Wednesday, March 5, 2008

M. Barry Donegan vs. Bob Corker

I wrote Bob Corker, Senator from Tennessee, my home state regarding S.2433 or The Global Poverty Tax of 2007. This piece of legislation would impose a tax on American's which would be used to solve health care and financial problems in other nations, despite the fact that this wealth would be transferred from people who are having health care and financial problems of their own at home. I sent him an email to urge him to vote NO on this. Considering he's a Republican, and that's about as foolishly well intentioned as any bleeding heart globalist socialist bill, I thought his NO vote would be a NO BRAINER! Boy was I wrong. I told him I felt that allowing the world to impose a tax on the U.S. to deal with other nations poverty problems was a threat to our autonomy as a nation. Listen to what this senator said in response.

Dear Mr. Donegan,

Thank you for contacting my office to share your concerns regarding
S.2433, the Global Poverty Act of 2007. Your input is important to me,
and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.

As you may know, the Global Poverty Act of 2007 directs the President,
through the Secretary of State, to develop and implement a comprehensive
strategy to further the Millennium Development goal and U.S. foreign
policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty and
reducing by one-half the proportion of people, between 1990 and 2015,
who live on less than $1 per day. The Secretary of State would also
designate a coordinator who would oversee and draft progress reports on
behalf of the President concerning the implementation of this strategy.

Like you, I agree that it is important to protect the sovereignty of our
country. We as Americans have been blessed with so many freedoms and
opportunities, and I can assure you that I will never vote for a measure
that would jeopardize our autonomy. That said, I believe that our
security is directly related to the economic security of countries
around the world. If people have access to medical care, food, and jobs
they will be less likely to turn to terrorism and other destructive
habits. As I continue to serve in the United States Senate, I will work
to see that we are properly supporting those who are less fortunate, but
that we are also preserving the rights of the U.S. in our decision
making. Should S.2433 be brought before the full Senate for a vote, I
will certainly take into consideration your concerns.

Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your
thoughts with me over the course of my term.


Bob Corker
United States Senator"

so let me translate that into English for you. Bob Corker supports a tax on
Americans for the benefit of global poverty despite having an economic crisis at home.
He finds it to be an ANTITERRORISM bill somehow.

neocons, man...



Shawn said...

Well, lets see. If he is right, and getting rid of poverty in other countries reduces terrorism on the United States, then I can understand it, and would support it. It does make sense to get rid of terrorism, costing us a few extra dollars a month. Doesn't it?

Jeff said...

is shawn being sarcastic?

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Eric said...

It would seem that Mr. Corker is on the right track. I hate to say it, being the Democrat that I am. He has a valid point though. The health and well-being of the American economy is directly linked to the health and well-being of other countries in the world. I would gladly give a dollar a day to help our economy thrive, and if for nothing else to help those who are less fortunate than myself. Whether in this country or another. I think that we should take a look at the bigger picture, and see that in the global community if one fails we all fail.

Eric said...

Love the post though, and there are valid points.

nick dubey said...

however, we must question whether or not it is ecologically sound to support the poor. using our conscience, we say that we must help the poor; it is indeed a sad sight. unfortunately, we are exceeding our carrying capacity. and even more unfortunate is the fact that these poor people reproduce at a much faster rate than richer countries such as our own; if we feed the poor, we will become even more overpopulated than we already will, leaving our children in dire straights.