(This post is dedicated to my conservative Texan friend Valorie- a very smart woman and great mom.)
Despite evidence to the contrary, the preponderant positive influence of America’s welfare state is still reported and encouraged by liberals. Concerning US foreign aid and relief programs, the quest for uniformity and evaluation of our efforts remains elusive and counterproductive as domestic aid. There is too an unexplained imbalance in mainstream media coverage of foreign aid having a stunting and negative impact upon its recipients.
During times of foreign crisis it is often the desire of the Western world to conform to political correctness and help the victims. Or so we would like to believe. We must act to lend a helping hand. That is our “duty”. Therefore we must face the inevitable task of dolling out money to foreign countries in order to positively affect the world social and cultural order and the lives of the citizens living therein. As with welfare programs in the United States, the question still remains whether or not this foreign aid is actually “aiding and abetting” the very social ailments it attempts to cure.
In her book Dead Aid:Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa author Dambisa Moyo explains that the true intent of foreign aid to Africa is controversial and often undermining of its original goals. Judging from the book’s title, this will not be a welcomed read for liberal welfare state/government intervention enthusiasts or those who are afflicted with political correctness disorder. Moyo advocates that rather than treating foreign countries as welfare states, the West should instead offer proposals for developing countries to finance development and self efficiency in lieu of foreign dependence.
Moyo is a native of Africa. She was born in Zambia and holds a PhD. in Economics from Oxford University, a Masters from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Moyo worked for Goldman Sachs for 8 years where she worked in the debt capital markets and as an economist in the global macroeconomics team.
I highly recommend this book and I wish it was required reading for Barack Obama and every member of Congress.
Here is also recent clip of Dambisa Moyo on Fox News.
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