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 02/28/2008 3:08am

Are you all on crack or something? The US has oppressed peoples from all over the world, and has promoted slave labor and sweatshops so you freaks can by crap at Walmart.

Poverty is real. And its not hitting us here in the US because big corporations want our US labor force to be slaves again.

Shut up. Idiots

lerichards 03/03/2008 5:10am

Dear Sir: The following is a very important concern of mine and others that are having the same experience as myself. I would like it know that this country or any other country cannot survive with such outrageous tactics. Spying, doing harm to Citizens of this great nation is most dangerous to the ongoing of civil liberties. It is most urgent that the Congress of this country take action against such activities. Sincerely, L E Richards
Harm done to U S Citizens

Satellites used by the U S Government for national security is being use for surveillance and harming U S Citizens
The Federal Government has placed in space, for national security reasons Space Stations to observe areas along the coast and throughout the country, thinking that we my be attacked by our enemies. Of course, some individuals in the Government, citizens too, believes that any and all means are necessary to protect and defend the citizens of this Great Nation, and I agree. The thing is, these Satellites can and are being used for seeking out and disrupting individuals from their normal everyday activities. Satellite technology is a dastardly thing to citizens in any country when that technology becomes a controlling factor to those citizens living “the pursuit of happiness’ dream.
I’m not crying out for myself alone. I am convinced others are being affected by the government, being spied upon and done harm. These satellites are affecting many of this country’s citizens, people who have no intention of disrupting the government. People I know and love, are being attacked and penetrated in a harmful way; and, I’m thinking, these citizens are unawares of what’s happening to them, not realizing their infirmity could and are being created by the U S Government Satellites program and their coordinators. I am personally dumbfounded at how many people I know, or had known, have illnesses that could very well be the result of harmful vibrations that originate from satellites.
I’m hoping you aren’t thinking “what an imagination, satellites doing harm to a United States citizen”? Naturally, not having any real proof on my part, I could refer to the News Media, where reports have come out that Satellites are capable of impeding citizens from their normal existence. I’m sure the people of this great nation would like to know if they said something, whether meaningful or off the cuff, with no intention of changing the society in which they live, that they could easily be tormented. Even government employees and elected office members could be under surveillance and done harm, without them even knowing it. Individuals can be located and monitored, in the home, driving a car, even grocery shopping; and, unless the individual becomes concealed and/or are no longer identified, they can be harmed by the U S Government Satellites Program. The End
lawrence Richards law_richards@yahoo.com
7272 landsdale st.
brooksville, fl.

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 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 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.

Anonymous 03/13/2008 3:49pm

The citizens of the U.S. need to elect Senators and Reps. who will address the problems of America and quit devoting all this time, money and energy to the other countries of the World. We cannot afford to support the entire world. We need to take care of America first and if we have anything left over then we can share it with our neighbor. Our elected officials can never figure out how to reduce taxation – their solution is always to apply more taxes to fix the problem. Maybe another TEA Party is in order.

Ike 03/18/2008 6:19am

Truly disappointing. When so many folks lack the basic skills to actually read the simple bill mentioned above and will believe anything they read in a blog…

Anonymous 03/27/2008 12:12pm
Totalitarianism comes in suppository form only. Let us take stock. U.N. control… Money(phonie) going out the door faster than it’s coming in… NO CONFIDENCE in either Dems or Repubs(same DNA)… 300 million poeple in this country and junk in the bailout/ ballot box… RFID chip tech.in our everyhting, dogs, cats, pets of all kinds, kids, horses(go ahead laugh you’ll need them when gas hits $8.00) our foreheads and our shorts… NO WEAPONS We have U.N. troops,and BACKWATER PUKES coming through our front doors. Going payday to payday feeding polititains. I don’t know wheather to stand up, lie done,bend over(again) or just pick the gold out of my own teeth and report to the furnaces. I/we hired these poeple to skipper my Ship of State, and they run her (on pourpose) on the rocks!! WE either have to stand up or go lay down. Where is Mr Jefferson? Mr. Pane? Will Rogers?
Anonymous 03/28/2008 1:45pm

Well… the United Nations did so well, with the poor in DARFUR … what is so wrong with sending into the World Bank another 65 billion a year.. Somebody help me?..isn’t the UN the same people that helped in the ‘oil for food program?’, and on and on… you really think the tax would end in 13 years?… ya.
“Get ‘U.S.’ out of the U.N.- now!”

