Originally Published on September 15, 2008
Back on September 25, 2007, the US House of Representatives passed the Global Poverty Act (HR 1302), which basically commits the U.S. to spending a minimum of 0.7 percent of its gross national product on foreign aid to developing countries. The bill was passed by a voice vote with no discussion of the effect this legislation will have on our sovereignty or the potential costs to the American taxpayers.
Attempts are currently being made to push Senator Barack Obama’s version of the “Global Poverty Act” (S.2433) through the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, although no hearings have been scheduled. If the Global Poverty Act is passed by both houses and signed by President Bush, American Sovereignty would suffer another blow by making US foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates and whims of corrupt United Nations bureaucrats.
The Global Poverty Act 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.”
While the goals of the Global Poverty Act sound laudable, the adoption of the UN supported plan will mandate the U.S. to pay 0.7 percent of its GNP in increased foreign aid spending that would add $65 billion a year to what the U.S. already spends. Over a 13-year period, from 2002 to the target year of 2015, when the U.S. is expected to meet the “Millennium Development Goals,” this will amount to $845 billion.
America is the most generous country in the world in terms of how much it spends on foreign aid, not to mention the billions of dollars donated by individual Americans through private non-profit aid organizations. Let us continue to give the people of developing countries the aid they need, but don’t give the corrupt United Nations any legal rights to tell us to whom and how much we should give.
Most of the poverty in the third world is created by corrupt governments that are oftentimes aided by corrupt UN bureaucrats. Much of the money we donate never gets to people we are supposed to be helping because of this corruption. Giving any control of our foreign aid funds to the corrupt United Nations will surely enhance, rather than reduce corruption. It will aggravate the current poverty levels, rather than reduce or eliminate them.
Americans should also be aware of another stated United Nations Millennium Development Goal that, if implemented, will mandate the elimination of trading in small arms. The real goal of this particular mandate is to advance a worldwide gun control movement that ultimately will supersede the laws of all nations, including our own Second Amendment, which means nothing to the globalists at the United Nations.
Americans should not discount the growing power of international law, whether through changes in the United Nations charter and UN mandates, the World Trade Organization, Global Poverty Acts, Law of the Sea Treaty, or the NAFTA and CAFTA treaties which are direct assaults on America’s sovereignty. American citizens must understand that the forces behind the new world order movement and the expansion of the United Nations powers are hostile toward our Constitution and America’s sovereignty.
Originally Published on April 21, 2008
A "thank you" to Ticker at Jus' Sayin' for bringing focus to Senator Barack Obama's Senate Bill S.2433 — which allows the United Nations to place a global tax on the world and, specifically, the United States.
To sum-up the proposed tax, it covers transferring currencies, rental values of lands, fossil fuels, use of the ocean and skies, etc. The full information is below — pay special attention to bold and italicized text:
The point here is, while this may never get through the Senate, we have a Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, attempting to make it happen.
This quote from Ticker's post — Obama and His Global Poverty Bill.
Senator Obama wants to tie the U.S. into spending millions, if not billions, on Global Poverty. His Senate Bill S-2433, along with the already passed House version, never mentions the money involved, and for good reason. They don’t want anyone to know how much the money would be. The attempt at hiding the money in this Bill is ingenious to say the least. However, it is outright prevaricate, for it certainly took some maneuvering and underhanded thinking on the part of Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) in his HR1302 and by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) in his S2433 to come up with the idea.
The claim that there is no money provided for in this Bill is partially true in that it never directly mentions the money needed to fund this act. However, if one reads the U.N. Millennium Development Goals as set forth by Jeffery Sachs, it is easy to find out where the money is hidden.
