Oh have I ever been planning this one for it seems like ions! Have you ever wondered where and why our government spends our money on? With all due diligence it is the amounts of dollars that continue to flow outward to other nations that to me, makes me wonder where does all this money come from..
The United States Agency for International Development is the United States federal government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. Responding to President Obama’s pledge in his January 2013 State of the Union address to “join with our allies to eradicate extreme poverty in the next two decades,” USAID has adopted as its mission statement “to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States.” USAID operates in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
It is nothing anymore to hear on any radio or television station that Barack Obama needs approximately $740 million dollars to set up the most expensive “let’s fight Ebola campaign” for his personal war on the Ebola outbreak. Oh they say, the United States is a humanitarian country that spreads its wealth around.
Many experts are now predicting that that is how America will launch a ground offensive — often referred to as “boots on the ground.” Currently scheduled to leave America or Afghanistan is some 2,600 troops. Can’t stop there because we have already placed over 1,000 battle ready troops in Iraq.
Does anyone need reminding that exactly at the same time of this great humanitarian effort that the United States will be spending untold billions of dollars per day in the form of an Air Warfare Strategy? Below is a smidgen of what is going on in Sub-Saharan Africa right now as I prepare this for publication.
The President announced Power Africa, a new initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack access. Power Africa will build on Africa’s enormous power potential, including new discoveries of vast reserves of oil and gas, and the potential to develop clean geothermal, hydro, wind and solar energy.
The United States and its partners will work with an initial set of Power Africa partner countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Now then just because of the mere fact that individuals as well as entire governments are open-handed whilst receiving USAID, why then are we not hearing any of these nation’s names when we try and build a coalition of able bodied men to assist us in a fight against a problem of epic proportions. Moreover, there exist nations on this list that are dying of the Ebola Virus that in addition to economic aid will also be receiving medical aid.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $285 million in technical assistance, grants and risk mitigation to advance private sector energy transactions and help governments. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will commit up to $1.5 billion in financing and insurance to energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) will make available up to $5 billion in support of U.S. exports for the development of power projects across sub-Saharan Africa. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will invest up to $1 billion in African power systems. OPIC and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will provide up to $20 million in project preparation, feasibility and technical assistance grants to develop renewable energy projects. The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) will launch a $2 million Off-Grid Energy Challenge to provide grants of up to $100,000 to African-owned and operated enterprises.