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Romney: Let’s Try to Be Effective When Helping People

It’s easy to toss money around; it’s harder to spend it in a way that actually improves peoples lives

When you’re helping someone out, is your intent to help them be sufficient or should you actually aim to be effective?

Mitt Romney, one of the nation’s most benevolent philanthropists, believes that the best way to be charitable is—wait for it—to actually help people, not just to throw money at them.

Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative summit in New York City Tuesday, Mitt Romney argued that private sector solutions are the best methods to improve prosperity worldwide.

He introduced his plan for “Prosperity Pacts,” public-private partnerships in foreign aid, that could help build free and prosperous societies around the globe:

“Nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of America’s own economy–free people pursuing happiness in their own ways build a strong and prosperous nation.”

Romney was talking about foreign aid, but this way of thinking of course applies domestically. President Obama talks about how Medicare helps people; Romney-Ryan actually are trying to make sure it lasts long enough to help people.

If you’re the type who just wants to give money to the beggars on the street—or have someone else give it—and then be on your way, you might agree with President Obama’s policies. But if you think something more should be done to improve people’s lives, maybe Mitt Romney is your guy.

Read about Romney’s remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting (1 page).

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