses are contrived? All of them speak glowingly of global socialism.

If Obama wants to save the poor, he can start a charity. The Constitution does not give him the authority to take my money and give it to someone else. It's called theft.


February 14, 2008, 7:19pm (report abuse)

Its time for us to take care of the people in this contry.Dont waist more of my tax dollars.


February 14, 2008, 7:40pm (report abuse)

isn't this type of thing better served by churches, private investors/charities, and philantrophy? Our country is going broke!


February 14, 2008, 8:24pm (report abuse)

I'm happy to see most the later posts are against it. Its not a liberal vs conservative, etc. All the elite U.S. politicians have basically the same philosophy of promoting global government. They all come from the Council on Foreign relations (CFR) and have no regard for democracy, the U.S constition and the bill of rights. They want to use global warming as an excuse for a global tax. Educate yourself on the CFR, Trilateral commission and you may understand where this agenda is coming from.


February 14, 2008, 8:33pm (report abuse)

Barack Obama is not in office yet even though most of the media has him ready to take the oath, and the "fun" is already starting. I think he's going to make GW and the peanut picker look like pikers!


February 14, 2008, 9:02pm (report abuse)

It is not the job of the government to take the rewards of labor from its citizens and give it to other nations. The job of the government is to protect our rights and our property. An Obama presidency would be a nightmare of socialistic governing.

Jim Rice MO

February 14, 2008, 9:06pm (report abuse)

This bill commits the United States to additional monies to the U.N. The same corrupt organization that brought you oil for food and back door dealings with Iraq, France, Germany, and Russia. The U.N. is a corrupt organization and the U.S. needs to evaluate our relationship within that organization. This bill also contains other commitments that would increase the cost of doing business in the states giving other countries an unfair advantage an causing more jobs to move outside the U.S. borders. Vote very carefully,if you want to aid impovershed people, then donate to a known charity. DO NOT TRUST THE U.N.

Keith R. Carroll

February 14, 2008, 9:09pm (report abuse)

I find it ironic that we are going to trust the united nations with this task after all the proof of mis-handling of moneys such as projects like the "oil for food". Also one of the results of the war in Irac is the relief of poverty. Their life style has greatly improved in many areas.

Much of the poverty in the world is the result of ruthless leaders in their prospective countries. The only way to relieve the situation in many cases is to actually take control of these countries. The only way to do this is to remove the leaders, but that would require force. What is the difference in doing this than what we are doing in the Mid East?


February 14, 2008, 9:31pm (report abuse)

ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE FOR THIS FAKE BILL.1 cost 865 billion, as always the crooks will steal 90 to 95%.2 as always the dumb pol's of D.C.answer throw money at it and watch somebody steal it.


February 14, 2008, 9:35pm (report abuse)

How do these idiots get elected? This is the most ludicrous thing I've heard in a while--vote 'em out.

Dave S.

February 14, 2008, 9:56pm (report abuse)

Why don't all you bleeding heart liberals just kick in the money yourselves and leave me and my family out of it. If you feel the need to support people who don't move out of a desert when they stave then you feed them your dinner and I will use my monies to feed the American children here! Spend your own money if you have to and leave me alone!!!!!!!


February 14, 2008, 10:28pm (report abuse)

Another global Marxist wealth redistribution plan...great. America is not in the position to do this. We can't afford it at this point in time. We are stretched too thin as it is. I think we need to take a while getting things in line in this country before we decide to take care of everyone else. If you are for this bill then you are blind to the fact that our dollar is weak and our economy is crashing because of this very type of thing. In the end we will owe China every bit of the 800 billion this monster will cost. If you are so worried about global poverty then donate to UNICEF. Leave me out of it. I will donate to the charities i think are worthy of my dollar.


February 14, 2008, 10:32pm (report abuse)

Why do all the liberals think it's ok to take from peter to pay paul. If they want these things to go away they need spread awareness and try to get donations and handle it themselves. This is not the role of a constitutional governemt. This would be the role of a Communist government. By the way...the modern day Communist party is now the Progressive party !

Doris A

February 14, 2008, 11:11pm (report abuse)

Once again we are going to have to e-mail, write, call do whatever we can to stop this insanity in washington. I want to see and hear the Presidential candidates answer as to how this stupid bill got into the House and senate in the first place, where are all those great investigative reporters? Wake up America, we are being raped!


