Monday, January 28, 2013
Foreign Aid: There Are Many Ways Conservatives Can—and Should—Help the Poor
James M. Roberts January 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament and one of Great Britain’s rising conservative political stars, reminds us that the fundamental error of the left is its “elevation of motive over outcome.”
This leads to development assistance policies that are at least doomed to fail and may actually increase poverty. There are many reasons: According to Hannan, aid programs typically sever “the link between taxation and representation, shield rotten governments from the consequences of their mismanagement, encourage dependency, reward corruption, and retard development.”
In fact, over the past half-century, the U.S. has donated over $1 trillion in official development assistance (ODA) to developing countries. The need for ongoing ODA is now openly questioned by such groups as the Center for Global Development, especially given that the annual private financial flows that are fueling the economic growth of the developing world now dwarf ODA....But beyond pushing for economic freedom, what else can a conservative do to help the poor? Hannan recommends “the Kitchen Table Charities Trust, which supports small-scale initiatives, and which doesn’t have any bureaucracy to fund.”
Of course there are excellent charities in the U.S., too, including Kiva, the anti-poverty work by the Acton Institute…. David’s Hope International…. Deep Springs International ….World Vision, Lutheran World Relief, and Catholic Charities. .....To Read More........
My Take – Does anyone really think this is a good investment? All this 'concern for the poor' in the form of foreign aid has been for political purposes, not humanitarian purposes, or they would have acknowledged the failure of these plans fifty years ago and abandoned them. All that they did was enrich and keep a small corrupt group of homicidal maniacs in power. The fact of the matter is that until these countries change from corrupt socialist or semi-socialist central planning organizations controlled by elite no amount of outside money is going to fix anything. It’s good money after bad.