Obama’s "Other Countries" comments de-coded

Some folks have asked what Obama meant when he said the following at a rally in Oregon-
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”

The answer perhaps lies in in a bill that has been very, oh so very quietly, making its way through the House and Senate. The so called Global Poverty Act sounds high minded and noble. Reduce poverty in the world, feed the hungry, increase development in third world countries. Wonderful right? Maybe not. Senate bill 2433 for your consideration as taken from Thomas

S 2433 RS

Calendar No. 718

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2433

[Report No. 110-331]
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.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 7, 2007
Mr. OBAMA (for himself, Mr. HAGEL, Ms. CANTWELL, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. LUGAR, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. BIDEN, Mr. DODD, Mr. FEINGOLD, Ms. SNOWE, Mrs. MURRAY, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. JOHNSON, Mr. SMITH, and Mr. KERRY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

April 24, 2008
Reported by Mr. BIDEN, with amendments and an amendment to the title

[Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic]

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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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Global Poverty Act of 2007′.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) More than 1,000,000,000 people worldwide live on less than $1 per day, and another 1,600,000,000 people struggle to survive on less than $2 per day, according to the World Bank.

(2) At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, the United States joined more than 180 other countries in committing to work toward goals to improve life for the world’s poorest people by 2015.

(3) The year 2007 marks the mid-point to the Millennium Development Goals deadline of 2015.

(4) The [Struck out->] United Nations [<-Struck out] 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.

(5) On March 22, 2002, President George W. [Struck out->] Bush stated [<-Struck out] Bush participated in the International Conference on Finance for Development and endorsed the Monterey Consensus, stating: `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.’.

(6) 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.’.

(7) 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.’.

(8) The bipartisan Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States released in 2004 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.’.

(9) 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.

(10) 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 [Struck out->] United Nations [<-Struck out] Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

(11) The United States has recognized the need for increased financial and technical assistance to countries burdened by extreme poverty , as well as the need for strengthened economic and trade opportunities for those countries, through significant initiatives in recent years, including the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7601 et seq.), the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, and trade preference programs for developing countries, such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (19 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.).

[Struck out->] (12) In January 2006, United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice initiated a restructuring of the United States foreign assistance program, including the creation of a Director of Foreign Assistance, who maintains authority over Department of State and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) foreign assistance funding and programs. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (13) [<-Struck out] (12) In January 2007, the Department of State’s Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance added poverty reduction as an explicit, central component of the overall goal of United States foreign assistance. The official goal of United States foreign assistance is: `To help build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system.’.

[Struck out->] (14) Economic growth and poverty reduction are more successful in countries that invest in the people, rule justly, and promote economic freedom. These principles have become the core of several development programs of the United States Government, such as the Millennium Challenge Account. [<-Struck out]

SEC. 3. DECLARATION OF POLICY.

It is the policy of the United States to promote 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 [Struck out->] worldwide [<-Struck out] , between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

SEC. 4. REQUIREMENT TO DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY.

(a) Strategy- The President, acting through the Secretary of State, and in consultation with the heads of other appropriate departments and agencies of the United States Government, 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, shall 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 [Struck out->] worldwide [<-Struck out] , between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

(b) Content- The strategy required by subsection (a) shall include specific and measurable goals, efforts to be undertaken, benchmarks, and timetables to achieve the objectives described in subsection (a).

(c) Components- The strategy required by subsection (a) should include the following components:

(1) Continued investment or involvement in existing United States initiatives related to international poverty reduction, such as the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7601 et seq.), the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), and trade preference programs for developing countries, such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (19 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.).

(2) Improving the effectiveness of development assistance and making available additional overall United States assistance levels as appropriate.

(3) Enhancing and expanding debt relief as appropriate.

(4) Leveraging United States trade policy where possible to enhance economic development prospects for developing countries.

(5) Coordinating efforts and working in cooperation with developed and developing countries, international organizations, and international financial institutions.

(6) Mobilizing and leveraging the participation of businesses, United States and international nongovernmental organizations, civil society, and public-private partnerships.

(7) Coordinating the goal of poverty reduction [Struck out->] with other development goals, such as combating the spread of preventable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, increasing access to potable water and basic sanitation, reducing hunger and malnutrition, and improving access to and quality of education at all levels regardless of gender. [<-Struck out] with the other internationally recognized Millennium Development Goals, including eradicating extreme hunger and reducing hunger and malnutrition, achieving universal education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating the spread of preventable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, increasing access to potable water and basic sanitation, ensuring environmental sustainability, and achieving significant improvement in the lives of at least 100,000,000 slum dwellers.

(8) Integrating principles of sustainable development and entrepreneurship into policies and programs.

(d) Reports-

(1) INITIAL REPORT-

(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act , the President, acting through the Secretary of State, shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on the strategy required under subsection (a).

(B) CONTENT- The report required under subparagraph (A) shall include the following elements:

(i) A description of the strategy required under subsection (a).

