Fox News today reported that the Unsuccessful Nations is requesting additional aid in order to keep up with increasing global food prices. Oh, and they lied. Go figure.
Just weeks before it announced the onset of a global food crisis and the urgent need for donors to provide at least $775 million in additional funding, the World Food Program was sitting on a cash and near-cash stockpile of more than $1.22 billion.
In a May 1 International Herald Tribune op-ed, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon further declared that the WFP had just “$18 million cash in hand” in the wake of its appeal for emergency funding.
Now the President wants Congress to approve an additional $770 million in aid above the $350 million he already requested. I have no problem with helping people who are in need, but we seem to be continually giving money to the same regions for the same problem. I remember watching commercials as a child that asked for donations for starving people in the same areas that are still starving. Clearly the plan we have been following is not working, unless the plan is to keep people in perpetual poverty and dependant upon aid from other countries. I say that it is time to come up with a better plan to help these regions become self sufficient. Wouldn’t that be better for everyone in the long run.