S.2433 - Global Poverty Act of 2007

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. view all titles (3)

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  • Short: Global Poverty Act of 2007 as introduced.
  • Short: Global Poverty Act of 2007 as reported to senate.
  • Official: 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. as introduced.

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  • Anonymous 12/15/2008 11:34am

    Look what happen to our President while he was in Iraq saying his fair well to their President
    A journalist threw his shoes at the head of our President someone said he was showing his freedom of speech
    My question is his body guards they should have been at his side with there guns drown when the second shoe was thrown then BANG! BANG! Maybe they are Democrats!

  • Anonymous 12/15/2008 11:51am

    And the solution is
    545 PEOPLE

    By Charlie Reese

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
    Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against high taxes, WHY do we have high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.
    They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.
    The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.
    Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.
    When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
    If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ, it’s because they want them in IRAQ.
    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
    If we have open borders, it is because they want open borders.
    There are no unsolvable government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like ‘the economy,’ ‘inflation,’ or ‘politics’ that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people and they alone, are responsible.
    They and they alone, have the power.
    They and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!!

    Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
    What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you appear to have several choices.

  • siliconcalley 12/15/2008 10:18pm

    Has a poor country ever been saved with handouts? You spend $1 billion on food for a country for a month and does that add up to any progress whatsoever? No, because they’ll be hungry next month too. I hate to be cliche, but give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day, teach him to fish and he’ll eat for life.

    Do we ever learn our lesson? We’ve spent $3 trillion on foreign aid so far and what has it done? It’s made people hungrier because the people we used to feed had kids. The rest of the world still hates us.

    And look into the Millenium Development Goal, because that has a whole other set of goals which aren’t mentioned, including the elusive “international tax on U.S. citizens” where we pay a tax to the UN.

  • Anonymous 12/19/2008 4:46am

    Its just like the tarp bill bailout they will say a million to pass it and then spend billions after its passed and hope no one notices

  • Anonymous 12/19/2008 2:48pm
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    I have two words here….FUCK YOU!!!

  • Anonymous 12/22/2008 6:12am

    I think many comments on this page are intelligent and valid. Throwing money at a problem has never solved the problem. Do they want to throw away our money to make our nation a third world country? Is it a plan to destroy America and bring down our status as a super power? This bill should not be passed for the sake of our country and it’s people. We need to solve our deficit and have money to spare. I agree with one comment above to move the UN to another country and let them support the UN. Why do we support an organization that is against what America stands for? This country is where the politicians want it to be, plain and simple. They control this country and create the problems. I have said for years we need to get rid of them all and start over. We need business men in office that will run the country like a business. There are too many promises made that take our money just to get members of our government elected. We pay for too many things that are wrong in our country and it is not right to take more money from people who are already paying half of what they make to the goverment to send overseas. American once was a place where hard work would bring wealth but now it is taxed in every way possible to keep us down. Why do we have to be the only ones to take care of the world? We do enough already. I have written my senators and the whitehouse on my disagreement to this bill and encouraged everyone I know to do the same.

  • Anonymous 12/22/2008 7:06am

    What are YOU PEOPLE SMOKING…. I can’t believe what you morons are talking about here… I know that you are probably products of our awful public (dumbing down) education system – but still… Can’t you even try to think? … and look at REAL FACTS?… when I see bozo’s like "mcgovernsi46 state…. “We are far behind most other developed countries in helping other less advantaged people around” ?? What the heck ? The FACTS are the the United States ALREADY provides more aid (as a % of GNP) to poor countries than any other country on the planet? It a fact – read it ! And if anybody thinks THIS congress can do ANYTHING for only a million dollars – well then…. I know you went to a public school, ad you are dummer that a rock !!

  • Anonymous 12/23/2008 10:35am

    A Gun Ban on all small arms and light weapons —which would repeal our Second Amendment right to bear arms. There is not a chance in hell that I will give my gun up. How about all of you?

  • JHENRY 12/25/2008 3:20pm

    What about the disadvantaged citizens and their children in our country? They should come first before giving away money to any foreign country. Charity begins at home!!!

  • Anonymous 12/26/2008 2:46pm

    This bill is a crock of crap. Why does the government keep giving OUR $$ to foreign countries, and yet keep taxing us for it? When have foreign countries ever given to us?

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    Anonymous 12/28/2008 3:38am

    Brigitte Bardot, Sushi, and a VERY strong millitary!

  • Anonymous 12/28/2008 3:34am

    Where do you figure these numbers come from?? Did you read the bill?? It sez, in part, that around 2.6 billion people in the world live on less that $2 per day, and the bill wants to better these folks’ situation to a level above that. So, according to MY very limited math, if we simply give all 2.6 million of those folks a buck or two, the program would cost us less than $5 billion (where does the $65 billion come into play??). Several big-time CEO’s could fund this much from the money they scammed from the U.S. taxpayer thru govt. giveaways, and not even blink an eye. The bill could be simply changed to “The Ultra-rich Scumbag CEO Two Dollar World Poverty Giveaway” bill, and all thoes but a handful of the CEO’s in question and EVERYONE in the upper echelons of govt. would be in favor of it. We don’t want to spoil these “dollar-a-dayers”, just double their income. YOU can live on a dollar a day now that you drive a scooter, eh? What if they doubled YOUR income? You could move up to a 650 Honda in a heartbeat!!! God (Dog) Bless America!!!

