There is a bill pending, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 (S. 624). This bill will help provide 100 million people with first-time, sustainable access to clean water and sanitation by 2015.
Unclean water, together with poor sanitation, is a leading cause of child mortality. An estimated 4,100 children die every day from diarrheal diseases spread through poor sanitation and hygiene. The very existence of such conditions demonstrates society’s failure on the part of all nations to provide access to the most basic life-sustaining element: clean water.
The Water for the World Act targets underdeveloped countries with focused initiatives to improve access to clean water and sanitation; fosters global cooperation on research and development; provides technical assistance and capacity-building; provides seed money for the deployment of clean water and sanitation technologies; and strengthens the human infrastructure at USAID and the State Department to implement clean water and sanitation programs.
This bill will help establish the capacity and momentum needed to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on increasing access to water and sanitation by 2015. If those MDG targets are met, the benefits will include a total annual economic return of $22 billion for Africa in saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs. And 203,000 fewer children will die in 2015 from lack of access to clean water and sanitation.
Because of such views, I am castigated for belong to those to are growing BIG GOVERNMENT, who involving us in SOCIALISM, and some consider me a left wing liberal (whatever that is). The very idea! This is not a political issue. This is a deeply moral, ethical, and theological issue and it involves what kind of a world my grandson is going to live in..
This is how I would want to be treated if I were not already an American enjoying piped-in water and all the modern conveniences. More so, it is the kind of a world I want my currently visiting grandson to live in and be part of (I could be proud of that). This is about loving my brother as myself, which is my biblical faith, immersed deeply in the words of Jesus, who is a reality to me and a constant companion.
IF WE CAN AFFORD TO SPEND 57% OF OUR NATIONAL BUDGET FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS, as is proposed for 2010, the VERY AUDACITY to complain about a bill of this nature. We’re complaining our heads off about our BROKEN HEALTH SYSTEM, yet that only amounts to 6%of our national budget. Can you believe that!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let us stop being manipulated by selfish politicians, misguided theorists, misinformed religionists, et al, and get back to basic human decency and doing what is right.
From Warner’s World, this is Wayne hoping to be part of making a REAL AND SIGNIFICANT difference………