By Vincent Gioia
March 12, 2008
Overlooked in the fervor to select a Democrat nominee is what Obama really stands for; we can only hope this will not be the case in the national election if Obama is chosen. There are many ideas proposed by Obama to criticize him about but one that stands out and has great implications is the Global Poverty Act Obama supports.
The Global Poverty Act (S.2433) would require the United States to spend $845 billion ($845,000,000,000.00) on welfare to third-world countries. This amounts to a tax of over $2,000 on each man, woman and child in the United States. The foreign aid budget now stands at $300 billion; the Act would add the additional expenditure to the already huge amount allocated to assist the world.
As Phyllis Schlafly wrote recently:
“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…”
WorldNetDaily.com quotes Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy in Media as saying:
“[T]he legislation, if approved, dedicates 0.7 percent of the U.S. gross national product to foreign aid, which over 13 years… would amount to $845 billion ‘over and above what the U.S. already spends. “The plan passed the House in 2007 ‘because most members didn’t realize what was in it.’ Congressional sponsors have been careful not to calculate the amount of foreign aid spending that it would require.” (Emphasis added to show the seriousness of the chance this horrendous bill may become law.)
The cost in money of Obama’s Global Poverty Act is not the only problem. The bill requires 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 reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal”.
The “international organizations” and “international nongovernmental organizations” and “other appropriate entities” are of course the United Nations; the same institution that has a record of corruption, bad judgment and anti-Americanism.
In 2000 the United Nations established a “Millennium Development Goal” (referred to in the Global Poverty Act) having among its provisions: a “currency transfer tax,” (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”; “royalty on worldwide fossil energy projection — oil, natural gas, coal”; “fees for the commercial use of the oceans and 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”.
The Millennium Development Goal also includes: a “standing peace force,” (that is, a United Nations army); a “UN arms register of all small arms and light weapons,” (which would enable guns to be regulated or confiscated in contradiction to the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution); “peace education,” to be offered “at all levels from preschool through university”; and “political control of the global economy.” All this would be done by the UN General Assembly because in addition to all else, the Goal includes “strengthening the United Nations for the 21st century” by “eliminating” the veto and permanent membership in the Security Council. (Note: the third world holds a majority in the UN General Assembly.)
The Millennium Development Goal also proposes: “eradication of poverty” by the “redistribution [of] wealth and land,” cancellation of “the debts of developing countries, and “fair distribution of the earth’s resources.”
The United Nations Millennium Development Goal resembles the goals developed and implemented by the totalitarian Nazi regime in Germany under Adolph Hitler.
Many in the Senate have already announced support for Obama’s Global Poverty Act; among them; Senators Richard Lugar, Joseph Biden, Maria Cantwell, Chris Dodd, Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold, Diane Feinstein, Chuck Hagel, Olympia Snowe, Tim Johnson, Tom Harkin and Robert Mendez. (President Bill Clinton also endorsed the Global Poverty Act.)
I suggest we do as Phyllis Schafley recommends:
“The Global Poverty Act would be a giant step toward the Millennium Goals of global governance and international taxes on Americans. Tell your Senators to kill this un-American bill.”
We should also remember what Barrack Obama stands for when we vote in the presidential election if he is on the Democrat ticket. Election of Obama would mean a loss of the independence our soldiers have fought and died for us to maintain.
Vincent Gioia is a retired patent attorney living in Palm Desert, California. His articles may be read at his web site and he may be contacted by email here .