Monday, January 31, 2011

Is It Time To Reassess Our Foreign Aid Policies?

Senator Rand Paul thinks he has a solution for cutting federal spending. End all foreign aid, including that which goes to Israel. For such a bold idea he is being soundly criticized by both houses of Congress, the press and the Jewish community.

Let's Look at it though. First Israel. It is the most wealthy country in the region and is more than capable of standing on it's own. Sure they like the extra moola to buck up their military. But maybe it should be predicated on getting into some serious negotiations with the Palestinians.

We pour money into Pakistan and they thwart every effort we make to root out al Qaeda and the Taliban who are known to be camping out on the Pakistani side of the border.

Karzai, in Afghanistan, is squirreling away as much of our money as possible. Pallet loads of U.S. dollars are known to have been flown out of the the country.

Haiti is right up there with the others. What  happened to all the aid money that has flowed there since the earthquake? If it isn't in Switzerland I've a few other places to suggest looking.

What we spend on foreign aid isn't going to make a dent in our debt. I think that's the wrong way to be looking at it. If we really are for the spread of democracy and decent lives for millions of people living under oppressive rulers, let's look at the U.S. aid we seem to use to bribe them to conform to our demands. And don't. Including Egypt. At the very least make them earn it!

While considering that aspect, also consider setting up some accounting procedures to verify where the money is being spent. Our tax dollars shouldn't be like a kid's allowance, given to spend as they like.

If they're not willing to do that, if they demand to spend it as they see fit, than, sorry, no can do. If they're going to act like self-indulgent brats then apply some tough love. Shape up or no money.

And mean it.


marlu said...

Absolutely agree with you!

Margie's Musings said...

I have for years objected to the USA trying to support all the other countries of the world. The taxes I have paid were meant for our own economy.

Lest you think I am hardhearted, keep in mind that continuing to try to support our children after they are adults only makes them more dependent on our help. The same is true of countries.

We should use our funds to help our own poor. The other countries we support financially only scorn us anyhow. Their rich line their pockets and the poor there never see a dime or any assistance.

Where are the brains of our country's leaders these past 60 years?