Federal Grant for Speakers in Kandahar

As we speed toward the budget cliff and need to cut back the social security and medicare and military spending to balance the budget, I am not at all comforted to know that some Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Afghanistan will receive a grant for $300,000 that:

man with schnozzz“will arrange for speakers from throughout the Muslim world to speak at multiple locations throughout ‘Loya Kandahar’ (including Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan)… on issues revolving around civil society, religious tolerance, the role of religion in today’s world and religious leaders’ involvement in societal betterment.”

What are the requirements for receiving the grant of $300,000?

“The program would have a minimum of two speakers per month who would address audiences at pre-determined public venues.”

So two speakers per month, multiplied by six months equals twelve speakers (12), divided by $300,000 = $25,000 per speaker.

It sounds more like splitting a lottery prize in Afghanistan where, according to World Vision, the average annual income is $250.00 (http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/learn/world-vision-afghanistan, accessed on 12/11/12).

NGO’s may apply by going to http://grants.gov (should be .giv) and searching for this grant number – SCAKAB-13-CA-003-SCA-12102012.

But we have a revenue problem, and not a spending problem? Anyone have some speech topic suggestions?