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Bush at U.N. more foreign aid (President lays out agenda for global war on poverty)
WorldNet Daily ^ | September 15, 2005 | unattributed

Posted on 09/15/2005 1:42:43 PM PDT by Gritty

WASHINGTON – It wasn't just a speech commemorating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations that President Bush delivered in New York yesterday.

Instead, he laid out an ambitious program of increased U.S. foreign aid to tackle worldwide problems of poverty and disease.

Think of it as Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" plan gone global.

And he characterized this plan as an extension of his war on terrorism.

"Confronting our enemies is essential, and so civilized nations will continue to take the fight to the terrorists," Bush said. "Yet we know that this war will not be won by force of arms alone. We must defeat the terrorists on the battlefield, and we must also defeat them in the battle of ideas. We must change the conditions that allow terrorists to flourish and recruit, by spreading the hope of freedom to millions who've never known it. We must help raise up the failing states and stagnant societies that provide fertile ground for the terrorists. We must defend and extend a vision of human dignity, and opportunity, and prosperity – a vision far stronger than the dark appeal of resentment and murder."

This means working within the U.N.'s goals and plans for cutting poverty and disease, he explained.

"To spread a vision of hope, the United States is determined to help nations that are struggling with poverty," Bush said. "We are committed to the Millennium Development goals. This is an ambitious agenda that includes cutting poverty and hunger in half, ensuring that every boy and girl in the world has access to primary education, and halting the spread of AIDS – all by 2015."

The increased aid, Bush said, would go to nations that agree "to take responsibility for their own economic progress through good governance and sound policies and the rule of law."

"Developed countries agreed to support those efforts, including increased aid to nations that undertake necessary reforms," he said. "My own country has sought to implement the Monterrey Consensus by establishing the new Millennium Challenge Account. This account is increasing U.S. aid for countries that govern justly, invest in their people, and promote economic freedom."

Bush tied the international relief effort to U.S. activities and financial commitment to treating AIDS in Africa.

"Today, America is working with local authorities and organizations in the largest initiative in history to combat a specific disease," Bush said. "Across Africa, we're helping local health officials expand AIDS testing facilities, train and support doctors and nurses and counselors, and upgrade clinics and hospitals. Working with our African partners, we have now delivered lifesaving treatment to more than 230,000 people in sub-Sahara Africa. We are ahead of schedule to meet an important objective: providing HIV-AIDS treatment for nearly 2 million adults and children in Africa. At the G-8 Summit at Gleneagles, Scotland, we set a clear goal: an AIDS-free generation in Africa."

Bush also mentioned plans to spend another $1.2 billion fighting malaria around the world.

"This preventable disease kills more than a million people around the world every year – and leaves poverty and grief in every land it touches," he said. "The United States has set a goal of cutting the malaria death rate in half in at least 15 highly endemic African countries. To achieve that goal, we've pledged to increase our funding for malaria treatment and prevention by more than $1.2 billion over the next five years. We invite other nations to join us in this effort by committing specific aid to the dozens of other African nations in need of it. Together we can fight malaria and save hundreds of thousands of lives, and bring new hope to countries that have been devastated by this terrible disease."

He also announced a new international effort against avian influenza.

"If left unchallenged, this virus could become the first pandemic of the 21st century," said Bush. "We must not allow that to happen. Today I am announcing a new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza. The partnership requires countries that face an outbreak to immediately share information and provide samples to the World Health Organization."

Another aspect of the massive redistribution of wealth globally is a plan to cancel 100 percent of the debt for the world's most heavily indebted nations.

"Even with increased aid to fight disease and reform economies, many nations are held back by another heavy challenge: the burden of debt," he said. "So America and many nations have also acted to lift this burden that limits the growth of developing economies, and holds millions of people in poverty. Today, poor countries with the heaviest debt burdens are receiving more than $30 billion in debt relief. And to prevent the build-up of future debt, my country and other nations have agreed that international financial institutions should increasingly provide new aid in the form of grants, rather than loans."

Then he supported the efforts of the U.N. Democracy Fund.

"Every free nation has an interest in the success of this fund – and every free nation has a responsibility in advancing the cause of liberty," said the president.


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1 posted on 09/15/2005 1:42:46 PM PDT by Gritty
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To: Gritty

Great.


2 posted on 09/15/2005 1:44:25 PM PDT by Who dat?
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To: Gritty
Am I missing something, or is GWB turning into a REALLY BIG spender?

With respect to spending, I look at my wallet, and then to paraphrase the last scene in Orwell's Animal Farm, I look at the Republicans, and I look at the Democrats, and they look the same.

3 posted on 09/15/2005 1:44:31 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Gritty

but how many times did he go to the bathroom?


4 posted on 09/15/2005 1:44:38 PM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

GWB is now the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world in spending other peoples' money. Worse even than Senator Kleagle!


