Increased Funding for Africa
Tony Blair (British P.M.) just went on TV to announce that one of the results which has come from the G8 conference is a doubling of aid to Africa. How that translates to American dollars, I am not sure yet. It could be that our aid will double, or perhaps it will increase slightly while other countries also begin to pony up more. However, many feel that trade is really the issue which will truly help Africa.
Meanwhile, our poverty level in this nation continues to increase. The conservatives argue that this isn't really poverty, since these impoverished families live as well as some of the best families lived many generations ago. What? You honestly wish to tell us that the living conditions of the late 1800s or early 1900s are perfectly acceptable? We are not a third world country!
Now, I grant you that our poor may be better off than the poor of other nations. However, aren't we obligated to look after our own citizens first? They are our employees, our friends, our relatives, our neighbors. Other countries make no to very little contribution to our economy or the quality of our lives, and most despise us or take our aid for granted.
If taxpayers were allowed to earmark where all their yearly taxes are spent, the government would find itself suddenly re-prioritized. More money would be spent on our infrastructure, our environment, our own programs, our own poor and homeless, and very few funds would be sent to other nations.
I am now listening to an African reporter who is telling Tony Blair that this African aid is really too little, too late. This is typical of the arrogant cheek which we face from these beggar countries. Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth! I am sickened by what we are doing. We are the English sheepdog, rolling over and fawning for a flea-bitten, mangy stray cur.