Obama’s Global Poverty Act Misrepresented

“President Obama Signs $8500.00 Per Household Tax Into Law: Funds To Go To The United Nations To Combat Global Poverty!”

Or so an email I received from my Dad would have you believe. I get a pretty constant stream of conservative-written forwards, which I actually like because it gives me the opportunity to call attention to any incorrect information.

In the email, Obama’s Global Poverty Act is proclaimed to commit the U.S. to sending 0.7% of its GNP to the U.N., equivalent to $845 billion more than current foreign aid spending. It’s likened to a global tax.

Here are some other quotes:

“Barack Hussein Obama’s Global Poverty Act will commit us to a stealth United Nations-inspired global tax of $845 Billion dollars…”

“…dedicates 0.7 percent of the U.S. gross national product to foreign aid, which… would amount to $845 billion ‘over and above what the U.S. already spends.”

When you see Obama referred to as “Barack Hussein Obama,” I think it’s safe to assume what you’re reading is fairly biased.

This particular email is a rare breed. Since its content hasn’t been aired by any prominent media, you won’t find any real sources if you search for “obama global poverty act.” It isn’t until the fourth page of results that you get any perspective.

The bill does not:

  • impose a tax
  • recommend contributions to the U.N.
  • commit any funding to fighting poverty

The bill does recommend:

  • leveraging trade policy to help developing nations
  • improving the effectiveness of development assistance
  • coordinating poverty reduction goals with other development goals
  • continued participation in U.S.-led programs related to poverty (eg. HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis prevention)
  • integrating principles of sustainable development and entrepreneurship into policies and programs

The bill is pretty benign. It requires the President to submit his plan to reduce poverty within one year of passage. The goal is to promote policy that reduces the number of people worldwide who live on less than $1 a day by half. (Go inflation!)

All that’s required is a statement of the plan. The plan can be anything, whether it’s doing nothing beyond current efforts, defining poverty goals for existing programs, coordinating with other countries to lower trade barriers, or adjusting aid to be directed more toward teaching to fish instead of giving fish.

This bill is nothing like the people who authored this email would have you believe, and you won’t get the facts anywhere in the first three pages of Google results.

If you receive this email, please reply to all with a link to this post.

The full text of S. 2433: Global Poverty Act of 2007 can be found here.

7 thoughts on “Obama’s Global Poverty Act Misrepresented”

  1. Why don’t you look it up and read it…. it IS $845B to the UN. Why don’t we stop ALL foreign aid, bring ALL our troops home (Germany, Japan, S Korea included) and FIX our country? Do you think it’s coincidence that Obama is related to Cheney, is related to Bush, is related to ALL US Presidents and British Royalty? Blue Bloods have owned (pwnd) us for long enough. Ron Paul is the only working class, patriotic, from the US for the US option that we have. Make the smart choice, not what the media tells you. Notice they lied about Iraq, etc… They always do… Do the right thing.

  2. That is 100% incorrect. The Global Poverty Act doesn’t commit the U.S. to any spending, whether directly to foreign countries or through the U.N.

    Please read the full text of the bill and see for yourself.

    I’m a Ron Paul supporter too, but I don’t like seeing misinformation spread.

  3. the un report 2007 at the halfway point says that countries have to step up to the agreed on goal of .7% gnp.so says the un sec gen. g8 agreed to double their aid. the act imposes no new taxes as such., but requires a plan. i’m the conservative source of these feeds . we need to keep the facts straight and not go off half cocked in either direction.by the way , gas is up all around the world. truckers in turkey are striking because of $11 a gallon. its a global market and our dollar is worth 40% less we don’t exist in only our own little world

  4. The real meat and potatoes of Obama’s Global Poverty Act is NOT benign. I hands over our sovereignty to the United Nations, allows our country to be policed by UN troops, and places a ban on small arms.. good bye 2nd Amendment.

    If you love America, you should be opposed to this bill. Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.. He is the Eletists’ choice for the President. If you are a Democrat, and you believe this election was a political win, you are severely mistaken.. Obama is going to finish what Bush started. In 2009 he will declare martial law. You dems thought you were voting for the good guy, but you voted for a trojan horse (manchurian) candidate. This election was rigged just like the last two elections. Only difference is that the neo-cons and elitists knew very well that American would not vote for another Republican after 8 years of Bush, so they created a neo-lib candidate years ago, prepared him for this election, and most of you fell for it.. McCain was never meant to win this election. He was a shill for this election the way Gore and Kerry were shills for the last two elections. Difference is they wanted to make this election look legitimate; there was already a lot of excitement backing Obama, so they had McCain select the least likely candidate in Palin – a political bomb, to ensure that the election looked like a landslide, so they wouldn’t have to rig the ballots to prevent arguments from either side.

    The reason too, why they waited until the last minute to select Obama at the DNC, was so that the losing Hillary supporters, would give-in to backing their party, without having the time or energy to research the shady history of Obama. Why did he write two auto-biographical books before he was a somebody? This was engineered . Why does his “house-wife” Michelle, sit on the Council for Foreign Relations- no body who is a nobody, sits on the Council For Foreign Relations.. The worst is yet to come.

  5. You obviously haven’t read the bill. There’s a link to it at the bottom of my post.

    You can speculate all you want about Obama’s political agenda, but the text of the bill is crystal clear and doesn’t include any of what you mentioned.

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