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 12/11/2008 2:03am

The UN is a communist run organization. We don’t want these dirt bags on American soil. This bill also indends to elminate 2nd ammendment rights – DON’T GO THERE.

Anonymous 05/05/2008 5:19am

The poverty levels in the countries of the world seem never to affect the leaders of those countries. Saddam Hussein didn’t seem to feel the pinch with all his palaces, Mexican politico’s don’t seem to be destitute nor do any other leaders who have populace’s suffering tremendous poverty. Why don’t these people be held accountable and perhaps replaced with leadership who will lead their people to self-sufficiency and out of the grips of poverty? It’s obvious the U. N. is either clueless or rueful of fulfilling this premise so maybe a new world agency needs to be developed that will address the real causes of world poverty.

Anonymous 05/12/2008 5:28am

Looks like bill this is following the UN lead; as usual to nowhere. When there are governments that prevent economic progress in their country, why should we help that government stay in power? Picture Zimbabwe, the former breadbasket of Africa, where the people are starving under a tyrant’s misrule. Better that we send the people weapons and food if we really believe in helping humanity in such countries lift themselves up from poverty, establish representative government and the rule of law.

That sounds cruel, but since oppressive governments are don’t seem to fall easily without outside force being applied and when they are in effect propped up by international aid, why help them remain in power. Is that being a humanitarian? When we do intervene over human rights, as in Somalia, those very people who cry for helping the people abandon our efforts when Americans are placed in danger and killed. Are humanitarians risk aversive when help can be given to make permanent changes in a country or do the NGOs want “job” security?

I also laugh at this attempt by Senator Obama since he apparently will not help his grandmother in Kenya; she lives without running water nor electricity and is a women he honors as he said in his March 8, 2008 International Women’s Day message. No personal responsibility here. So instead he initiates a bill that will send my money via taxes instead of his money when he and his wife had a $4.24 million gross income in 2007; but he has no problem with supporting his vile, anti-American minister to the tune of $26,000.

Senator Obama seems a bit to hypocritical to me and also to darn free with American’s tax money.

Anonymous 05/16/2008 1:23pm

What in reality our government is doing in abstensia is sticking their hands in our pockets anytime they wish and take money that doesn’t belong to anyone but ourselves.

I ask anyone in favor of this proposal what they would do if “I” walked up to them and stuck my hand in their pocket and took their money without asking for permission….It would be the very same thing as what the governement does.

It’s one thing for our government to be charitable, but when they want hundreds of millions or billions more of our dollars to send overseas, they should request it by putting it up for voter referendum and let voters decide whether they approve of the proposal instead of a “don’t even ask the voters, theft by taxation.”

If U S taxpayers had no more to worry about than the federal government taxing them such issues as additional monies for foreign aid wouldn’t be that much of a problem. But….

…the problem is all the other taxes collected from U S Citizens at the state, county, and local levels of government.

Some of the more populous states like New York, Texas and California have as many as 54 separate OVERT taxing agencies, not to mention all the hidden taxes collected through utility companies, the telephone/cable/satellite organizations.

Are we men and women and put an end to legalized theft by government or are we squeaky teeny mice that are going to continue to run in fear of govenment and hide in our little holes….those my friends and fellow citizens are the questions.

Anonymous 11/18/2008 11:07am

This will lead to unmitigated hell for the US taxpayers

PlusSigma 05/22/2008 10:30am

The U.S. is at a point where its own economy (not to mention security) is hugely and possibly permanently endangered, both because of energy dependence and budget shortfalls. As we cannot afford to be the world’s policeman, we also cannot afford to be the world’s sugar daddy. This is a wrongheaded Bill that should be defeated and deleted.

Anonymous 06/05/2008 4:28pm

Cut world hunger in half:


This all started with Clinton and his feed the world. It’s cost 100s of billions and they just need more. Find another country.

Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:14pm

It’s a global tax like the British and the carbon credits.

Double farm production by US paying their farmers! By 2030. Thats only 12 years of payments, better than the ones we have to 2050.


Anonymous 06/10/2008 4:43am

Obama’s oil windfall profit tax from Carter. Global poverty tax money.

