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How much should the US spend on foreign aid?

Roger47 2012/07/08 18:37:17
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Foreign aid includes both military and humanitarian help to countries around the world. Most is spent on enhancing peace and security. Some goes to help foreign governments that are allies, and some goes to feed the hungry and pay for medical help and economic development. How much of our federal budget should we spend on foreign aid?
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  • Mr. T 2012/07/08 18:47:09 (edited)
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    +5
    America needs to stop "buying friends". There are humanitarian times when the need is there but Americans have always been the first ones to step up to the plate. The time has come for America to take care of home first and help out in times of great need only.

    PS: Bought friends are only friends as long as you have money.

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  • MarinerFH 2012/07/08 23:46:05
  • DefendnProtect 2012/07/08 20:50:44
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    DefendnProtect
    +2
    Foreign aid to prop up corrupt dictatorships and police states across the globe is immoral.

    Afghanistan
    US propping dictatorships

    Egypt
    US egypt torture dictatorships

    Israhell
    israhell

    israhell
  • Simmering Frog - PHART 2012/07/08 20:37:59 (edited)
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    Simmering Frog - PHART
    +3
    None. We're broke. When we're borrowing money from China just to give it to other countries, something isn't right. Who the hell is running this place? The old Soviet politburo?
  • historian Simmeri... 2012/07/08 21:05:48
    historian
    +2
    "Who the hell is running this place? The old Soviet politburo?"- In short, yes. Research the birth of the Soviet Union, who was behind it, and you'll know for certain.
  • ehrhornp 2012/07/08 20:14:47
    More than 5%
    ehrhornp
    Foreign aid is generally given in terms of American goods and services so when it is given it is a stimulant to the economy. Of course it should be limited to things that actually help a foreign country and not to just keep their people under control.
  • Defendn... ehrhornp 2012/07/08 20:52:52
    DefendnProtect
    +1
    Do you think it's really given to help the people of those countries?
  • ehrhornp Defendn... 2012/07/08 21:52:57
    ehrhornp
    It can and has been. Not all of it perhaps but at least a good percentage. Now when GW gave it, maybe not.
  • Defendn... ehrhornp 2012/07/08 22:09:12
    DefendnProtect
    +1
    Do you know John Perkins "Confessions of an Economic Hitman"?



    http://www.economichitman.com...
  • Max 2012/07/08 19:52:55
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    +3
    While we get our financial house in order, I would ask our allies to pick up our slack. The problem with that is of course, most of them are not in any better shape than we are.

    This administration just committed under $2 billion a year to Afghanistan in nonmilitary aid but has also now dubbed them a "major non-NATO ally", which opens the door to military aid.

    http://www.sodahead.com/unite...

    http://www.blacklistednews.co...

    Speaking of military aid, I didn't realize till recently that when we offer military aid, there are strings attached. Call me Mr. naïveté, regarding this subject but, here's an article that suggests just that:

    http://yayacanada.blogspot.co...
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/07/08 19:40:14
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    Rusty Shackleford
    +3
    We are broke.
  • historian 2012/07/08 19:13:10
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    historian
    +2
    Considering the United States is the largest debtor nation in history, the people are debt slaves that pay an "income tax" which is really an interest payment on money borrowed from private banks, out of control spending on every pet project imaginable, and so forth, no foreign aid should be given. People say this is the richest nation, but if that's true why are we drowning in debt to foreign interests? Just because you have a fancy house, car, and toys by going into debt doesn't make you rich, it just means you have a lot of stuff.
  • historian historian 2012/07/08 19:18:18
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    +1
    In addition, what is called "foreign aid" is often more appropriately named "bribe money". It's akin to the relationship between the Federal government and the States within the U.S., where written into bills are clauses that punish the states for noncompliance by withholding federal funds, which happen to come from the people of the very states its being withheld from. On the international scene, the United States gives "aid" to countries to bribe their leaders into following a particular course of action, or bill, and if they do not comply ,they're threatened with not getting promised funds. I would suggest to the States and the sovereign nations of the world to never accept "aid" from the U.S., as the strings that are attached could very well end up strangling you.
  • shotgun the 3rd 2012/07/08 19:08:22
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    shotgun the 3rd
    +3
    fuk foriegn aid its time the UN stand on its own two feet. The only country we should be helping besides our selves is Israel our only true Allie.
  • historian shotgun... 2012/07/08 19:21:38
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    +2
    "The only country we should be helping besides our selves is Israel our only true Allie." Why? I want to know exactly how that state is such an ally that we shoudl designate them as special, the only one acceptable of receiving aid, and how they are the "only true ally". What have they done to earn this status? Do you realize they have the most intense spying operation going against this country? They have stolen nuclear secrets from our nation and sold them to our enemies during the cold war. They attacked our Navy during the war in which they attacked Egypt. They were linked with trucks filled with bombs on 9/11. I just want to know why people keep putting Israel on a pedestal.
  • shotgun... historian 2012/07/09 04:13:07
    shotgun the 3rd
    Links to your info please.
  • historian shotgun... 2012/07/09 05:12:54
    historian
    The espionage old and new-
    Jonathan Pollard(who they're still trying to come up with an excuse to let go while Americans rot in prison for far lesser "crimes", who can forget the famous Rosenbergs, George Koval, et al. Jewish spies who stole nuclear secrets and sold them or passed them along to the enemies of the United States.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com...
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    More recent-
    In the news right now are stories about the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu involved in a nuclear technology smuggling ring.-
    http://original.antiwar.com/s...
    The big flush out of Mossad during the 9/11 attacks, why then and not before?
    http://whatreallyhappened.com...


