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Ashley17
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Harbalalism
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Should America continue to give aide to Africa?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/6/2009 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Ashley17

Pro

Am not saying for America to stop but I think that we should have an amount to give, because were in need of aide ourselves. If you can't restore your own country why try to fix another, than your going to go downhill completley. How are we so sure of what Africa does with it's money, we give the money to the government not the people, we tell them what we expect them to do with the money but how can we be 100% sure that, they are using it on the civilians? Tell me what you think?
Harbalalism

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I would like to thank my opponent for this debate.
Debate Round No. 1
Ashley17

Pro

The total amount of extra aid will be $50 billion, of which about half is estimated to go to Africa.

Is this a good idea? Africa contains the most intense concentration of human suffering on the planet. Almost half the people in the world live on less than $2 a day . . . which means inadequate food, shelter, and medical care, slaving away at physically demanding jobs from sunrise to sunset. It means intense physical suffering unimaginable to most Americans, from diseases that haven't been found here for a hundred years. It means babies dying, hungry and sick and cold.

But the sad fact about aid to Africa, and many other places, is that most of it is wasted. Of course, one could easily argue that given how rich we are, in comparison to the third world, we should give them the $50 billion anyway, if we can produce some small measure of relief.

Unfortunately, aid can make things worse, by entrenching the incompetent or corrupt governments and institutions that keep people poor. The world community has tried to tie aid to good governance committments, but these rarely pan out in practice. The aid community has the same problem as the financial community: it is in the business of giving out money. When there are no good opportunities available, the tempation is to start piling into the bad ones, rather than give the money back and look for a job selling shoes.

Tenatively, I'd say that putting out benchmarks like doubling aid is a bad idea. A better idea would be to get an aid line of credit, like the one Bush recently created, promising money that could be disbursed only when and if there are good projects.
Harbalalism

Con

interesting
Debate Round No. 2
Ashley17

Pro

Any statements?
Harbalalism

Con

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by atheistman 7 years ago
atheistman
Harbalalism, you are one racist bastard.
Posted by Xer 7 years ago
Xer
I prob would've took this if Harbalism hadn't.
Posted by Xer 7 years ago
Xer
That encyclopedia dramatica article is quite funny.
Posted by Cody_Franklin 7 years ago
Cody_Franklin
This could have been a good debate; unfortunately, I see this going straight down the drain, since Harbalalism took it.
Posted by Mr.Bitterness 7 years ago
Mr.Bitterness
Am I correct in saying that you meant to oppose the resolution and be con on the issue? If so, I would be more than willing to debate you.
Posted by Danielle 7 years ago
Danielle
I think what you're saying is that you'd like to be Con on this issue.

I may or may not take this; I'm busy with school / the mafia game / eventually continuing the ToC as soon as time permits! If it is still up in a few days, I may accept (and take Pro - that we should continue to help Africa) even though I personally think we should not : )
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