Ike 02/22/2008 11:50am

Just when I thought this nation couldn’t be dumbed down any more…

Did anyone click the links and actually read the bills? There is nothing — repeat nothing — in that bill that calls for spending of a dime. Our foreign aid is budgeted and appropriated every year and very littel goes to Africa. There is also nothing in the bill that directs the suspension of the 2nd amendment, kicking puppies, drowning helpless kittens, killing the “unborn” or (unfortunately) believing everything a paid propagandist tells you.

The US agreed to the Millennium Development Goals before Obama came to the senate and your President has been implementing our end of what we agreed to in 2000. Are we doing it for altruistic reasons? Hardly, and most of our foreign aid never leaves this country. It goes into deep corporate pockets, but that’s another story. Your prez knows Africa is about 50% Muslim and that poverty breeds nasty people who kill us. He has said that repeatedly and has tripled aid to Africa since taking office. He did it without help from Obama… Go figure.

BTW, we’re halfway to the Millennium target of 2015 and how much aid have we given Africa, the 2nd largest continent with a population of 1 billion? I think we’re up to about $27 billion or a fraction of what we’ve given to Israel… Whoooo hooo! That’s about 27 bux per person (or 1/6th of what we hand out in corporate welfare every years) so that will sure stop poverty in its tracks. Do some homework people.

As for Obama driving the “socialist” (???) “Global Tax” train, the bill was introduced by Rep Adam Smith in the HR almost a year ago and passed unanimously (because it doesn’t mandate spending a dime and it makes us feel good). Obama (and Hagel and Cantwell who aren’t mentioned in news for dummies) is simply introducing the bill in the Senate.

If you’ll notice, this isn’t new news at all and has been in the works for some time. Mr Cliff Kincaid is behind the endless carp you’re reading and if you Google him you’ll find that he is a right wing hack funded by R.M. Scaife, another POS. He targets the tinfoil hat crowd. :/

Shavager 09/16/2008 8:53pm

Obama is the PIED PIPER of socialism, take from those with the greater ability and give to those with the greater need. Communism 101 and he’s a proponent. He wants to give the U.N. the 845 billion with S.2344 and also proposed the Citizenshp Promotion Act S.795 which will cost us 80 million to advertise to aliens to sign up for taxpayer funded English classes, education and citizenship classes, provide legal assistance for citizenship and right to vote. I’ve been a reg. Democrat for 30yrs, but I say vote for HERO over ZERObama! For STRAIGHT TALK over JIVE TALK! Vote McCain/Palin and keep this baby Robt. Mugabe out of the White House

ABNU 02/19/2008 10:42am

Response to:
“That would be unconstitutional as Senator Obama knows as he was a Constitutional Lawyer at Univ of Chicago Law School for ten years.”

obama, as far as I can tell, is a socialist. our constitution is somewhat of a non-sequitur if not a antithesis to a socialist point of view. it certainly has no effect nor meaning should a president (with the support of the other 2 branches of government) choose to ignore it; that is to say, there is no law that says ‘government’ cannot pass laws that may (later) be found to be unconstitutional. We will suffer years under an unconstitutional law, yet no one will go to jail, and no fines will be levied; the constitution it is said, “has no teeth”.

What remains is a question of Obama’s intellectual honesty and existential dedication to the spirit of the constitution. And again I disagree that Obama ‘cares’ about the constitution. For example, he wants more gun laws but promises that they won’t impinge on the rights of ‘hunters’ (that old saw). The truth is, the right to own a gun is was specified as a tacit agreement that the government should fear the citizenry; the citizenry would remain armed such that they could fend off an ‘out of control government’. When people mention that, the “true” reason for the 2nd amendment, ‘we’ call them crazy. I agree that the practicality of a violent revolution in the US, small arms and semi-automatic weapons vs. the modern might of the US military is in fact, absurd.

However, the principle is very sound and necessary, and a constitution expert would certainly know it has nothing to do with hunting. Only a demagogue or one of their idiot followers would believe that even the concept of self defense against government is futile and counterproductive because a (US) socialist government is benevolent and fair (now who sounds crazy?). Yet that belief is the guiding principle of (US) socialism, which explains why in spite of Obama’s years as a constitutionalist, the principal purport of most if not all of his legislation is unconstitutional (or at least contrary to its philosophy) and socialist in nature. Obama and Hillary agree, only government can bring good things; the constitution often gets in their way. Yes, he ‘knows’ the constitution, but only because he needs to be able to circumnavigate it, not because he wants to abide by it.

