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Bono – Keep Africa Dependent Poverty Tour

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Bono Saves Africa

Bono, the U2 lead singer and activist kicked off his annual “Keep Africa Dependent” Poverty Tour. He arrived in Washington and performed his favorite tune, “Spread the Guilt.” The captive audience was members of the budget committees in Congress. He also visited the Pentagon where he met with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to discuss Africa and the fight against global poverty.

Now, I don’t particularly wish to be hard on the guy because helping people in need is one of the finest traits humans possess. However good intentions do not a good plan make. He simply needs a new approach if Africa is to see a decrease in poverty.

When we examine the results of his grand wealth transfer, we discover that the over-all poverty in Africa has increased. That means the trillions of dollars spent over the past few decades has actually made the situation worse. How is this possible? Tons of money spent and poverty increases?

Like many a socialist and spender of everyone else’s money, Bono seems not to have recognized that his plan is a failure. Stop funding and supporting corrupt dictators! It’s the height of madness to continue to perform the same action and expect a different result.

It’s time Africans take responsibility for their own situation. It’s time to stop releasing them from all responsibility. A prime example is the increase of AIDS in Africa. Since AIDS is preventable, only a minuscule amount of effort and responsibility is required. No! We can’t ask that! It’s much easier to pick the pocket and blame people that have absolutely nothing to do with it. This socialist tactic has solved nothing and has only resulted in the increased spread of AIDS with no end in sight.

Again, Washington will pledge enormous amounts of money and debt relief to Bono. He will turn it over to corrupt African leaders who will use it to remain in power. Next year Bono will repeat the same action surprised there is an increase of poverty in Africa.


Written by Lord Crimson

January 24, 2008 at 8:16 pm

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  1. Like many a socialist and spender of everyone else’s money, Bono seems not to have recognized that his plan is a failure. Stop funding and supporting corrupt dictators! It’s the height of madness to continue to perform the same action, and then expect a different result each time.

    Excellent key point. It is only the crooks and swindlers that continue to persuade people that throwing money after poverty solves the problem. Really, it only makes poverty worse.

    Sunflower Desert

    January 24, 2008 at 9:45 pm

  2. Hi Tammi

    I think a bit of laziness also factors into it. Throwing other peoples money at a problem gives the impression of caring but in reality it’s a way of doing nothing.

    I don’t place Bono in this category, but there are many a politician it describes perfectly.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    January 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm

  3. Good points. I have a heart for Africa but prefer giving directly to groups that get 100.00% of the funds to those in need, and who are very precise about who is the most needy. It lets kids go to school so they can find a better way. And it gets the Gospel out in communities.

    Yes, they need to just tell them more clearly how to avoid AIDS! Condoms won’t fix the problem. It is a cultural thing. If a wife asks a man to wear a condom he is likely to beat her (seriously).


    January 24, 2008 at 11:01 pm

  4. Hi Neil

    Thanks for pointing that out. There are reputable organizations that are doing wonderful work and are getting results. This is something that should not be overlooked.

    You have hit upon the root of the problem. Everything is backwards when the givers of aid are made to feel guilty and not the people that refuse to do what is necessary to deserve it. As long as this mindset prevails, poverty will always exist in Africa.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    January 24, 2008 at 11:37 pm

  5. Hi LC,

    Excellent topic and rant on said. I would like to offer a tiny ray of hope on the subject in the form of a brief news bit I heard yesterday, pointing out that our last round of National aid to Africa is being filtered through a new directive making it necessary that said funds go directly to viable and useful projects targeted toward giving local peoples a sustainable step toward self sufficiency. Considering that this is not being mentioned in the general media, I can only assume that this effort is working.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    January 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  6. Hi Grit

    That’s good news. As you know self sufficiency is a necessary part of prosperity and freedom. Of course when the government is involved I prefer to see the results and not just promises.

    The fact that the media hasn’t reported this does give hope that it is working. The major news organizations… what a joke.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    January 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

  7. Actually, the bulk of aid money doesn’t get turned over to corrupt dictators. Most of it ends up back in the pockets of the ‘givers’ by way of employing their friends and relatives as consultants who are paid four times what indigenous consultants earn and are deployed to African countries where they spend three weeks in five star hotels deliberating on the project so that when they’re done sixty percent of the allocation is spent.

    I do agree Africa should be left to fend for herself. Bono should find another hobby horse.


    February 29, 2008 at 2:54 am

  8. Hi Bubbles

    When this amount of money is involved you must always factor in the corruption part of it. Since government is involved your guess is as good as mine as to how many hands are in the pie. The one thing for sure is that every time an aid package goes out the lowly taxpayer is the big loser.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    February 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm

  9. I am glad you agree. Throwing money into Africa is not the solution when the people, especially those in power, aren’t willing to change. I find it ironic when countries like the US are blamed for their poverty. Africans are the ones causing the poverty because of their ignorance. Its also funny that there has always been poverty in Asian countries that have been largely overlooked. Yet in recent years many Asian countries have developed drastically socially and economically with little help compared to that of Africa’s. We must stop fueling the violence and greed in Africa first before anything significant is to happen. Don’t want to get flamed but if we want to throw money at countries why not throw some more money into other third world asian countries 😉 it seems to be put towards a more positive use and tends to have better outcomes.


    March 3, 2008 at 6:38 am

  10. Hi Reader

    Throwing money at Africa hasn’t worked so far so why should doing the same action over and over create a different result. I’m afraid Africa will always be one of those places hindered by it’s own worst enemy – itself.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 3, 2008 at 4:55 pm

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