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 01/03/2009 6:13pm
in reply to Anonymous Dec 14, 2008 7:38am

You need to seek professional help immediately! Someone has really screwed with what little mind you have because you have no knowledge whatsoever about Christians or just about any other religion. You comments are only applicable to radical religions like Islam.

Anonymous 12/12/2008 5:17pm
in reply to Anonymous Dec 05, 2008 2:35am

Um, he’s Mormon, not Christian.

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.

gaymac 11/28/2008 11:53am

I agree charity should begin at home, Would these people care about us ?
Most of these starving over populated countries just need birth control, Sterlization and abortion, that would slow down the over population, and help them take care of their selves. Our government needs to first care for the country threy were elected to protect

Anonymous 05/24/2008 5:37am

WHAT IS MEMORIAL DAY?

My years whirl past me. Swirling. Dry, broken grass hovering in a
spring breeze. Can I remember my experiences in war? Hardly. Fighting
for my country, my youth invested, seems such a long time ago, and so
unimportant. The calendar this year marks Memorial Day on the 30th of
May,2008. Have I lost something? The traditional Memorial Day, also known
as Decoration Day, is on the 30th of May. This observed Memorial Day on May
29th coincidentally allows for a national three day holiday. Such is
commercialism’s capitalistic American display. But why do I feel so
stricken, like I have abandoned old friends from long ago? Their ghosts
consort with my floating years, and their spirits coast around my presence.
Another three day holiday! Memorial Day! Maybe me and the kids can go
camping? Or, to the beach? Memorial Day is fun! This is the
inconsiderate, thoughtless approach to this meaningful, and consecrated
moment representing one three hundred and sixty-fifth of our year. What is
the meaning of Memorial Day? Is it merely a three day escape from our
worldly duties? Or, is it the official beginning of summer? Is selling
more hot dogs at the ballpark the overriding clarification? Many souls,
sacrificed in war, in duty to America, are wandering. They drift in a
heavenly place, minus their future here upon earth. Tomorrows were forfeited.
Given up so our nation would invigorate free souls, aspire them to
freedom, and justly allow their lives lived as they prefer. Raising
offspring above restrictions, as they desire. Those lost lives giving we,
the living, what we want freely. Those are the souls we respect on Memorial
Day. This means it is a sacred day. Without retrospect, sacrifice is
mute. Old Glory does not wave by accident. It flutters in the spring air
revealing honor. The color red represents the blood bloom from those who
fell, those who clawed, those who cried in horrible pain. Those who died
fast. And, those who died ever so slowly. They did their duty. When I see
Old Glory waving on a sunny, end of May day, the pigment red gushes from
millions of souls, floating, not with us, anymore. They are amongst our
heroes, cajoling with angels with their champions, conquerors and
commanders. Friends and loved ones gather, over the rave, witness to those
who gave more than anyone should be required to relinquish. They did not
want to yield. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and when the
moment harshly struck them their fatal blow, they cried for their mother, or
their friend. Then there
were those, many of those, who knew exactly what they were giving. They
moved forward knowingly. They lost their lives so their mission would be
accomplished. Fools! Some intellects can say that. One would have to be
an imbecile to give up life, no matter what the cause. For a flag? Futile!
For a country! More pointless! For freedom! What freedom is there in
mortality? Yes, fools they may have been, but their numbers add up in an
awesome display of American loss! Veterans’ Cemeteries, white badges
sailing row after row after row upon green grass, almost never ending,
creeping onto the horizon. Constant reminders of the devastation of our
human treasure. Mothers’ tears, enough to fill an ocean to overflow.
Sweethearts, broken hearted, reading telegrams. Sons and daughters, many
unborn, wakening at birth to a devastated family suffering from a victim of
war there no more. And what does all this macabre math equal? Memorial Day
is the correct answer. Few Americans know a person who died in war.
Their family trees have lost some leaves, falling as they fought in one of
