From the February 2008 Idaho Observer:
Obama’s Global Poverty Act
S2433, the "Global Poverty Act, was introduced Dec. 7, 2007, by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) with nine cosponsors—eight Democrats including Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and one Republican, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN).
S2433 would obligate the U.S. to contribute 0.7 percent of its gross national product to foreign aid spending ostensibly intended to win the UN war on global poverty. A release from Sen. Obama’s office states that, "In 2000, the U.S. joined more than 180 countries at the United Nations Millennium Summit and vowed to reduce global poverty by 2015. We are halfway towards this deadline, and it is time the United States makes it a priority of our foreign policy to meet this goal and help those who are struggling day to day."
The other developed countries which have signed onto the UN treaty are only expected to donate 0.25 percent of their GNP to eradicate poverty.
Per the bill’s short title, the president would be required "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."
According to political writer Cliff Kincaid, Sen. Biden, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is attempting to hurry the bill through committee and to the floor for a vote because he openly supports the Obama nomination and a candidate promoting an end to global poverty looks good on the campaign trail.
However crunching the numbers and revisiting the Illinois Senator’s team of campaign advisors casts S2433 in a different light.
The amount of money the bill would obligate the U.S. to spend over the next seven years en route to winning the war on global poverty would be about $225 million over and above what it already spends. UN Millennium Project Director Jeffrey Sachs believes that the amount of money necessary for the U.S. to fulfill its obligations to stamping out global poverty will require passage of a global tax, preferably a fossil fuels-burning "carbon tax."
According to Kincaid, "In addition to seeking to eradicate poverty, that declaration commits nations to banning ‘small arms and light weapons’ and ratifying a series of treaties, including the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Kyoto Protocol (global warming treaty), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child."
Revisiting Sen. Obama’s pool of advisers (see page 11), we see Zbigniew Brzezinski whose strategy on the "grand chessboard" has been to use people against one another to advance global corporate interests at their expense.
As a parting thought, name one social front "war" the U.S. or the UN has declared that has been won. You can’t. That is because these wars—on poverty, hunger, illiteracy, violence or whatever—are not fought to be won. They are declared so that money can pour into the effort to perpetuate the problems. No exceptions.