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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Obama's $845 billion for Global Poverty bill? Call your Senator NOW!

Legislation, TAXES, U.S. Sovereignty

Oh, I am getting so tired of all this watchdogging, calling, and emailing our officials, but the alternative is to let these bad bills pass. This one is not just about a huge amount of money; our national sovereignty is at stake.

For those of you who think Barack Obama does not have much of a record to run on, his Global Poverty Act bill ought to tell you a lot about this young senator.

Vicki McKenna cued her listeners into this unbelievable bill yesterday. (She really does have a nose for news!) She explained, The Global Poverty Act takes .7% of our G.D.P. and sends it to the UN to fight global poverty. She also reminded us that the UN is not a very efficient charity and only sends out about 5 cents from every dollar received--not to mention their bad track record on plans such as Oil for Food.

This estimated $845 billion dollars, the .7% of our G.D.P., is in addition to what we already send for foreign aid. This new bill would add up to $1,000,000,000,000 over 15 years. (That is trillion with a T) But the money is the least of our concerns.

Think we don't have to worry about this bill? It will never pass?

Think again.

It already passed the House! According to Glenn Beck, "it already has passed the House mainly because people didn't read it. "

Read the entire Glenn Beck posting. It's chock full of important things to consider before casting your vote for President like: UN Rights of the Child, Kyoto protocol, Convention on Biological Diversity, and spending $210 billion for, in essence, a new kind of WPA project.

This Senate bill 2433 sounds so outrageous, you might think it is an Urban Legend. Sadly, it is not.

Family Research Council posted this: (Direct link unavailable, emphasis added. No, I am not for Huckabee.)

"Less than a day after the President agreed to put more money in taxpayers' pockets, the U.S. Senate is attempting to take some of those dollars back. The Global Poverty Act, while seemingly charitable and big-hearted, sounds nicer than it really is... 

"...In addition to surrendering more dollars, the U.S. would also be required to surrender some of its own sovereignty over foreign aid by putting it under UN control. The bill would force the U.S. to sign onto the U.N.'s Millennium Declaration, which would commit us not only to "banning small arms and light weapons," but also to ratifying a series of objectionable treaties such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Kyoto Protocol (global warming), the Convention on Biological Diversity, and so on. Considering the magnitude of the legislation, one would think that the Senate would proceed with caution. Not so!...

That posting concluded with: "Unreal. If that does not scare you, I don't know what will. Take action to stop this bill now." 

I couldn't agree more. 

Our own dear Senator Russ Feingold was a cosponsor too, but call or email his office anyway. 

This bill was steamrolled through the Senate committee without hearings. 


Contact our Senators: (IF you know people in other states, tell them to contact their Senators too.)

Kohl Contact page: http://kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html   Phone: (202) 224-5653, (414) 297-4451

Feingold  senator@feingold.senate.gov  Phone: (414) 276-7282, (202) 224-5323

Tell them to oppose S.2433, The Global Poverty Act of 2007

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