(ii) An evaluation, to the extent possible, both proportionate and absolute, of the contributions provided by the United States and other national and international actors in achieving 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.

(iii) An assessment of the overall progress toward achieving 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.

(2) SUBSEQUENT REPORTS- Not later than December 31, 2012, and December 31, 2015, the President shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees reports on the status of the implementation of the strategy, progress made in achieving the global poverty reduction objectives described in subsection (a), and any changes to the strategy since the date of the submission of the last report.

(e) Coordinator- The Secretary of State shall designate a coordinator who will have primary responsibility for overseeing and drafting the initial report under paragraph (1) of subsection (d) and subsequent reports under paragraph (2) of such subsection, in coordination with relevant Federal agencies, as well as responsibility for helping to implement recommendations contained in the reports.

SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS.

In this Act :

(1) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES- The term `appropriate congressional committees’ means–

(A) the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and

(B) the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.

(2) EXTREME GLOBAL POVERTY – The term `extreme global poverty’ refers to the conditions in which individuals live on less than $1 per day, adjusted for purchasing power parity in 1993 United States dollars, according to World Bank statistics.

(3) GLOBAL POVERTY – The term `global poverty’ refers to the conditions in which individuals live on less than $2 per day, adjusted for purchasing power parity in 1993 United States dollars, according to World Bank statistics.

(4) MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS- The term `Millennium Development Goals’ means the goals set out in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, General Assembly Resolution 55/2 (2000).
Amend the title so as to read: `An Act 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, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.’.

Calendar No. 718

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2433

[Report No. 110-331]

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.

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April 24, 2008

Reported with amendments and an amendment to the title

Now, pay attention to all the places where you see “struck out.” Did you notice that many of those struck out portions contain references to the U.N., to worldwide, in sec 7- to gender equality? How about where reference to democratic, well governed states was struck out? `To help build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system.’. Kind of hard to give aid to countries in Africa that are run by dictators if there is language in the bill calling for us to help build democratic governments.

Now the House has a similar version, for interested in reading it it is H.R. 1302

110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1302

Not so bad you say? Maybe, maybe not. How the hell do we pay for this? And where exactly is this money going?
More fun- the U.N. Millennium Goals from the U.N. page

“We will have time to reach the Millennium Development Goals – worldwide and in most, or even all, individual countries – but only if we break with business as usual. We cannot win overnight. Success will require sustained action across the entire decade between now and the deadline. It takes time to train the teachers, nurses and engineers; to build the roads, schools and hospitals; to grow the small and large businesses able to create the jobs and income needed. So we must start now. And we must more than double global development assistance over the next few years. Nothing less will help to achieve
the Goals.”

United Nations Secretary-General

Break with business as usual? Sound familiar anybody???

Here is another interesting sound bite from Obama.

“This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago, who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.

And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.

The fact is, is that I’m also friendly with Tom Coburn, one of the most conservative Republicans in the United States Senate, who during his campaign once said that it might be appropriate to apply the death penalty to those who carried out abortions.

Do I need to apologize for Mr. Coburn’s statements? Because I certainly don’t agree with those either.”

Now how did Coburn get caught up in this? Obama has co-sponsored bills with Coburn. The answer perhaps lies on the Senate page and his objections to the Global Poverty Act. I am not talented enough to copy the entire letter here, just a link. You may read his objections to this bill yourself.

http://tinyurl.com/3uz2lu

Sen. Coburn objects to putting the U.S. in the position of committing to spending 0.7% of GNP in foreign aid. The Senator’s calculations show this would take us from spending $23 billion to $98 billion for 2008, effectively quadrupling our foreign assistance.

Go ahead and type in U.N. Millennial Goals in your google bar. Read the pages and the links. Very prominent in all of this is getting more aid to Africa. Hmmm- Trinity Church’s proclaimed “mother country.” If you type in Global Poverty Act, you will get 1,190,000 hits. Nine out of the first ten have reference to Obama, and most are NOT complimentary. Just how are we going to pay for this? Answer- well the junior Senator from Illinois gave the answer yesterday-

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”

Since when do other countries get to tell American citizens how to live??? Excuse me, but the United States sends more aid to more countries than any other country in the world! Now Obama wants to enact a huge tax on us and give control of that money to the U.N! Now I am all for helping hungry people- we have plenty of those here in the States and lots of organizations trying to help the poor and needy of the world. I do however have a big issue with being taxed to send money to corrupt governments that have no interest in helping their own people. How many times do we have to send aid overseas and see it mis-used by dictators before we figure out that it just does not work? Witness the recent disaster in Myanmar where the corrupt military dictators first refused aid for their people and then misdirected the food when the aid planes were allowed to land. So much for the effectiveness of the U.N. Has the U.N been able to do anything in Darfur? Somalia? How much money will we allow to go to these megalomanics and their arms budgets?
The research on this issue could go on and on and on. My bottom line in the few days of research I have done is this-
Be afraid, be very very afraid. There is a movement afoot to bring about a “New World Order” and the United States as we know and love it is going to be paying the bill for our own destruction.

