UN to West: Hey, Give the Poor $5 Billion!
posted at 4:23 am on July 22, 2009 by Michael van der Galien
The United Nations has a new, yet old plan: it wants the West to donate five billion dollars to the world’s poor. Five billion. At a time when the West itself is trying to overcome one of the deepest recessions in history, made worse by lefty governments who are determined to put their countries in debt for years if not decades to come.
John Holmes, the UN humanitarian chief, said on Tuesday that more than $4.8bn of the agency’s $9.5bn target for the year had yet to be raised – the biggest ever shortfall at the mid-year mark.
UN projects that could be affected include those which provide shelter, food, water and medical aid, and those that clear landmines and help people improve their agricultural output.
Well, guess what. We all feel bad for the world’s poor, but history has taught us that giving money to them isn’t a solution. A bold, new approach is needed. We have to develop some kind of system to help the poor help themselves.
Africa has already received two Marshall plans in foreign aid. Two. Yet, it continues to be the poorest continent on earth. Why? Because you can give a million dollar to a hobo, but he’ll throw it all away within a couple of years time with nothing – except for some new addictions and wild parties – to show for it.
You can’t possibly ‘help’ the poor by giving them more money, by giving them food, etc. but not the means and know-how to produce the goods they need. That’s what the vocal point should be: teaching them how to take care of themselves.
Until and unless such a plan exists, foreign aid should be put to a halt. That may not sound very compassionate, but it’s more helpful in the long run than giving them money time and again, only to see them throw it all away.