  • Anonymous 12/28/2008 3:34am

    Where do you figure these numbers come from?? Did you read the bill?? It sez, in part, that around 2.6 billion people in the world live on less that $2 per day, and the bill wants to better these folks’ situation to a level above that. So, according to MY very limited math, if we simply give all 2.6 million of those folks a buck or two, the program would cost us less than $5 billion (where does the $65 billion come into play??). Several big-time CEO’s could fund this much from the money they scammed from the U.S. taxpayer thru govt. giveaways, and not even blink an eye. The bill could be simply changed to “The Ultra-rich Scumbag CEO Two Dollar World Poverty Giveaway” bill, and all thoes but a handful of the CEO’s in question and EVERYONE in the upper echelons of govt. would be in favor of it. We don’t want to spoil these “dollar-a-dayers”, just double their income. YOU can live on a dollar a day now that you drive a scooter, eh? What if they doubled YOUR income? You could move up to a 650 Honda in a heartbeat!!! God (Dog) Bless America!!!

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    Anonymous 01/13/2009 3:57pm

    If there are 2.6 billion people on Earth living on less than $2 per day and you want to double their lifestyle to a mere $4 per day, it would require $5.2 billion dollars per day of additional funds, thereby requiring $1.898 trillion dollars per year every year without inflation (pipe dream). If, like every other big task in the world, the United States carries the majority of the load (because the Marxist regime here claims we are so evil), we could end up paying well over $1 trillion dollars per year. If the truth were known, a lot of those people the ‘do-goodies’ want to help would probably give back their $2 a day just to get rid of the ‘do-goodies’ and their overly self-inflated sense of worth.

  • Anonymous 12/28/2008 2:38pm

    Well I’m new to this discussion but there are a couple of simple points that come to mind.

    1) Many of these impoverished nations we are supposed to be helping out, in this Bill, are notorious for the leaders “powers that be” to take a significantly disproportionate amount of any “AID” for themselves and the actual “POOR” receive very little; if any of it. The UN has proved to be incapable of resolving this sort of issue and contributes to the parasitic consumption of AID entrusted to them by its members; of which the US is already a considerable contributor to.
    2) Argue the numbers as you wish, but NOTHING in government costs less than they plan it to be and in regards to the UN even more so. Regardless of what they publish it WILL CERTAINLY cost MORE.
    3) The general language of this bill sound very noble and magnanimous but where’s the hitch? Lurking in benign terms such as “Millennium Development Goals” and “cooperation”; you can bet on it.
    4) Look at the list of the sponsors “(Mr. OBAMA (for himself, Mr. and 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)” all, each and every one, ultra-liberal career politicians. Most of which have expressed a willingness, if not eagerness, to co-opt or make the US subservient to UN policies and directive.

    America is sovereign and I think we should keep it way.
    BAM

  • Anonymous 12/30/2008 3:06am

    Do not pass thiss bill. We don’t want the United Nations ruling our country! Mary Mullin

  • smith 01/02/2009 5:28am

    ANY ONE WHO NEED A JOB CAN SEND ME AN EMAIL SMITH_LUWS2000@YAHOO.COM

  • txhess 01/04/2009 7:19am

    I think we should all give as much as our president elect gave last year in donatations….less than .01% of his families combined income. Let them give all those poor ISLAMIC countries .01% of that combined TAX of the American workers (the out of work folks, illegal aliens and “WELFARE MONEY PIT” would not be giving anything…gotta get a pay check to pay taxes more or less) and give the rest to AMERICANS. AND to receive this extra cash, they must be attending a trade school, be a legal US citizen, pass drug/booze tests…oh wait that would be just like having a job and being a productive American aho just might start to think for himself and some of these fat cat politicans might become accountable for their jobs! Lets also not forget that this house bill also would align America to the UN polices, hence the Democrates would get their wish and the second amendment would disapear and they could say “We did not remove your right to bear arms, the UN policies dictated this. Our hands are clean….er….tied” and so the dictatorship would begin….WAKE UP!!!!!

  • txhess 01/04/2009 7:30am

    REALITY CHECK: We have given so much $$ to these same countries and other already. Not to mention all the food we send them each year. NOT the UN, the USA! The $$ never makes it to the poor, it makes to their militaries. The food doesn’t make it to the poor, it feeds the wealthy…and the military or is sold to other countries for $$…for you guessed it, their military. Their military may be a band of murders disgused as a juanta to over throw the government which the government vows to destroy. So we, the USA, NOT THE UN, is accused by American’s, the socialist countries and the UN, of aiding the terrorist which we are by sending these governments $$. The cold war is over, we no longer need to worry about the Ruskies, heck who do you think these governments by their weapons from? How many AK47’s do you see slunk over the terrorists shoulders verus M16’s? As long as there is no accountability for the $$ and foods sent these countries, it is better spent here, educating the poor and welfare to get off their lazy buts and GET A JOB! WAKE UP!!

