Many other deaths need the world's attention, too
By Robert Herron on June 7, 2009
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Our media has focused obsessively on the death of Michael Jackson in the past week. While any premature death is a tragic loss, the implied message is that the death and life of one celebrity individual is more important than others. They blindly ignore the 25,000 children die each day, most from preventable causes. While we cannot do much about the deaths of celebrities, we can have a significant impact on the lives of the innocent who die daily.
A very significant bill has been introduced into Congress (HR 2139, the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009) which will make our foreign assistance more efficient and accountable for us as taxpayers and for recipients. I am pleased that Representative Howard Coble has co-sponsored this bill. We still need Representatives Miller and Watt to get on board, and also for Senators Burr and Hagan to support this bill when it is introduced into the Senate.
Our nation does a great deal of good with its foreign aid. In cooperation with other nations 29 million more African children are enrolled in school today than were in 2000. What HR 2139 seeks to do is to make our foreign aid more effective by eliminating needless bureaucracy. If you want information about this, check the website of Bread for the World—www.bread.org.