President Obama is traveling in Africa visiting his homeland. I wonder if he will stop by and visit his grandmother who still lives in the town that claims to be Obama’s birthplace?
While speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, Obama was generous enough to tell the African people that the US will spend at least $7 billion to help build the electrical infrastructure of the continent south of the Sahara Desert. The goal of the lavish initiative is to double the amount of access to electrical power for the people of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Power Africa is the name of Obama’s initiative and the $7 billion dollars over the next five years is just the first installment of what promises to cost US taxpayers a lot more in the future. He also claims that private companies, including General Electric and Symbion Power, will be providing an additional $9 billion towards getting electricity into millions more African households. They will initially focus their efforts on Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania.
During his speech to the students at the university where Obama unveiled his expensive plan, he told them:
“My own nation will benefit enormously if you reach your full potential.”
Everyone believes he was speaking about the US benefiting from the development of the African continent, but I can’t help but believe that Obama may have also been referring to his country of birth, Kenya. Such a program to develop and expand the reaches of electrical power to the people of Kenya would be a huge boon to his family that still lives there.
But what I really want to know is why the US has to fork over $7 billion dollars to develop electric power in Africa when power plants in our country are being forced to close down or make costly improvements at their OWN expense? There are also thousands of Americans that have had their electrical power turned off because they can’t pay their bills since they don’t have jobs.
Doesn’t charity and care begin at home? Oh, that’s right, for Obama, the Power Africa initiative is beginning at home, isn’t it!