  • Anonymous 01/06/2009 5:03am

    Where does it end? Why on earth should we continue to dole out billions upon billions of dollars to corrupt regimes and governments whose citizens wish to kill Americans.

    With our economy in the tank and our infrastructure crumbling around our ears… how about investing in America first and foremost and return us to a sustainable level of prosperity for ourselves, our children and our grand children?

    I am tired of hearing that everyone else is more important or more needy than our own citizens. Time to stop thinking we owe the world anything and time to act like the recipients of our welfare and start taking for ourselves.

    Keep the money at home and rebuild AMERICA!

  • Anonymous 01/06/2009 9:57am

    I guess there is no sense getting an education, creating goals or striving to be better …Uncle Barak will take care of us all. Praise the new savior!!!

  • Anonymous 01/17/2009 4:26am

    A Gun Ban on all small arms and light weapons —which would repeal our Second Amendment right to bear arms. There is not a chance in hell that I will give my gun up. How about all of you?

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
    Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against high taxes, WHY do we have high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.
    They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.
    The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.
    Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.
    When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
    If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ, it’s because they want them in IRAQ.
    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
    If we have open borders, it is because they want open borders.
    There are no unsolvable government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like ‘the economy,’ ‘inflation,’ or ‘politics’ that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people and they alone, are responsible.
    They and they alone, have the power.
    They and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!!

    Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
    What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you appear to have several choices.

  • Anonymous 01/22/2009 1:24pm

    Stop the madness! We have to stop this bill! The USA has it’s own poverty and economic issues that need to be addresses prior to massive additional global expenditures.

  • Anonymous 01/24/2009 9:58am

    You know, instead of talking about what we should or shouldn’t do maybe a letter to your congressman/woman would prove to do more than this blog! From what I read on this blog, there are only a couple of folks who think this is a good idea . . . personally the Government ’shouldn’t’ have the right to be taking from us and giving to others . . . and in particular without the citizens of the U.S. being fully aware of it and it’s implications. When someone robs Peter to give to Paul . . . Paul will always be his friend! Isn’t that what the politicians, (Especially the Democrats), are doing? And for Biden, who doesn’t give any of his own to dispurse others money and suggest that this is the ‘patriotic’ thing to do . . . what a damn hypocrit!

  • gapchtag 01/27/2009 1:45pm

    We have enough problems at home, lets fix those before we make any attempts to fix the entire world. Further more, if we have this much extra cash I would like my taxes reduced.

  • Anonymous 01/29/2009 6:16am

    It’s a shame our educational system no longer teaches people how to recognize “propaganda”. Our government officials as well as our media are guilty of using propaganda to convince Americans that what they do is for the good of America. I for one will be contacting my state representatives and voicing my opinion on this piece of legislation.

  • Anonymous 01/29/2009 10:57am

    I just learned of this bill today – and it’s got me steamed…so let me get this straight – we (the people of the United States – ha – the Senate; who are supposed to have our best interest at heart – haha – liberal, bleeding hearts) are supposed to vote this in and we get to pay for everybody else’s food, homes, education, etc. the world over when MOST of us are struggling right now to pay for our own family’s food, homes, the education of our children, etc. Where exactly do they think this money is coming from? Hello people – it would come from us (taxpayers)!! And what happens if the other UN superpowers don’t vote for it and we do – do we foot the bill all by ourselves? What gives – people don’t want to pay these high taxes and taxes are only going to rise right now to pay the piper for the people who don’t have jobs; yeah – I have an idea – lets eradicate poverty everywhere! Who’s harebrained idea was that!! – there are more and more people living in poverty here (the US) because of things our government has voted into bills. This needs to STOP!! This has nothing to do with religion – where did that string come from. If we try to help everyone, who will help us when we need it – because it’s gonna happen – and we will just be hated for helping anyway like we are now. What are we trying to make France like us – is that the motivation behind this – get real people of the government!!!!! Start representing OUR best interests and STOP giving away the money I work hard to make!!!

  • oldcolonial 01/30/2009 3:52pm

    No more money for the U.N. for any reason. This is a group of thieves and frauds that is no friend of the United States. S.2433 is an affront to our national sovereinty and to our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We are already paying too much to this organization!

  • Anonymous 02/02/2009 7:34am

    I Believe we should cut off all foreign aid and take care of our own CITIZINS! Having lived overseas for many years the more money the US gives the more we are bad mouthed. Let’s stop any funds for a few years and see how their song will change. The United States cannot be the keeper of the world. Our own lifestyles will go downhill as well with all this debt. Is that what all the bleeding heart liberals want?

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 12:19pm

    This Bill is terrible for the US. Like many others have said, we give the most money to foreign nations that have disasters but we can hardly save our own people during a crisis here. Why is that? We definately do not need the UN to oversee our Military. We are becoming a weak nation with all this political correctness crap. We can’t think for ourselves without some one being offended. We have no one to stand up and get this country back to where it was 20 or 30 years ago. We’ve given up and sent or sold most American made products overseas to countries with cheap labor resulting in lost jobs and homlessness. We need to remember what America used to be and get her back. take care of our own.


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