America’s wars, or discarded in the peacetime military. We are a busy
people. We have business to capture. Our kids are in school. We have
chores. Mundane, or surrealistic. We are a spirited society, seeking
applications to improve ourselves and our communities. We are a helpful
populace, always there when the going gets tough to help those who have
suffered the tragedies of nature, whether a hurricane or a famine.
Americans are always the first on the scene worldwide bearing their gifts of
human spirit and abundance. This is why it is so puzzling that the meaning
of Memorial Day seems to lack substance to many of our own people. Even
with the day itself. Put back to accommodate a holiday schedule fixed by
some organism no one knows, yet powerful enough to do so, the day itself
lacks consequence to too many. Many who never knew a person who died in
service to America are wrought with the invisible pain of not feeling for
those who do. Americans take things for granted. We have so much. So
very much. Endless choices. These options are not available worldwide. Our
shelves are full. Unlike many in other nations of the world. So many are
empty or offer very limited selections. Those American fighting men and
women killed in battle whose souls are floating actually made available
these wondrous choices we have every day of our American lives. Yet, most
of our youngsters have no idea whatsoever what this means. They don’t learn
this in school. We must teach them. For without knowledge, they may end up
thinking, or believing, all these marvelous selections came without
circumstance. Minus anything. Equaling no meaning.
Our nation needs to halt and perceive the flags and flowers on our
Veterans graves on this consecrated holiday. We need to lift a common
voice of adoration to those floating spirits of our onetime American
Warriors, and extol them with a salutation. We have not come that far with
our technological miracles of this millennium to become crass. We still
need respect. Our backs can not turn from formality. Our eyes can not look
away from custom. Our voices must not resonate in silence against honor and
glory. To do so will leave us hollow, only to fill us with that which is
desolate and lacking potential. This is not the true meaning of Memorial
Day. The heartfelt significance requires reminding. Story telling. Wisdom
being passed on from our Veterans to our younger generations. An
interpretation certified by those who remember the horrors of war. Without
this core, our society can not remain genuine. It becomes contemptible. It
rots from within. These floating souls of our lost American Warriors are a
powerful force, for they live within our hearts. They constantly seek
justification for their contributions, and they are real within us. Such is
what our American substance stands for, where character is developed,
individually is guaranteed, and a community, a nation, survives.
America enters the 21st Century as the most powerful entity
humankind has ever experienced. America permeates this next century with
vast responsibilities. Our children must bear this promise. We can not
turn our backs on these bygone descendants, nor can we do so upon
ourselves. Memorial Day offers us the opportunity to express a moment of
solitude where each of us can personify in our own way what we feel. I
only speak for my myself, as one who has bared his soul to the dread of
war. So my father did, and his father’s father before him, and their souls
float amongst the multitudes. My mother and her mother held their Veterans
after they returned from war, tears streaming down their cheeks in gratitude
for their safe return. And there were those in my ancestry who did not
return from war. And their mothers’ tears soaked the pillows on beds for
generations to sleep upon. Their souls are the dreams that drift amongst
the floating, gathering at the end of May in the breeze of summer’s coming,
in the cool glass of lemonade at the child’s street side stand, in the
cheers at the ball game from the crowd rooting their team to victory and
enjoying the best hot dogs in the world. Let us all stop for a moment,
whether it is on the traditional day, or the observed Memorial Day, or even
at the end of May, and reach for those floating souls. Let us reveal to
them how much we cherish their sacrifice for our free people. Let these
memories harvest our recognition of the meaning of Memorial Day in a very
simple word. And let that word, simply stated be: THANKS!!!