February 14, 2008, 11:37pm (report abuse)



February 15, 2008, 12:03am (report abuse)

In terms of the ban on small arms part of the UN's Millenium Development Goal, this would be an infringement on the second amendment by a global organization. The UN regulation would in fact trump our own constitution which is only the first step toward losing our national sovereignty. We already "give" too much power to our government - now our government is going to give it to a super-national authority?


February 15, 2008, 12:26am (report abuse)

Obama is a communist if he takes from someone whom has earned and just gives it away to someone whom hasn't.

But, if he just understands the World Bank and the IMF, etc., whats the point, dude?

Has he ever been selected to represent anything for our country, outside our country as envoy or diplomat in any important political or economic affairs?

Gene W.Florida

February 15, 2008, 12:51am (report abuse)

I still insist that Obama is a muslim.He is in the act of destroying our country from within.This bill would cost us approx. 850 Billion dollars.Which would totally ruin our economy.He wants us out of Iraq which would let the Iranians take over that country.Now he wants to spend three times as much on foreign countries.My God don't let this man become president.He introduced this bill in the senate.This bill has passed.I say impeach any elected official that voted on behalf of this bill.

God Bless America


February 15, 2008, 1:19am (report abuse)

from the bill...

(4) On March 22, 2002, President George W. Bush stated: `We fight against poverty because hope is an answer to terror. We fight against poverty because opportunity is a fundamental right to human dignity. We fight against poverty because faith requires it and conscience demands it. We fight against poverty with a growing conviction that major progress is within our reach.'.

(5) 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 United States international policy.'.

from the bill... (4) On March 22, 2002, President Georg

February 15, 2008, 1:21am (report abuse)

and further...

(6) The 2006 National Security Strategy of the United States notes: `America's national interests and moral values drive us in the same direction: to assist the world's poor citizens and least developed nations and help integrate them into the global economy.'.

(7) The bipartisan Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States recommends: `A comprehensive United States strategy to counter terrorism should include economic policies that encourage development, more open societies, and opportunities for people to improve the lives of their families and enhance prospects for their children.'.


February 15, 2008, 6:10am (report abuse)

Where is the outcry over this world tax coming to a theater near you. Yes our elected officials (Barack Obama included) agreed to fund this latest attempt by the UN to tax United States citizens and pass this money around to third world countries. (Or should I say third world dictators?) This tax is point 7 percent (.7% )of our gross domestic product. This amounts to $845 billion dollars or over $2,800.00 for each man, woman and child in the United States. This act will turn our already bloated foreign aid into a giant global welfare system.

The global Poverty Act has passed the house and now Senator Biden is trying to rush it through his Senate committee and if it passes the Senate we'll all have to hold on to our wallets.

Our progressive elected officials are out of control. They can't spend our money fast enough. Let's show them the door!

Chris B

February 15, 2008, 7:21am (report abuse)

Am I the only one that remembers that this is the same UN housing a leadership that was recently caught buying young girls from the North Congo as sex slaves?

Be careful where you turn for solutions.


February 15, 2008, 8:01am (report abuse)

This bill is nobel but costs WAY TOO MUCH MONEY... Anyone with a sensible mind realizes $852 Billion is a ridiculous amount of money and it could be used to help secure our borders, strengthen the fight on terrorism, aid poverty in the US. By the way, there are radical fundamentalists who still want to harm and take us out. Think about it. It's not that I don't want to help others who are less fortunate. I just see it as a financial blunder to allocate that much cash outside of the US for any reason.

My 2 Cents


February 15, 2008, 8:02am (report abuse)

Elected Officials should read their Constitition.The Government Poverty Act is Socialist and Communist and an agenda of the UN.GET US OUT OF THE UN. America is broke.Vote these socialist out. Send them there to the poor dictators countries to do good and see if they can convince the Despots to reduce their poverty themselves.



February 15, 2008, 8:22am (report abuse)

What I have seen of the aid going to underdeveloped countries shows up in the warchest of despots. Years of transferring funds to these countries have lead to bloodshed between the factions. Pouring more money into their region will only exacerbate the violence. We will be creating a demand for additional violence. Money isn't the answer....


February 15, 2008, 8:59am (report abuse)

The country is run by nitwits and a**holes. The poverty of other nations is not our problem. We have our own problems to deal with. Health Care, Mexicans, Homeless Vets, Iraq, Economy, Social Security, Unemployment, Jobs going overseas...to name just a few. I have to go now...I am ordering Rosetta Stone How to Speak Chinese so I can communicate with our future owners.


