Accuracy in Media

February 13, 2008 — Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid disclosed
today that a hugely expensive bill called the “Global Poverty Act,”
sponsored by Democratic Senator Barack Obama, was quickly passed by
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday and could result
in the imposition of a global tax on the United States. Kincaid said
that the major media’s cover-up of the bill, which makes levels of
U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United
Nations, demonstrates the media’s desire to see Senator Obama elected
to the presidency.

In a column posted on the AIM web site,
Kincaid noted that Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, was trying to rush Obama’s “Global Poverty
Act” (S. 2433) through his committee without hearings. 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.  It was scheduled
for a Thursday vote but was moved up a day, to Wednesday, and rushed
through by voice vote. Kincaid learned, however, that conservative Senators
have now put a “hold” on the legislation, in order to prevent it
from being rushed to the floor for a full Senate vote.

The House version (H.R. 1302) was suddenly
brought up on the House floor last September 25 and was passed by voice
vote. House Republicans were caught off-guard, unaware that the pro-U.N.
measure committed the U.S. to spending hundreds of billions of dollars.
Kincaid’s column notes that the official in charge of making nations
comply with the U.N. Millennium Goals, which are prominently highlighted
in the Obama bill, says a global tax will be necessary to force American
taxpayers to provide the money.

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