Rand Paul's foreign aid views rile colleaguesSubmitted by Calgary4Paul on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 14:52
"For months, Paul has been trying to stop US financial assistance to Pakistan until that nation releases Dr. Shakil Afridi, imprisoned by the government after he helped find Osama bin Laden, who was subsequently killed by American forces.
Kentucky’s junior senator also wants to stop aid to Libya and Egypt until they apprehend those responsible for the recent attacks on US diplomatic posts. In Libya, four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.
“The vast majority of the Senate is going to vote for unlimited, unrestricted foreign aid,” Paul said in Senate floor remarks. “I will probably lose this vote, but ... when we go home and ask our friends: ‘Should we be sending money to countries that disrespect us, to countries that burn our flag?’ I think most will find that 80 to 90 percent of the American people wouldn’t send another penny.
“That may be why Congress has about a 10 percent approval rating,” the senator added. “They don’t get it.”