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Obama's global poverty act


Last updated 3/20/2008 at Noon

Senator Barack Obama, the eminently likable possible Democratic nominee for president, has sponsored a “Global Poverty Act” that would require the United States to increase foreign aid by approximately $65 billion per year.

If the Senate passes this bill, it will be Mr. Obama’s first significant legislative accomplishment in Washington (he has only been a senator since January 2005). As such, it merits our scrutiny for clues about his worldview.

Conservatives should be careful how they critique the Global Poverty Act. If we say, “we can’t afford another $65 billion per year,”...

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