While in Africa Sunday, Obama pledged to redistribute $7B of taxpayer dollars to bolster the sub-Saharan electrical grid. All this while American workers are being furloughed/laid off, soldiers are waiting for healthcare, and we hear that the earth is about to crack in half because of the modest “sequester” reductions in the increase in the rate of spending.
This is madness.
American taxpayers have no business funding infrastructure projects in Africa. It’s bad enough that we’re funding infrastructure in the Middle East post-wars. Where does it end? Will Congress step up to block this spending?
(CNN) — U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa.
Funds from the initiative, dubbed Power Africa, will be distributed over the next five years.
“More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access,” the White House said in a statement.Sub-Saharan Africa will need more than $300 billion to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, the statement said.
The preliminary setup will include Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria , Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.
“These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation, and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth,” the statement said.