This was a article posted on another board speaking about set aside money that is given to the so called poor countries. This is what the person who posted the article had to say and at the bottom you will see what I had to say about the so called aid given to so called poor countries. "Looks like the village idiot is at it again, the ole bait and switch. Say one thing, and yet do another. I know all politicians do it, but this is the man who wishes to be the Nation's pastor as well as president." America, the Indifferent. It was with great fanfare that the United States and 188 other countries signed the United Nations Millennium Declaration, a manifesto to eradicate extreme poverty, hunger and disease among the one billion people in the world who subsist on barely anything. The project set a deadline of 2015 to achieve its goals. Chief among them was the goal for developed countries, like America, Britain and France, to work toward giving 0.7 percent of their national incomes for development aid for poor countries. Almost a third of the way into the program, the latest available figures show that the percentage of United States income going to poor countries remains near rock bottom: 0.14 percent. Britain is at 0.34 percent, and France at 0.41 percent. (Norway and Sweden, to no one's surprise, are already exceeding the goal, at 0.92 percent and 0.79 percent.) And we learned this week that in the last two months, the Bush administration has reduced its contributions to global food aid programs aimed at helping hungry nations become self-sufficient, and it has told charities like Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services that it won't honor earlier promises. Instead, administration officials said that most of the country's emergency food aid would go to places where there were immediate crises. Something's not right here. The United States is the world's richest nation. Washington is quick to say that it contributes more money to foreign aid than any other country. But no one is impressed when a billionaire writes a $50 check for a needy family. The test is the percentage of national income we give to the poor, and on that basis this country is the stingiest in the Group of Seven industrialized nations. The administration has cited the federal budget deficit as the reason for its cutback in donations to help the hungry feed themselves. In fact, the amount involved is a pittance within the federal budget when compared with our $412 billion deficit, which has been fueled by war and tax cuts. The administration can conjure up $87 billion for the fighting in Iraq, but can it really not come up with more than $15.6 billion - our overall spending on development assistance in 2002 - to help stop an 8-year-old AIDS orphan in Cameroon from drinking sewer water or to buy a mosquito net for an infant in Sierra Leone? There is a very real belief abroad that the United States, which gave 2 percent of its national income to rebuild Europe after World War II, now engages with the rest of the world only when it perceives that its own immediate interests are at stake. If that is unfair, it's certainly true that American attention is mainly drawn to international hot spots. After the Sept. 11 bombings, Washington ratcheted up aid to Pakistan to help fight the war on terror. Just last week, it began talks aimed at contributing more aid to the Palestinians to encourage them to stop launching suicide bombers at Israel. Here's a novel idea: how about giving aid before the explosion, not just after? At the Monterey summit meeting on poverty in 2002, President Bush announced the Millennium Challenge Account, which was supposed to increase the United States' assistance to poor countries that are committed to policies promoting development. Mr. Bush said his government would donate $1.7 billion the first year, $3.3 billion the second and $5 billion the third. That $5 billion amount would have been just 0.04 percent of America's national income, but the administration still failed to match its promise with action. Back in Washington and away from the spotlight of the summit meeting, the administration didn't even ask Congress for the full $1.7 billion the first year; it asked for $1.3 billion, which Congress cut to $1 billion. The next year, the administration asked for $2.5 billion and got $1.5 billion. Worst of all, the account has yet to disperse a single dollar, while every year in Africa, one in 16 pregnant women still die in childbirth, 2.2 million die of AIDS, and 2 million children die from malaria. Jeffrey Sachs, the economist appointed by Kofi Annan to direct the Millennium Project, puts the gap between what America is capable of doing and what it actually does into stark relief. The government spends $450 billion annually on the military, and $15 billion on development help for poor countries, a 30-to-1 ratio that, as Mr. Sachs puts it, shows how the nation has become "all war and no peace in our foreign policy." Next month, he will present his report on how America and the world can actually cut global poverty in half by 2015. He says that if the Millennium Project has any chance of success, America must lead the donors. Washington has to step up to the plate soon. At the risk of mixing metaphors, it is nowhere even near the table now, and the world knows it. By youngblackceo, quote: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Originally posted by tmonster O thank you for that great article. If you believe in white supremacy then these behavior patterns are not surprising. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Good point Tmonster. It is amazing how these people have deceived the world into believing that some of these countries our poor. When these countries our rich in natural resources and the very same people who have exploited these countries of their resources and who use up a large percentage of those resources even through they represent a small percentage of people on this earth. I mean this is like a thief who steals all of the food out of his victims home and then look back at the victim and judge him for not being able to feed himself. And then to add insult to injury these very same people play the fake role of the good hearted human being who know wants to give back to these people the crumbs from the whole food he originally stole from the victims. I tell you it is truly amazing and you know people will read story about the so call aid being sent to the so called third world countries and will actually believe that they are so morally superior and demonstrating a act of christian love. But these same people will never ask how did these countries become consider a poor country in the first place. I mean think about for example Africa as we all know is the richest continent in the world. But yet the indigenous people of Africa and the descendants of Africans all over the world are look at as being a poor and dependent people. But yet the very same countries who exploit Africa especially Europe who is completely dependent on Africa and it's other colonies are consider to be wealthy and dependent. We have truly been made to think backwards and the Us and all these other european countries never intends to support their colonies to a point where they will be truly independent and able to compete with the western powers. So I don't care how much they say they will give the so called poor countries the constance imperative will remain the same.