That got my attention!Here's more:
Another source, h/t again to Ticker: Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson from The Center for Vision & Values:
Nowhere in the world can we point to a country that has escaped poverty through foreign aid—in spite of more than $2 trillion of foreign aid spending so far.Dr. Hendrickson addresses the age-old problem Conservatives have when we must oppose a plan for feeding the hungry, and he points out that:
For the zillionth time, we see that liberal politicians are so obsessed with redistributing wealth that they never bother to learn the prior and most fundamentally important economic lesson—namely: How to create wealth. How, in fact, do countries develop economically? WHAT WORKS?Back to Obama's Senate Bill 2433:
Investor's Business Daily (IBD), in an op-ed by Phyllis Schaflay, dated February 26, 2008, says:
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% of our gross domestic product on foreign handouts, which is at least $30 billion over and above the exorbitant and wasted sums we already give away overseas.This directly from S.2433:
S.2433: 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.More from IBD:
U.N. Tax - The scariest phrase in the bill is "Millennium Development Goal." That refers to the declaration adopted by the United Nations Millennium Assembly and Summit in 2000 (blessed by President Bill Clinton) that called for the "eradication of poverty" by "redistribution (of) wealth and land," cancellation of "the debts of developing countries" and "a fair distribution of the earth's resources" (from the U.S. to the rest of the world, of course).
The Millennium project is monitored by Jeffrey D. Sachs, a Columbia University economist. In 2005 he presented then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan with a 3,000-page report based on the research of 265 so-called poverty specialists.
Sachs' document criticized the U.S. for giving only $16.3 billion a year in global anti-poverty aid. He argued that we should spend an additional $30 billion a year in order to reach the 0.7% target that the U.N. set for the U.S. in 2000.
Sachs says that the only way to force the U.S. to commit that much money is by a global tax, such as a tax on fossil fuels.
Empowering the United Nations to impose a direct international tax on Americans has been a U.N. goal ever since the 1995 Copenhagen Summit embraced the so-called Tobin Tax.
By adopting the Millennium goals in 2000, the U.N. escalated its demands to impose international taxes. Specifically, the Millennium called for a "currency transfer tax," 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."
It doesn't bother U.N. sycophants that most U.S. handouts go into the hands of corrupt dictators who hate us and vote against us in the U.N., and that only 30% of our foreign aid ever reaches the poor. U.N. bureaucrats accuse the U.S. of being "stingy" in its handouts to underdeveloped countries.
There is much more to the Millennium goals than merely extorting more money from U.S. taxpayers. The goals set forth a comprehensive plan to put the United States under U.N. global governance.
Losing Sovereignty [meaning the United States of America] - These goals include a "standing peace force" (i.e., a U.N. standing army), a "U.N. Arms register" of all small arms and light weapons, "peace education" covering "all levels from preschool through university," and "political control of the global economy." The goals call for implementing all U.N. treaties that the United States has never ratified, all of which set up U.N. monitoring committees to compromise American sovereignty.
To achieve this level of control over U.S. domestic law, the plan calls for "strengthening the United Nations for the 21st century" by "eliminating" the veto and permanent membership in the Security Council. The goal is to reduce U.S. influence to one out of 192 nations, so we would have merely the same vote as Cuba.
The Global Poverty Act would be a giant step toward the Millennium goal of global governance and international taxes on Americans. Tell your senators to kill this un-American bill.
H.R. 1302: Global Poverty Act of 2007Passed House
Other Bills with the Same Title - The list below shows legislation in this and previous sessions of Congress that had the same title as this bill. Often bills are incorporated into other omnibus bills, and you may be able to track the status of provisions of this bill by looking for an omnibus bill below. Note that bills may have multiple titles.
- Sen. Barack Obama [D, IL] and 9 Co-Sponsors
- Sen. Joseph Biden [D, DE]
- Sen. Maria Cantwell [D, WA]
- Sen. Christopher Dodd [D, CT]
- Sen. Richard Durbin [D, IL]
- Sen. Russell Feingold [D, WI]
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D, CA]
- Sen. Charles Hagel [R, NE]
- Sen. Richard Lugar [R, IN]
- Sen. Robert Menendez [D, NJ]
More reading on the United Nation's anti-poverty failures and subversion:
The U.N. Development Program's criminal misdeeds in procuring good and services to fight poverty worldwide. UNDP monies, of which the United States pays 22% of the budget, has been funneling money to some of the most corrupt countries in the world, and countries with little transparency of how the money is used. Just another day at the U.N.
