Robert Winner

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US Foreign Aid

John Kerry immediately decided to give more money to Egypt and Syria. The US currently gives 17.8 billion for military assistance and 31.7 billion for economic assistance and now another 310 million to Egypt and Syria. These are not the only give aways the US provides. We give almost 80% of the operating costs o the UN ... and the list goes on.

The US has officially passed the ratio of debit to GDP (into the negative), Businesses are laying off at a record pace, business are going bankrupt, we are on the very edge of inflation and depression and yet continue spending and enlarging the government.

At what point should the US concentrate on OUR economy and the welfare of the US citizens.

The US has not reaped any rewards for the years of give away money to countries ... most of which hate the US ... Our "buy a buddy" foriegn policy has never made sense .... is it time to evaluate our policies?

People will make the argument that kids will suffer ... after 20 years of give aways they are still suffering .... The weapons used in the Bengasi killings were identified as some of the ones the CIA gave away.

As we look at all sorts of cliffs .... party line politics ..... the media and political finger pointing game ..... and yet we continue to barrow money from China that we cannot even afford to pay the interest on ...

Is it time to heal our selves?

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    Mar 6 2013: The stock market is at an all-time high. The rich are richer than ever. The poor are unchanged in their living standard but are growing in numbers. The middle-class is watching everything they have worked for slipping away. The "money" we give to other nations and associations of nations has a value equivalent to the cost of printing, as evidenced by the 2-cent minting cost for a 1-cent coin. Fiat money is like Monopoly money in that printing more only makes the cost of living rise. The good news is China will eventually get stiffed for the "money" they have poured into America. That will happen just after the last of the shoddy products we have purchased from them are in the landfills. Heal ourselves? Americans don't know they are ill, and they don't care about anything to do with their condition. Ignorance and apathy rule the day.
  • Mar 26 2013: The goodwill we receive from aid has to be huge among the people that receive the aid. Vocal dissenters might still try to claim that a country's people don't want the aid and "hate" the U.S., but find me one person saved from starvation who will say that.

    We spent about a trillion dollars on the Iraq war, which could hardly be considered "foreign aid" considering the loss of life, despite the removal of their oppressive leadership. The foreign aid you are referring to has, aside from the amount given to Egypt recently, been a drop in the bucket of our budget, and generally a good thing.

    We spend much more on domestic aid to help our own poor in the form of unemployment, tax credits, welfare, etc., as we should. Not everyone gets help but a lot do. We DO "heal ourselves" as you say to a degree. Could we stop foreign aid? Maybe some other country would step in to stop people from dying of starvation. Or maybe those people we help would just die. You're playing god on any side of that decision. I do think that a better, more powerful, more functional, and more representative United Nations, would be able to guide such things. Might as well look for a Unicorn though.
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    Mar 6 2013: Yes

    Isn't barrow is spelled borrow? Unless of course you are talking about a male pig castrated before maturity? Not to grammar nanny you but I have seen you misspell this word before.
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      Mar 6 2013: Spelin are no my goot thng. Glad you read the replies and get the idea of what I mean not what I spelet.

      Thanks I need all the help I can get ... in many areas.

      Bob.
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    Mar 5 2013: I would say that it is time to heal ourselves. The money that we give out in foreign aid - whether directly or indirectly - is BORROWED money. Our economy is on the brink of collapse and we still borrow money to fund both sides of a never-ending argument. I would say that sounds insane, thus WE need healing.