As the November 6th, 2012 is fast approaching, it is important to know the Presidential Candidates’ strategy for addressing poverty and preventable disease. Toward that goal, the ONE Campaign[i] asked the US Presidential candidates for their respective plans for addressing poverty and preventable disease. In response to the ONE campaign’s inquiry, both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney provided their plans for addressing poverty and preventable disease.
Below is the response to this question provided by Governor Mitt Romney:
“I commend the ONE campaign for bringing more attention to the plight of global poverty. Although many Americans rightly are concerned about our current difficulties here at home, our nation never turns a blind eye to human suffering abroad. As president, I will retool and refocus our foreign aid, so we can lift more people out of poverty and make our world more secure.”
“The biggest problem with our foreign aid strategies is that many of them are ineffective. Too often, our aid supplants work that is more effectively done by private enterprise and investment in other nations. Our aid should instead focus on building the institutions of liberty that will create lasting development and change.”
“I will focus U.S. assistance programs on encouraging free enterprise and promoting human rights. If developing nations build strong economies and durable institutions, this will foster enduring prosperity, and their ties with the United States will only strengthen.”
“In my administration, we will institute a new Prosperity Pact program that will use development dollars to channel the transformative power of increased trade and investment. Working with the private sector, we will identify barriers to foreign investment and trade in developing nations. And in exchange for removing them, we will offer those countries aid packages focused on developing the rule of law, property rights, and other institutions of liberty.”
“In addition, my administration will restore the promotion of free trade as a key priority of America’s foreign policy. By negotiating more trade pacts with developing nations, we will create jobs here at home, reduce poverty abroad, and develop deep ties with our friends and allies. We will also build on the work of microfinance initiatives and support new financing structures for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Empowering SMEs will allow developing nations to reach the global market and create an enduring cycle of growth.”
“I will also reform what has become the antiquated organizational structure of our diplomatic and assistance agencies. The current structure of government that is charged with utilizing our soft power is spread across numerous agencies—a scheme that scrambles lines of authority, blurs priorities, and creates accountability gaps through which failures go unpunished and successes go unrecognized. I will begin a process of reorganization that will establish unified budgetary and directive authority under one official responsible for all diplomatic and assistance programs within a particular region. These will be designed to mirror the regional military combatant commands. This would improve coordination between our military and diplomatic agencies so that their missions reinforce each other, instead of working at cross purposes as is currently the case.”
“Finally, we will answer the call for humanitarian assistance. The PEPFAR program has saved millions of lives. And we must recognize that many of America’s most effective development groups are faith-based. They will have no stronger partner than a Romney Administration, one that will not throw up roadblocks to their participation in important initiatives abroad to assist those in need.”
“If America does not lead, other countries will—and they may not share our interests or our values. Our assistance to developing countries, if used wisely, can encourage growth, promote freedom, and keep us safe. Our aid policy will be a priority in my administration, because I believe in a strong America. Our strength comes from many sources, and foreign assistance is one of them. As president, I will ensure that our aid programs are effective and that America remains strong.”
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Source(s): ONE Vote 2012, Wikipedia.
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[i] ONE Vote 2012 is a non-partisan campaign to make global health and extreme poverty foreign policy priorities in the 2012 presidential election.
The next president will take office at a critical time when there are effective and affordable solutions available that save lives: vaccines that cost less than one dollar can prevent unnecessary death. A $10 bed net can keep a child from dying from a mosquito bite. With the force of 3 million members, ONE Vote 2012 will educate and mobilize voters to ensure that the next American president is committed to using the United States’ strategic power to help end extreme poverty, creating a safer and more stable world.
ONE Vote 2012 is part of ONE, a broad and growing movement of Americans from all fifty states and all walks of life. More than two and a half million people around the world have added their voices to ONE by visiting ONE.org.