Some of Obama’s Ideas

This bit about his tax proposal:

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.

Given that this is a GOP activist oriented site, I should link to the actual bill as well.  I’m not in favor at all of tying spending to GDP levels.  Spending on foreign aid should be geared toward our national and international interests.  I don’t see any reason to do something like this. The article also points out, this is part of the UN Millennium Development Goal, which also includes restricting small arms and light weapons.  This bill doesn’t implement that, but it does call into question what other parts of the UNMDG Obama likes.

One Response to “Some of Obama’s Ideas”

  1. Noops says:

    I agree that it’s a mistake to tie this to GDP levels. I think we need to focus those dollars on much better stakes like Universal Healthcare.

    That was a joke.

    Really, the dollars need to go to core economic infrastructural issues or support issues (read trade deficit, military benefits, etc.).