5 posted on 09/15/2005 1:46:02 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. - Patrick Henry)
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To: Gritty

When the government announces a War On X, and X is not a military foe in the usual sense, be prepared for an increase and worsening of X.


6 posted on 09/15/2005 1:46:23 PM PDT by sourcery (Givernment: The Democrat spelling for "government.")
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To: Gritty
Any group of humans - whether in the slums of Jakarta or the ghettos of Cleveland - can NEVER escape poverty with handouts.

They'll just continue to outspawn the relief effort.

7 posted on 09/15/2005 1:47:26 PM PDT by bikepacker67
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To: Gritty

Think of it as Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" plan gone global.
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See the results in charts and graphs:
http://www.neoperspectives.com/summary.htm


Bush's foolish plan won't alleviate poverty at all, in fact, it will, again, accomplish the opposite of it's intentions while stealing from American Citizens.

Causes of poverty in developing nations:
http://www.neoperspectives.com/causesofpoverty.htm


9 posted on 09/15/2005 1:49:52 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/janicerogersbrown.htm)
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To: Gritty

No wonder Bush's numbers are down. If a pollster asked me whether I approve of the job Bush is doing, I would have to say no.

I support him in the WOT, and on tax cuts. And sure he's done some other things I approve of (like John Bolton.) But on almost everything else, from immigration, to campaign finance, to education, to over all spending, to this new "Global War on Poverty," I find him to be an outrageous flop.

Moreover, he's done a crummy job of selling the WOT to the country and the world.


10 posted on 09/15/2005 1:50:19 PM PDT by Maceman (Pro Se Defendant from Hell)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Turning into???

LOL....


11 posted on 09/15/2005 1:50:59 PM PDT by CarlPerkins
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To: thoughtomator

GWB is now the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world in spending other peoples' money. Worse even than Senator Kleagle!
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Yea, we need a democrat back in the white house, fast! (doesn't the gridlock of the 90s seem refreshing now...)


12 posted on 09/15/2005 1:51:02 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/janicerogersbrown.htm)
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To: Gritty

It hasnt yet reached the point where I wish I had voted for Gore or Kerry, but good Lord we just laid 50 billion on New Orleans and we give money to the Palestinians for mercy sake, where does it end? How much can we give and the UN still wants more. With an invasion on our southern border, a hurricane that ruins a city and a war in Iraq we cannot keep giving money away. It seems we are not only the world's police we are also their finance company. It has to end.


13 posted on 09/15/2005 1:53:42 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Gritty
The funny thing is, is that the Left will still say it's "not enough."

Bush just doesn't get it sometimes...

14 posted on 09/15/2005 1:53:52 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Gritty

BOHICA bump.


15 posted on 09/15/2005 1:55:10 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Gritty

Well, he still has to get Congress to appropriate all of that hard-earned tax money to give away to the ungrateful world. Maybe there is hope then. Or maybe not... (sigh!)


16 posted on 09/15/2005 1:55:48 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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"Think of it as Lyndon Johnson's 'War on Poverty' plan gone global."

An apt description. Because I think any fair and non-partisan comparison of Bush to previous presidents might very well find his Presidency to be much like that of Johnson's, when you consider the role of the federal government, spending, and competency in running a foreign war.

If you could somehow teleport GWB back in time 40 years, he'd essentially be a Great Society *Democrat*.

Tell me that Barry Goldwater and Reagan aren't spinning in their graves?

And why does the conservative movement allow people like the Bushes and Bob Dole to get the ticket come election time? These people are Tories, not conservatives or libertarians.

All this effort the past 40+ years for what? To give it all away now?

If any serious conservative candidate is running in '08, he'd be *forced* to criticise Bush's record, and therefore his own party.


17 posted on 09/15/2005 1:56:55 PM PDT by Frank T
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To: Gritty

We wipe out malaria and heaven's knows what else, and tell emerging nations to act responsibly (we know they won't)...but where's the stick? I'm quoting of all people, Moira Laisson on Fox.


18 posted on 09/15/2005 1:59:17 PM PDT by hershey
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To: traviskicks
Yea, we need a democrat back in the white house, fast! (doesn't the gridlock of the 90s seem refreshing now...)

I completely agree. More gridlock means our "leaders" in the government have less ability to push through their "big plans", and therefore less ability to screw us where the sun doesn't shine. I thought we elected a conservative in November.

19 posted on 09/15/2005 2:02:47 PM PDT by frankiep
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To: Gritty

I guess this means the cap gains and dividend tax cuts won't be made permanent.

Pres. Bush is heading towards becoming a failed President.


20 posted on 09/15/2005 2:02:51 PM PDT by tomahawk (Proud to be an enemy of Islam (check out www.prophetofdoom.net))
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