An organization calling itself ONE.org is in the process of inundating Congress with requests to increase the International Affairs budget from 3.9 billion to 39.8 billion. The organization says it is the biggest increase in recent history.
What, pray tell, will all these extra billions do for the working Man and Woman? Oh nothing.
The initiative is pointed squarely at the "poor" - They are working to get 60 senators in the next 6 days to support $39.8 billion for the international affairs budget -- $3.9 billion over last year's international affairs budget -- the biggest increase in recent history.
From their website: "For months you've been pushing Congress to fund the fight against poverty [big government enabling ignorance[ in 2008. And now we are days away from securing $39.8 billion - $3.9 billion over last year's international affairs budget - the largest increase in recent history.
Six senators, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Gordon Smith (R-OR), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), and Norm Coleman (R-MN), are taking the lead by writing a letter encouraging their colleagues in the Senate to support this critical funding. Please take a minute to ask your senator to sign on.
The international affairs budget contains almost all the funding America devotes to poverty focused development assistance - the money that so directly translates into lives saved and countries transformed [oh yea? exactly HOW?!?!]. It's not a band-aid for extreme poverty, it's smart aid that attacks it at its roots. [Yea right!]
By contributing our share to this type of funding, in partnership with other nations, we can put 77 million children in school and save 16,000 lives a day by combating AIDS, TB, and Malaria. You scored an important victory in March when you convinced the Senate to agree to put $39.8 into the budget. Now they need to translate the budget into real dollars. The Senate Appropriations Committee leadership does just that. They write the check. Write your senators urging them to allocate $39.8 billion at this critical year ago ONE members mobilized around a very similar letter and 52 Senators signed on in support. ~~ Josh Peck[er], ONE.org "
Unreal. As if we don't have enough "programs" for the poor - now the Democrats are looking for anyway to dig deeper into our pockets. Bush just gave Africa $50 billion dollars! Isn't that enough to combat the "AIDS
Bush is behind this "push" with the other Senators leading point because GW is buying their support. The bill is more of a funding operation for State Department activities but some of the money will be leveraged into Iraq and Afghanistan.
Contact your Senator TODAY to let him/her know that the IAB initiative is unacceptable. Keep our money here at home and not overseas supporting, and encouraging, poverty.
Condi Rice's testimony in support of this initiative.
State Department information page