Wednesday, February 27, 2008

 

Obama's UN Tax On America

I wanted to blog about this last week, but I didn't get the chance:
A nice-sounding bill called the "Global Poverty Act," sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama, is up for a Senate vote on Thursday and could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States. The bill, which has the support of many liberal religious groups, makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations.

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.
The bill was voted out of committee:
Like earmarks, which are inserted into bills and congressional conference reports, the Global Poverty Act passed the House and a key Senate committee without any hearings being held into it. What's more, no recorded vote was held in either body. It had very little support in either body until somebody decided that it had to be pushed at this time. So, last September 25, it passed the House-by voice vote-and on February 13 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed it-also by voice vote. (The bill had only 84 co-sponsors in the House and nine co-sponsors in the Senate).

In the House, according to the office of Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the sponsor, it was considered non-controversial because some Republicans were backing it.

My suspicion is that it is being pushed through the Senate right now in order to give Obama a legislative victory. Obama, after all, has only been in the Senate since 2004. He has cast some votes, but his legislative actions and accomplishments are not considered impressive. But the Global Poverty Act is his vehicle; he was the sponsor in the Senate. Passage through Congress-and even a signing of the bill by President Bush-could make this political rock star look like another Bono. As president, Obama himself could implement it. What an amazing coincidence!

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