    I find the fact that some of the spies are "demolitions experts" as disturbing personally.
    Also interesting material to look into the Samson Option, total nuclear destruction if Israel were ever threatened with falling.
    Oh and I almost forgot, the information on the U.S.S. Liberty-
    http://www.gtr5.com/
    Very heart-breaking to think about.

    There are truck loads of info on just how extensive and widespread the infiltration of Israel into the United States military, government, etc is. Have you ever considered why every candidate has to attend AIP...


    The espionage old and new-
    Jonathan Pollard(who they're still trying to come up with an excuse to let go while Americans rot in prison for far lesser "crimes", who can forget the famous Rosenbergs, George Koval, et al. Jewish spies who stole nuclear secrets and sold them or passed them along to the enemies of the United States.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com...
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    More recent-
    In the news right now are stories about the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu involved in a nuclear technology smuggling ring.-
    http://original.antiwar.com/s...
    The big flush out of Mossad during the 9/11 attacks, why then and not before?
    http://whatreallyhappened.com...


    I find the fact that some of the spies are "demolitions experts" as disturbing personally.
    Also interesting material to look into the Samson Option, total nuclear destruction if Israel were ever threatened with falling.
    Oh and I almost forgot, the information on the U.S.S. Liberty-
    http://www.gtr5.com/
    Very heart-breaking to think about.

    There are truck loads of info on just how extensive and widespread the infiltration of Israel into the United States military, government, etc is. Have you ever considered why every candidate has to attend AIPAC? Why Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and went to Jewish religious ceremonies wearing Yarmulkes and even participating in the ritual at what is called the Wailing Wall?
    It should especially disturb Christians who have been misled to think of Pharisees and the persecution and attempted destruction of Christianity as a thing of the past rather than ongoing. Also the attempts to link the two belief systems together in a Judeo-Christian coalition that is competely false to the core when one realizes Judaism is a collection of what is called the Old Testament by Christians, Traditions of Rabbis(Pharisees), and Kabbalah, or mysticism and sorcery.

    You an hardly even approach the subject without being accused of anti-semitism, hate, and so on, when it really has nothing to do with hate or semitism, pro or anti. I don't claim to know it all, but I've seen enough to convince me that at the very least Israel isn't "our best friend and ally".
    (more)
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/07/08 18:52:27
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    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    +3
    If they can't fund themselves they need to try something different. Personal responsibility should be worldwide.
  • Mr. T 2012/07/08 18:47:09 (edited)
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    Mr. T
    +5
    America needs to stop "buying friends". There are humanitarian times when the need is there but Americans have always been the first ones to step up to the plate. The time has come for America to take care of home first and help out in times of great need only.

    PS: Bought friends are only friends as long as you have money.
  • Defendn... Mr. T 2012/07/08 20:53:53
    DefendnProtect
    +1
    So true!
  • NPC 2012/07/08 18:40:13
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    NPC
    +3
    Wish our POTUS candidates would answer this one with a straght face in the upcoming debates. Afghanistan is the 3rd most corrupt nation on earth. We are giving Billions to third world nations and 23 Million Americans are unemployed now !
  • sockpuppet NPC 2012/07/09 03:23:26
    sockpuppet
    Liberals actually support this kind of crap. That's why they're frantic to get as much spending done before the grownups take over again.

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