Anonymous 02/27/2008 12:18pm

Better yet, google: Bayer UN AIDS

bcleland2 02/26/2008 7:31am

Seems we never learn. Spending poverty into oblivion has NEVER worked.
Until our government is able to achieve a budget surplus while meeting all of its Constitutional duties, it can not be trusted to fix problems in other countries (which is NOT a Constitutional duty).

CVAZMOM 03/15/2008 1:50pm

This bill is not constitutional. America can only “fix” the world by example. Right now, we need a hellofa lot of fixin ourselves!

Anonymous 02/24/2009 10:56am

We have the best government (crooks) money can buy.

Anonymous 12/01/2008 4:35am

Mark Twain said Foreign Aid is when money from poor people in rich countries goes to rich people in poor countries. We have sent money to Africa thru foreign aid and charities for as long as I can remember. Do you see any difference in their poor?

randy 02/26/2008 12:47pm

Who the hell do these people think they are ? Everyone of them should thank God that they have the job they have because if they keep trying to push crap like “bill 2433” over on the American people who pay them , I believe we will have to start getting rid of all incumbents especially the ones who refuse to live by our Constitution . Do they think we are asleep? They wounder why we don’t send contributions to support their Socialist Agendas! We are watching and for now we can vote your ass’es out ! Wake Up America !

Anonymous 12/02/2008 9:10am
in reply to Anonymous Nov 13, 2008 4:48am

um, they have your IP address now. I’d be careful saying too much or they might come for you and put you away thanx to the home grown terrorism act.
yep, now you can be charged for
’thought crimes"

Kojack 02/07/2009 4:10pm

We are sick of taking care of everyplace in the world but our place. I refuse to say “Homeland” as that’s not an American term.

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Anonymous 02/26/2008 5:44am

The good news is, with the dollar’s continuous drop in value against foreign currencies, the goal of this bill will be easily achieved.

Anonymous 02/23/2008 6:48am

The wording that doesn’t say GDP/GNP INCOME TAX is there to distribute the money and make sure wiavers can be put in place for countries that have US or UN sanctions in place. For example, a military coup ends the democratic government of a country that is in Iraq and all forms of US and UN aid are cut off but election reform. The President no longer has to issue a waiver for funds under national security, but can have the Secretary of State issue a waiver for funds under security concerns using the State Department special account set up for funding in country and waived sanctions to keep the money going to the country around sanctions. This is how Peace Corps is funded in countries like Fiji, Thailand, Philippines, etc. and all other funding is cut off due to sanctions. The GDP/GNP INCOME TAX funds could get the same type of wiavers from the Secretary of State, not the President, for countries that are deemed needy of the funding regardless of US or UN sanctions, like Peace Corps.

The wording is there to make sure the GDP/GNP INCOME TAX is not cut off to countries under sanctions.

Anonymous 03/04/2008 10:09am

Reading the comments above makes me sad to be American. I am for a version of America that cares about the rest of the world. To the person who said, “But not before we fix our own house.” Should you really be fixing your house when other people don’t have one? Justice is not something that extends only to our own borders.

Anonymous 05/14/2008 6:11am
in reply to InGodWeTrust Feb 22, 2008 2:41pm

I agree with about being taxed to death.

With a three TRILLION dollar budget our highways, streets “AND POT HOLES” should be paved in GOLD.

Who’s kidding who republicans and democrats…both parties aren’t just irresponsible thieves, they are obscenely INSANE!

Anonymous 08/07/2008 11:19am

how come noble republicans advocate the “liberation” of the Iraqis from pain of dictatorship, costing over a trillion dollars. This was OUR MORAL IMPERATIVE. but then, a bill that would cost only a million dollars to implement (congressional budget office—-non partisian) to releive the pain of millions of impoverished people around the world is SOMEHOW WASTEFUL? WHAT?

People this is how we can lead the worlds stage, and get our bang for our buck.

dnallen88 02/27/2008 6:45am

The time has come for the United States to focus in its own citizens. The government should not put the welfare of global citizens before its own. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow, and an increasing number of families are without healthcare. The United States cannot expect to remain economically strong while constantly playing “mother” to the world. Also I feel that the United States has violated the liberties of other nations in the name of welfare.

jredd2 02/29/2008 5:05am

I have read the bill and believe that it is NOT the responsibility of the US to support the world. We have enough problems just feeding the people who need it in our own country. If this is the kind of person that wants to be president, we have a serious problem!

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Anonymous 08/08/2008 5:05am

You obviously didn’t read it either. I quote “(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.”

Anonymous 09/06/2008 6:23am

When are we ever going to learn that we can’t buy friends. History has proven that all of the money we have ever sent to help the poor ends up into the pockets of the corrupt people that run those countries, and the people of those countries never even know that we have sent it because the crooks in those countries run the media also.

I am not against helping the people but we need to find a better way to help rather than making millionaires or billionaires out of a few corrupt heads of state and their cronies.