February 15, 2008, 9:22am (report abuse)

At the same time the Utopians demand we shove money down a rathole, they also demand we deprive the intended poor of the one thing they require more of to bring them out of poverty - cheap energy. Go figure.


February 15, 2008, 9:32am (report abuse)

This idea is wonderful and a very noble thought, but be realistic. All it means, is a new reason for hard working Americans to be taxed, and maybe some of the money will end up in the Swiss Bankaccounts of the rulers of the Nations that are purported to need the help.


February 15, 2008, 10:03am (report abuse)

HR 1302 (OBAMA/LUGER) will enact a global tax paid to the U.N. $225-400 BILL PER YEAR is what this would cost JUST THE U.S. The govmnt doesn't generate one penny on it's own - they'll have to raise TAXES. This legislation will force the US to ratify the Kyoto Treaty - Hate the price of gas NOW? You'll REALLY ABHOR IT once they tack on all the new taxes. Try $10 per gal. 1302 would also force the US to ratify treaties such as the UN Convention On The Rights Of A Child -sounds like such a sweet thing to do. It would take parental authority away and allow children to SUE THEIR PARENTS for such infractions as telling them not to hang with criminals, trying to get them to dress modestly, and if they didn't want to go with you to church (@any age...) you can't make them go with you to church, which means you no longer have influence over their spiritual/moral upbringing should they choose to rebel. Get on the phone to your senators and tell them to VOTE NO on 1302 NOW!

GW and Obama

February 15, 2008, 10:29am (report abuse)

To all of you who think Bush has wasted billions of dollars in Iraq, Obama and anyone else who supports this bill will be pledging 840 Billion dollars of your money to the UN to send to Corrupt Warlords in Africa that will only perpetuate the problem. Anyone who thinks themselves charitable should first break out their own checkbook before requiring others to do so in their name, or else they do not believe in democracy.


February 15, 2008, 10:42am (report abuse)

While this is an admirable gesture, PEOPLE IN AMERICA NEED TO WAKE UP! This "piece" of legislation (I use that term loosely) will take .7% of our gross national product and give it to the United Nations. That's about $845 bllion over what is now spent on foreign aid.

People, this is insane! Where will this money come from? I'm sure it will be a combination of raising our taxes and borrowing more money from the Chinese. At the rate these government pinheads are going, we're just going to be able to pay the interest on what we owe the Chinese and then all these programs we can't pay for will go away.


February 15, 2008, 11:15am (report abuse)

We have been paying for poor people FOR YEARS. It never seems to get better. We have kids who go to school hungry in our own nation because the parents don't have enough money to feed their kids. Send the poor people overseas birth control and build infrastucture so they can finally learn to be self-sufficient.

Richard Giovannetti

February 15, 2008, 11:24am (report abuse)

This bill is a travisty. It is a hudge pro liberal, pro socialist bill that only places the United states under the control of the UN. Remember they (the un.)are very pro muslim, and very anti American and anti Isreal. This bill is actualy an 845 billion dollar tax above and beyond our already existine comitments to forien aid. It also forces us as the U.S to sign on to a host of other UN. bills that are totaly against our soverenty (the un. international court treaty) and our national security. Dealing with world poverty and aids, is important, but not to the sacrificing of our economy, and national secutity. Find a better way.


February 15, 2008, 11:49am (report abuse)

This is absurd. I LOVE Africa and would love to help an African family. HOWEVER, I do not want to be MANDATED to provide relief via a known corrupt system to corrupt governments. I've been to Africa many times, I feel certain how it would work - Americans would be working to line the pockets of many diabolic governments without ANY benefit to the Americans in need


February 15, 2008, 12:46pm (report abuse)

When is our government going to take care of our people rather than promising to feed the world? You better look at what the UN wants to do before committing to this bill.


February 15, 2008, 12:50pm (report abuse)

Just another 845 billion dollars.



February 15, 2008, 1:08pm (report abuse)

I say no more debt. If we don't take care of ourselves first, we lose!

The national debt is up from $5.7 trillion when President Bush took office in January 2001 and it will top $10 trillion about the time he leaves in January 2009.

44% of our debt is held by foreign nations. What will we do if they call in the loans. Lets clean up our act.

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William Ford

February 15, 2008, 1:23pm (report abuse)

Ladies and gentlemen I am so fed up with our government -- i'm ready to explode -- i want everyone in office out -- clean house and start over --


February 15, 2008, 1:25pm (report abuse)


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