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3 Responses

  1. Excellent diary. Splendid research. This took a lot of thought and persistence. Great work!

  2. The United States Senate may vote any day on the stealth imposition of what could amount to an $845 BILLION United Nations style global tax on American citizens?

    It’s called the Global Poverty Act (S.2433), and it is being sponsored by none other than Senator Barack Obama.

    According to some conservative sources, this disastrous legislation could eventually force U.S. taxpayers to fork over as much as 0.7 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product — or $845,000,000,000.00 — on welfare to third-world countries.

    Here’s what Phyllis Schlafly, conservative activist and founder of Eagle Forum, recently wrote:

    “Obama’s costly, dangerous and altogether bad bill (S. 2433), which could come up in the Senate any day, is called the Global Poverty Act. It would commit U.S. taxpayers to spend 0.7 percent of our Gross Domestic Product on foreign handouts…” [Emphasis Mine]

    Time is of the essence because Senator Joe Biden, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just issued a report on the Global Poverty Act and it was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar on Thursday the 24th.

    That means that time is of the essence as this potentially massive surrender of your hard-earned tax dollars to the third world may be close to a vote.

    That’s why we must act now… BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

    Use the hyperlink below to send your urgent and personalized Blast Fax messages to President George W. Bush and each Member of the Republican Leadership of the United States Senate.

    Let them know in no uncertain terms that you are watching and you will not tolerate massive United Nations style giveaways that are passed in the dark of night — or in broad daylight for that matter. Tell them that putting us on the road to give billions to petty tyrants and dictators is NOT a solution to poverty.

    This bill can come up for a vote at any time. Demand that our conservative legislators do whatever it takes — a filibuster if necessary — to stop this bill dead in its tracks.

    http://www.cfiflistmanager.org/globalpovertyactnm.html

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    It Gets Worse!

    Here are some of the additional provisions of the Millennium Development Goal:

    a “currency transfer tax,” that is, a tax imposed on companies and individuals who must exchange dollars for foreign currency;

    a “tax on the rental value of land and natural resources”;

    a “royalty on worldwide fossil energy projection — oil, natural gas, coal”;

    “fees for the commercial use of the oceans, fees for airplane use of the skies, fees for use of the electromagnetic spectrum, fees on foreign exchange transactions, and a tax on the carbon content of fuels.”

    a “standing peace force,” meaning a standing United Nations army that might, in time, be large enough to force us to bend to its will;

    a “UN arms register of all small arms and light weapons,” the beginning of the end of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution;

    the “eradication of poverty” by the “redistribution [of] wealth and land” — How do you suppose the United Nations expects to “redistribute” the land and the wealth? And what country do you think the third-world majority will go after first?

    cancellation of “the debts of developing countries,”

    “a fair distribution of the earth’s resources.”

    and “political control of the global economy.”

    In other words, it’s a blueprint for a world government, owned and operated by the United Nations.

    One thing is clear: the Millennium Development Goal is a dagger aimed at the heart of America.

    While the Global Poverty Act, as presently championed by its Senate supporters, embraces certain aspects of the Millennium Development Goal, one should wonder if some of our legislators also support land and wealth “redistribution.”

    We must stop this bill dead in its tracks.

    We must stop this subversion NOW! Don’t let Senator Obama’s Global Poverty Act sneak through the Senate.

    And yes, just in case you think the massive amounts of your tax dollars that were wasted under the United Nation’s Oil for Food program were an aberration, and that such a thing could not eventually happen on a more massive scale were the Global Poverty Act to sneak through the Senate, Doug Powers, writing for WorldNetDaily.com made this observation:

    “Not long ago, Nigeria’s ‘anti-corruption commission’ — runner-up in the ‘oxymoron of the year’ competition, second only to ‘U.S. Senate Intelligence’ — found that past rulers of Nigeria have stolen or misused billions of dollars.”

    “The commission discovered that the amount of money ‘missing’ adds up to all the Western aid given to Africa in four decades. Obama, Hagel and Cantwell want to throw more at them. Apparently they won’t be happy until there are trillions of our tax dollars stolen by crooked leaders and warlords.” [Emphasis Mine]

    Unfortunately, the Global Poverty Act is still flying under the radar, but not for long.

    Jeff Mazzella
    President
    http://www.cfif.org

    Center for Individual Freedom
    113 S. Columbus St., Suite 310
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    703-535-5836
    Fax:703-535-5838

  3. Kenya reported this week they are in a hole. Today’s Daily Nation reported that Kenya is in a hole for Sh200 billion and is depending on donors to dig them out. According to the report the cash problem is related to the post-election violence. Another article said that because they have such a hugh new cabinet they need another 300m for that. Barry’s cousin is the PM over there don’t forget.

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