What we really need is a grass roots movement to get the crooks and the ego maniacs out of Washington DC.

As for Barack Obama, it is very scary to me that a large percentage of this country does not seem to care that he has held these relationships with these radicals against America for so long and had his Harvard Education financed by Saudi’s. Exactly which country does he love and who is he really working for?

JK in Montana

Anonymous 02/29/2008 3:43pm

He probably would like this law on the books so if he becomes President, it will give him a legitimate basis to start doling out our money to other countries … that is, more than we already are doling! How could anyone vote for someone who cares so little for the people of this country who are striving every day to get by? And, he is one that will push amnesty for the illegal aliens so we can have even more in poverty within our country.

Anonymous 12/03/2008 9:18am

So how about we do what Government was designed for, protect our borders, stay out of my business and ne business of others, and let me manage my life as needed. UN, unneeded, oh United Nations, sorry, So when we fund them as well as the rest of the world, am I going to be able to get to work on a Horse or in a car. Depends on how bad the prices get at the pump. This Debate should not even be taking place. I do not want or need the Government to come and tell me how to live. You have to have morals to be a leader and a head of house hold not a neverending line of credit that is crap anyhow.Also I could care less what France has, if you like it so much move there live there and stay there, more room for people with insite on US soil them out site tering the inside apart. LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!!! plane and simple. And here is a fact for the one who likes to try and belittle people with words: The resion that some people can not dual or debate with there minds is that the Government would rather have a bunch of souless zombies (uneducated people) in there grasp as apposed to some one that thrives on education. And clinton started that with his administration. education has gone no were but down, all around the country. so here is the fix, get rid of this bill and you want a debate, debate this, .7 of all tax revinue that the US Gov. gets in US goes back to the public schools in america, people that would rather compare US to another nation and see were we lack then cool don’t bitch about it, come up with a solution and fix it.again if you want us to be France move there I will by you the Boat ride over. If you like the UN go live in a UN controlled Government.

Anonymous 09/29/2008 8:06am

Where is this money coming from? We are almost $13 Trillion Dollars in ourselves and we are going to try to eliminate povert in Africa. How about Nigeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq taking care of their neighbors in Africa and Asia. Where in our Constitution and when did we as the American people agree to solve world poverty? Also I would like to know all the contributions the rest of the world has forwarded to the US to help us out with 9-11, Katrina and IKE!

Anonymous 06/01/2008 3:13am

Global Development Matters

http://www.globaldevelopmentmatters.org/how-can-i-help.asp

Greatly considered in the food price problem and illustrious Congress and Democrats. The capital organization works for the freedom loving peoples of the world and fantastically launches programs to stop poverty. Wonderfully helping the pregnant countries. Gravid divining the saving of lives of and asserting what they know is best for the meek and unassuming shamed poor of the world.

The comment is for the good Americans, Democrats and Open Congress. Accept it for what it is and just a deferential and submissive foreigner learning from dignified and noble America. If it is deleted, I’m sure Open Congress knows what is best for these baseborn and simple people.

Anonymous 03/05/2008 6:15am
in reply to kbone3 Mar 05, 2008 4:31am

kbone3: I’m not saying things aren’t bad here. I just don’t think helping foreign countries is at odds with helping ourselves. We can make things better here, and be good global citizens.

What you say is correct that other countries do not help us with our poverty problem. This is because we are lucky enough not to have the kind of poverty that this bill is seeking to address. (Other countries do, however, “help us.” The economic stimulus package that we have just voted to approve is going to be funded by loans from China. )

Moreover, we are not talking about helping other countries out when their citizens are losing their homes—which is what your comment seems to imply. We are talking about helping out people who don’t have enough to eat, let alone spent any money whatsoever on shelter of any kind (forget renting in even the most meager circumstances). These people are living in fields of reinforced cardboard boxes. To compare your circumstances (losing your home) to theirs (working all day and still not being able to feed your kid, let alone provide shelter for your family) is ludicrous and insulting to these people.

We will vote the Democrats into office, and things will get better here. But they will still be the same elsewhere in the world.

Anonymous 12/02/2008 10:45am

Glen Beck???? LOLOLOLO
The man’s an idiot….LOLOLO


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