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G8 To ‘Redistribute’ $20B More Income

From an overjoyed Reuters:

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, seen here in February 2009, said some white farmers would be spared under his controversial land reforms.

G8 pledges $20 billion in farm aid to poor nations

By Phil Stewart And Paolo Biondi

L’AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) – G8 leaders pledged $20 billion in farm aid to help poor nations feed themselves, surpassing expectations on the final day of a summit that has yielded little progress on climate change and trade…

Obama said Africa had enough arable land but lacked seeds, irrigation and mechanisms for farmers to get a fair price for their produce — issues that the Group of Eight richest nations, emerging powers and African countries promised to tackle.

But Africa told the wealthy powers they needed to honor past commitments, mindful that some G8 countries had fallen short of their 2005 promise to hike annual aid by $50 billion by 2010, half of which was meant for Africa.

The United Nations says the number of malnourished people has risen in the past two years and is expected to top 1.02 billion this year, reversing decades of declines. The global recession is expected to make 103 million more go hungry.

Aid bodies like the World Food Program said a last-minute surge of generosity at the summit in Italy’s L’Aquila resulting in the $20 billion pledge was "greeted with great happiness." …

The $20 billion over three years may compare unfavorably with the $13.4 billion the G8 says it has already disbursed between January 2008 and July 2009, but aid groups said the funds pledged on Friday were more clearly focused…

The L’Aquila summit has produced chequered results on other issues, making only limited progress in crucial climate talks following the refusal by major developing nations to sign up to the goal of halving world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The 17 biggest emitters in the Major Economies Forum chaired by Obama failed to get emerging powerhouses like China and India to agree to these targets, though they did all agree temperature rises should be limited to 2 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit)

G8 leaders said the global financial crisis still posed serious risks to the world economy. Further stimulus packages for growth might still be required and it was dangerous to implement "exit strategies" from emergency measures too early

Did you know our Constitution gave our king President the power to give away your money to other countries like this?

Did you even realize that our Constitution gave our king President the power to regulate the world’s temperature?

The United Nations says the number of malnourished people has risen in the past two years and is expected to top 1.02 billion this year, reversing decades of declines.

This is the same United Nations that is sitting on top of a record sized ‘food bank.’

The L’Aquila summit has produced chequered results on other issues, making only limited progress in crucial climate talks following the refusal by major developing nations to sign up to the goal of halving world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050…

Who says the climate talks are ‘crucial’?

Besides, would not a warmer globe mean a longer growing season and more food?

Why are we trying to stop that? (Not that we could even if it was happening.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “G8 To ‘Redistribute’ $20B More Income”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Let us make sure that we pay the whole tab. That way the world can hate us all the more.
    Still children here in our country will go to bed tonight with a empty stomach.
    (and veterans sleep under bridges)

    P-I-T-Y-F-U-L !!!!!!!

    • tranquil.night says:

      We just have to print the money anyway; it shouldn’t take longer than a day, what’s up with this 3 years crap? For God’s sake the poor children are starving out there!

      Africa’s more than happy to take our money – and there’ll be complete transparency along with a UN website where in one and a half clicks you’ll see a picture of exactly what child your tax dollars is feeding.

      Just kidding, that would be meddling.

  2. proreason says:

    Looks like one job category is going to do VERY well over the next few years.

    African dictators.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Oh, and it seems like if we were going to crusade to feed the hungry it’d be wiser to start with, you know, the most hungry:

    Country Number of Undernourished (million)
    India 217.05
    China 154.0
    Bangladesh 43.45
    Democratic Republic of Congo 37.0

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    With the BILLIONS of dollars that have been thrown at this world hunger crap over the years .. NOBODY .. NOWHERE .. should be hungry!!! Whatta hoax!

    And then of course this B.S. is topped with the: “Major Economies Forum chaired by Obama failed to get emerging powerhouses like China and India to agree to these targets, though they did all agree temperature rises should be limited to 2 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit)”.

    I wonder if this thieving windbags let God know about their temperature limits.

    And, oh yeah .. let’s make sure we keep the door to the vault open: “Further stimulus packages for growth might still be required and it was dangerous to implement “exit strategies” from emergency measures too early” .. so we can steal more!

    I’m seeing smoke on the horizon and I don’t think it’s from a barbeque.

  5. Confucius says:

    What is it with this country? Always the “most” impoverished, enslaved and diseased. And of course, always the most demanding of other countries.