Originally Published on September 1, 2008
Obama has already entered his Global Poverty Act (S.2433, based on H.R. 1302, passed by the House September 25, 2007). As president he would be free to pursue this goal of taking money from American workers and sending it abroad.
As I and others have sought to explain for many years, the goal is the establishment of the One World Government (Novus Ordo Seclorum). In order to do this, the playing fields must be leveled. This bill is an important step in that direction for the Elite.
Poverty is a crushing weight on much of the world. There is no question about this... and this is just fine with the Elite! They have no desire to elevate the poor! They couldn't care less about them! However, to ensure their control of the planet and to minimize opposition, the distinctions between rich and poor must be reduced. Their goal, therefore, is the establishment of a global proletariat in which they, as semi-divine beings (Mer-people), rule supreme. It sounds like science fiction or fantasy, but its reality.
In order to balance the conditions of the global proletariat, wealthy countries like the US must have our standards of living drastically lowered. This is the main reason our jobs are being outsourced and our gas prices have gotten so high.
This is all happening according to the plans of the Bilderberg Groups' Millennium Assembly and Summit and their "Millennium Development Goal" that Obama's Global Poverty Act is seeking to achieve.
Originally Published on February 12, 2008
A nice-sounding bill called the "Global Poverty Act," sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama, is up for a Senate vote on Thursday and could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States. The bill, which has the support of many liberal religious groups, makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations.
Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has not endorsed either Senator Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. But on Thursday, February 14, he is trying to rush Obama's "Global Poverty Act" (S.2433) through his committee. The legislation would commit the U.S. to spending 0.7 percent of gross national product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends.
The bill, which is item number four on the committee's business meeting agenda, passed the House by a voice vote last year 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. According to the website of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, no hearings have been held on the Obama bill in that body.
A release from the Obama Senate office about the bill declares:
"In 2000, the U.S. joined more than 180 countries at the United Nations Millennium Summit and vowed to reduce global poverty by 2015. We are halfway towards this deadline, and it is time the United States makes it a priority of our foreign policy to meet this goal and help those who are struggling day to day"...In addition to seeking to eradicate poverty, that declaration commits nations to banning "small arms and light weapons" and ratifying a series of treaties, including the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Kyoto Protocol (global warming treaty), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Millennium Declaration also affirms the U.N. as "the indispensable common house of the entire human family, through which we will seek to realize our universal aspirations for peace, cooperation and development."
Jeffrey Sachs, who runs the U.N.'s "Millennium Project," says that the U.N. plan to force the U.S. to pay 0.7 percent of GNP in increased foreign aid spending would add $65 billion a year to what the U.S. already spends. Over a 13-year period, from 2002, when the U.N.'s Financing for Development conference was held, to the target year of 2015, when the U.S. is expected to meet the "Millennium Development Goals," this amounts to $845 billion. And the only way to raise that kind of money, Sachs has written, is through a global tax, preferably on carbon-emitting fossil fuels.
The House version (H.R. 1302), sponsored by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), had only 84 co-sponsors before it was suddenly brought up on the House floor last September 25 and was passed by voice vote. House Republicans were caught off-guard, unaware that the pro-U.N. measure committed the U.S. to spending hundreds of billions of dollars.
It appears the Senate version is being pushed not only by Biden and Obama, a member of the committee, but Lugar, the ranking Republican member. Lugar has worked with Obama in the past to promote more foreign aid for Russia, supposedly to stem nuclear proliferation, and has become Obama's mentor. Like Biden, Lugar is a globalist. They have both promoted passage of the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty, for example...
It's not clear what President Bush would do if the bill passes the Senate. The bill itself quotes Bush as declaring that: "We fight against poverty because opportunity is a fundamental right to human dignity." Bush's former top aide, Michael J. Gerson, writes in his new book, Heroic Conservatism, that Bush should be remembered as the President who "sponsored the largest percentage increases in foreign assistance since the Marshall Plan..."
Even these increases, however, will not be enough to satisfy the requirements of the Obama bill. A global tax will clearly be necessary to force American taxpayers to provide the money.
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