Republicans Should Not Sign On To This Massive Socialistic Waste Of Our Tax Dollars

We might as well take $30 billion and drop it into a live volcano as waste it on this ridiculous anti-poverty program Bono is pushing,

The Republican National Committee yesterday took the first step toward endorsing a proposal by Irish rock star Bono to spend an estimated $30 billion in U.S. taxes to eliminate global poverty — a move some unhappy conservative RNC members labeled a step toward socialism.

…In a move that some conservative members said astonished them, the resolutions committee did not rescind the RNC’s earlier endorsement of a plan to designate 1 percent of the federal budget for the “One” global anti-poverty program.

Opponents of the proposal had complained that without seeking their advice or consent, RNC Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan on June 11 unilaterally put the RNC on record as supporting the movement.

“It’s hard to believe my party would vote for something like this, which sounds like a do-gooder program,” said John H. Hager, the new Virginia Republican Party chairman.

Mr. Pullen also opposed the Bono-initiated program “One,” which is co-chaired by Jack Oliver, a Bush 2000 campaign fundraiser and Washington-based lobbyist. RNC members said Mr. Oliver sent two persons to the Minneapolis meeting to lobby members in favor of the “One” program, and its offshoot “One Vote ’08,” which aims to make global poverty and health a key issue in the 2008 presidential election.

“I don’t think we should be allocating 1 percent of the U.S. budget for relief around the world,” Mr. Pullen said. “That’s not the business of government. The private sector gives billions of dollars to supporting worthy causes. That’s always been the American way. Donating money to countries that don’t live by the rule of law or who have warlords killing people is feeding, not fixing, the problem.”

Mr. Duncan, who was the choice of the Bush White House to run the day-to-day affairs of the RNC, said in June, “One Vote ’08 is doing an amazing, compassionate thing, and I am proud to say the RNC supports their efforts completely.”

North Dakota rancher and RNC member Curly Haugland took exception to the Duncan statement, proposing his own resolution. He said the U.S. has an $8.8 trillion debt and that “One Vote ’08” will force Americans to support global socialism with their tax dollars.”

This is nothing but a variation of the same game we’ve been playing since the sixties. We dump staggering amounts of money into these godforsaken crapholes and almost all of it is stolen, wasted, and frittered away.

Then, we proclaim that we’ve learned a lesson from our previous screw-up and a few do-gooders point out the handful of insignificant successes that we’ve had. At that point, we announce this time we’re going to be smarter about handing out our money. So, we come back with even more moola and almost all of it is stolen, wasted, and frittered away, just like before.

Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat. We’ve been doing this for decades. We’ve pumped several Marshall plans worth of aid into these third world hellholes and the vast majority of them have gone backwards anyway.

If anything, we should be cutting back what we give to these global poverty programs, not increasing what we’re spending in some repulsive, socialistic scheme, because it has been proven over and over and over again that giving money to these nations isn’t making a positive difference.

At some point, we need to stop throwing good money after bad and we need to let the charities, church groups, and globalism handle the rest aside from the two things we do really well: food aid and disaster aid. Beyond that, we shouldn’t hand out a dollar unless we’re getting a dollar’s worth of return, intelligence, or help for our money.

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