    Isn’t Hollywood gliterrati enough?

  6. proreason says:

    Thomas Sowell describes the roots of the financial disaster in the plainest possible terms in this 5 part video series at NRO.

    http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/

  7. Right of the People says:

    Hey the dictators in Africa probably need to upgrade their private jets, limos and palaces, they need that money NOW! Ever notice how pushy these scum bums are, demanding that we help them?

    Things never change. Back in Vietnam, the VC used to take the 100 lbs. bags of rice we sent over, relabel them then give them to the villagers and tell them the government of North Vietnam was helping them. The difference here is, the food never even gets to the people, it gets resold on the black market and the benevolent rulers pocket the money.

  8. Chinnubie says:

    If we don’t stop giving away food to the African Continent these people are going to be forever standing there with their hands out. They are NEVER going to be able to stand on their own. It sounds like a crappy thing to do, but leave them alone and let their “Difference” shine through. It is the only way they’ll be able to sustain themselves. We give and give and give and what has it gotten us, nothing but hate and animosity. We need to stand up for ourselves and say no more your going to have to learn how to do it just like we did when we came to this country. Sure people starved, but wouldn’t we all say we are better for the sacrifices that were made all of those years before?

    • proreason says:

      “these people are going to be forever standing there with their hands out”

      Now Chinnubie, so cynical. We need look no further than our own country. Just look at what out heartfelt generosity has done for our own citizens and the poor immigrants who come into our country with so little.

      Why wouldn’t we want to share our successful progressive programs with the world?

    • Chinnubie says:

      PR I guess I forgot myself and didn’t realize where I was. I don’t want to see anyone starve, but at what cost do we continue to help. After a while WE won’t have anymore to give and will have to be on the receiving end of this charity. If China decides to start saying NO we are going to need that aid!

      I am just so frustrated with the way this country has decided to give up its toughness and its greatness. The History channel is beginning to do stories on how the Founding Fathers were drunk all of the time and how they don’t understand how we could have become such a great force in the world.

  9. neocon mom says:

    Steyn has a great piece from the 2005 G8 and “Live 8” concert re-posted yesterday:

    http://www.steynonline.com/content/view/2242/30/

  10. Petronius says:

    “Obama said Africa had enough arable land ….”

    Well, it used to be arable land. Now it’s just desert. Turned into desert as the result of all the conditions normal to post-colonial Africa––limited water, overpopulation, overgrazing, war, neglect, incompetence, corruption, and destruction of white farms and white farmers.

    So the divine Nerobama is going to regulate world temperatures and eliminate hunger in Africa. (Gufaw, gufaw.) I needed a good laugh. He really thinks he’s a god. Of course he is also laughing at us, the gullible American voters.

    But on the other hand the Russians are laughing at him. And the Iranians are sneering.

    And 1.3 billion Chinese could care less what he says.

    And the Africans must be Providence’s final, most sardonic joke:

    “Africa told the wealthy powers they needed to honor past commitments, mindful that some G8 countries had fallen short of their 2005 promise to hike annual aid by $50 billion ….” What colossal gall. The mind boggles.

    If one believes––and I do––that the end of the Western world has to be epidemic insanity, this G8 session certainly measures up. Adjutorium nostrum, Domine.

  11. canary says:

    Obama is trying to pass a bill that will put our own farmers out of work, but it’s okay to help another country, while he screws ours. I’ll bet Obama has never grown anything green in his life.

  12. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    A good indicator of a nation’s greatness is measured not only by its’ ability to feed itself but also how much surplus they can export to feed other countries. There’s too much corruption in many other countries, especially post colonial Africa, for them to properly feed their citizens. Zimbabwe was once known as the breadbasket of Africa until the dictator Mugabe came to power and issued radical, destructive farming reforms. Until all the corruption is eliminated I don’t see the situation ever improving.

  13. mjwooten says:

    I am reminded of a few lines eloquently spoken by Sam Kinison many years ago:

    Hey, come here…this is sand…nothing is going to grow here…nothing is EVER going to grow here…pack up your sh*t and let’s move you to

    WHERE THE FOOD IS!

    Yes, I hate to see anyone go hungry. However, as mentioned earlier, Africa’s collection of dictators and corrupt governments could care less about their own people. They are in it for THEMSELVES and they do NOT deserve one cent of aid.


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