ABNU (anonymous but not unknown)

PS Sorry this is so long, I’m trying to get a blog at
but they don’t seem to be able to get off the ground. See? I’m trying to volunteer and lead by example!

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 02/17/2008 4:10pm

So “Shall” means that if you want a wall painted red you Shall let the Painter decided the best strategy of getting the paint applied to the wall and in your mind that is somehow being misconstrued by us “common folk”.

I think you miss everyones point in the that America doesn’t want the red paint on the wall.

Or maybe that Obama has a Job in which HE is supposed to set goals for america NOW as a Senator not make us reach other countries Goals ahead of our own.

Creating equality by bringing the wealthy down to the poverty line is not something even the poor of America want.

Taxing my employer to the point he has no profit doesn’t exactly make my job secure. Sure you will lower my taxes only because I will be unemployed and have to pay less taxes.

I mix the tax debate into this because these Senators just happen to be the ones who want to tax companies into a “balanced budget” situation with an extra 3/4 trillion dollars of spending in just this one bill.

Ooops did we forget to mention that in our television ad or youtube spots.

BigBull 12/04/2008 6:39am

I have no faith in the UN who continues to use our money, personnel, facilities, and materials and then kick us in the face.

Anonymous 11/14/2008 5:43am

From a Native American living on the Navajo Nation:
I am glad to see that all that your forefathers fought and scarificed for crumbling before your eyes….the content of the emails is ample proof enough. United States barely going get past a couple hundred years before she is brought down from within. The Navajo Nation on a military reservation (not Indian Reservation) is still living under treaty conditions is ample proof that these institutions you call your home/lifestyle will fall because of the way you treat humans within your own borders let alone the world. Your founding fathers spelled it out perfectly for you:…..“The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.”
Benjamin Franklin.

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President

Any time a World Bank or IMF have anything to do with your money you will be brought into slavery at a level you will understand…..to have them even mentioned in the Bill is a clear sign that they will reap untold profits from the mere fact that you are going to let them in the door. US monetary system is in the flux it is in because of what Thomas Jefferson has said. So their you have it…I am quite sure our people will still be here long after you have destroyed yourselfs. I wouldnt hope for such things but given the remarks in this disscussion of this Bill the sooner you do it to yourselfs the better.

Anonymous 09/18/2008 8:12pm

I feel bad for people starving in other counties but am not sure how to help them. We sent food aid to the philipines, haiti, ethiopia and many other countries we sent them free food but allowed their governments to sell the food to make money for the governments, the governments sold the food at lower prices then local farmers and ranchers could afford to produce food so that put them out of business which has increased their need for aid. So in trying to help we made things worse so now they need more help. I do not know what the answer is. By giving food to people we have made it so that the people in those countries that produced food can no longer afford to produce food and now have to buy food from there governments. The governments get the food free but now that there is no local production they can charge more for the food.

It may be a ingenious strategy to make it so that these countries can no longer feed them selves with out our help but the idea of using food as a weapon seems unethical to me. me.

GeorgeMacidy 09/19/2008 10:42pm
Is this the “change and Hope” that we can count on? I was very, very very angry when I read this bill. I cannot believe…the …Audacity…To put everyone else first…before your own country…when Americans are out of jobs, When Americans are losing their homes…What about us?!?!?! G
Anonymous 12/02/2008 10:45am

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

Anonymous 07/31/2008 12:29pm

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates from
U.S. Global Leadership Campaign Tribute Dinner on July 15, 2008

“It has become clear that America’s civilian institutions of diplomacy and development have been chronically undermanned and underfunded for far too long – relative to what we traditionally spend on the military, and more important, relative to the responsibilities and challenges our nation has around the world.”

“I cannot pretend to know the right dollar amount – I know it’s a good deal more than the one percent of the federal budget that it is right now. But the budgets we are talking about are relatively small compared to the rest of the government, steep increase of these capabilities is well within reach – as long as there is the political will and wisdom to do it.”

“And, for the first time in a long time, I sense real bipartisan support in Congress for strengthening the civilian foreign affairs budget.”

FIRST: this bill appropriates NO NEW MONEY

SECOND: combating conditions that fuel terrorism is HELPING AMERICA FIRST.

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