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A Liberal and Someone Else’s Money are Swiftly Parted

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 29, 2014 @ 5:16 pm In The Point | 11 Comments

Do you feel like global problems are too big and hard to solve? Don’t be. They just require small amounts of money (trillions) to make them completely unsolvable. Just ask Amanda Scherker who is chock full of ideas for changing the world.

1. For $26 billion more a year, we could provide a basic education to every child in the world by 2015.

26 billion dollars is roughly the education budget for New York City alone. New York has 8 million people. The world has 7 billion people.

Even accounting for teachers’ unions, which are actually even worse in places like Mexico, you’re not going to educate the world for $26 billion. You can’t even educate New York for that amount considering graduate literacy rates and admissions at City College.

If a country is capable of educating its children, it’s capable of doing it without our money. If it can’t provide a basic education without our money, it won’t be able to do it with our money either. It holds true for the Third World and for Detroit.

That might seem like a lot, but let’s consider that… the U.S. drops an annual $25 billion on golf.

By the US, Amanda means that 30 million Americans together spend that much, which comes out to less than $1,000 per individual. And people spend that money because they like their leisure time. It doesn’t mean that they should forgo it so the UN can pocket it instead.,

For $990, a farmer can get training in dairy production and four milk-producing animals.

A Heifer International “Cheeses of the World” basket provides a goat, a sheep, a water buffalo and a heifer so that a family living in poverty can produce and sell dairy products.

No, you can’t and no they won’t. The individual family scam was old when Sally Struthers was young.

Heifer International raises tens of millions of dollars a year by sending out millions of catalogs that are every bit as sophisticated as the LL Bean or J Crew catalogs, only instead of buying rugby shirts you buy a chicken or a cow for a family in the developing world.  But you’re not really buying that chicken or that cow.  On the bottom of every page for every cow or chicken or trio of rabbits you “give” to someone, there’s a small-print disclaimer:

Gifts made through this catalog represent a gift to the entire mission. To help the most number of families move toward self-reliance, Heifer does not use its limited resources to track gift animals from donation to distribution. We use your gifts where they can do the most good by pooling them with the gifts of others to help transform entire communities. And, because you are helping Heifer fight hunger and poverty, your gift is tax deductible.

Charity rating group Givewell gave Heifer International zero out of a possible three stars since the organization met none of its criteria for accountability or project priorities.

Oh and

Animals are expensive; they require food, copious amounts of water, and veterinary care.

If the families can’t afford the cow, can they afford to care for the cow?

And also…

In most parts of the world where these animals are sent, between 50 and 95 percent of the population can’t drink milk due to lactose intolerance.

That certainly isn’t chump-change, but in the U.S… Families spend an average of $1,139 on prom.

Don’t spend that money on your prom. Send diarrhea to the Third World instead.

For $44 billion a year, we could end world hunger completely.

Really? Only $44 billion? For Obama, that’s tooth flossing money. The USAID budget is over $20 billion. The UN’s World Food Programme is another couple of billion. Total development aid for Africa was $150 billion. There was another $25 billion in food aid.

So why is world hunger still around?


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