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People Are Dying In New York While U.S. Sends Billions In Foreign Aid

Nothing burns me up more regarding federal spending than the billions upon billions of dollars given away by the United States to other countries each year.

Don't get me wrong - I don't believe the federal government should be involved in any welfare, but if they are going to give away BILLIONS of dollars each year, WHY NOT KEEP IT HERE???

Since the latest storm, people have been begging for help in places like Staten Island, and are in danger of starvation or hypothermia as winter come on.

Yet each year, the federal government continues to give away untold billions of dollars to Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Ethiopia, Sudan, Colombia, Kenya, Jordan, Mexico, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Russia, Uganda, Nigeria, Georgia, Mozambique, Congo, Indonesia, Zambia, Kazakhstan AND THOSE ARE JUST THE TOP 24 COUNTRIES. It goes on and on from there.

I suggest a total end to U.S. foreign aid to EVERY country immediately, and to redirect those funds.

We could do one of two things (or a combination of the two) with that money.

1. Current foreign aid monies could be used to help pay down the massive U.S federal debt.

2. It could be re-directed to an emergency fund (for the United States ONLY) for when natural disasters or other events occur.

This would NOT be used to rebuild people's homes (That's what insurance is for), but rather for extremely dire situations like what is happening in New York RIGHT NOW.

People are having to drink water from fire hydrants.

They're stuck in high rises with no elevators.

They're out of food, no electricity, no water, no heat, no fuel.

YET we continue to give away THEIR MONEY ot other countries.

Not only does it not make sense, it's absolutly IMMORAL to thieve from American citizens (through taxation), and GIVE IT TO FOREIGN NATIONS.

Organizations like U.S.A.I.D. (who profit from the U.S. foreign aid programs), should first be abolished and then prosecuted for treason against the United States.



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I'll tell you what else burns

I'll tell you what else burns me up too....the fact that the federal govt lists "preppers" as terrorists while FEMA says yes, prepare. That really makes me mad.

I wish just one pissed off New Yorker would mention this...

...when interviewed by some film crew.

I wish they would say it on camera on a national news network.

At least it might get some of the people thinking.

Unfortunately, very few if any of them realize this themselves.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

It's true we're a prosperous nation compared to some others but

...goodwill should come from charitable giving - not forced by the central government.

Because a large percentage of the citizens who the federal government takes from (to redistribute around the world) are hurting badly themselves.

It goes completely against the principles of liberty on which we were founded.

Our founders would be utterly incensed.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Makes Sense to Me

...unlike NY, at least there's still hope for some of those foreign countries.

In the late 1960s, the city of Seattle went dark.

The US Navy tied the USS Enterprise, the largest nuclear carrier to the pier and the Enterprise supplied power to the city.

How, why can't they do the same thing again to take the load off of the Con Ed generating plants?

because there is physical damage

to the distribution system, trees were downed and cable vaults flooded etc.

The U.S. is certainly not in

The U.S. is certainly not in any condition even close to what some people in Nigeria or Congo are feeling(broken....elevators for example), but the foreign aid does need to be stripped immediately. It doesn't just need to be stripped for legal reasons. It skews the markets of those countries terribly and impoverishes those who have no access, creating a huge class gap. That's what happens when a fixed amount of resources are rationed like Christmas presents, distracting native people from the locations where their own resources are being stolen from them.

Relax. I get your point. We

Relax. I get your point.

We spend about 22 billion on foreign aid a year.

Just as a comparison, we spend about 90 billion on food stamps and 300 billion federally on Medicaid.

People in this country are getting enough welfare.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

We PAY for Medicare/Medicaid through payroll deductions.

We're FORCED to do so. They call them entitlements. They shouldn't exist either but that's another subject.

Sounds like you don't have any problem with sending 22 billion dollars away to other countries.

But WHERE in the U.S. constitution does it authorize that???

By your logic a little stealing is OK if it is smaller compared to much larger theivery.

Weird.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

We pay for our own Medicare.

We pay for our own Medicare. We don't pay for medicaid.

I have issues with 22 billion being sent overseas (and some of it is what I consider spending necessary to maintain diplomacy. For example, sending 10 million to Haiti is a diplomatic necessity). But there are much bigger fish to fry.

I mean, was the Louisiana purchase unconstitutional? We have away taxpayer money to foreigners. Congress DOES have the power to pass treaties, and to spend money as appropriated by law.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

We'll just have to agree to disagree.

If you have to buy your friends, then they're not your friends.

I know a man from Senagal for instance, who grew up watching untold amounts of U.S. foreign aid go to their leaders - not them.

He has told me stories of food recieved from U.S. aid programs spoiling by the tons because of the inefficiency and corrupt nature of government aid programs - on both the giving and receiving ends.

You will never convince me that even one penny of U.S. foreign aid is necessary, moral or authorized by the U.S. constitution as it was written.

If you want to AMEND the Constitution to say that a proper role of our federal government is to give away American citizens' hard-earned money, then that's a different discussion.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

I might add organizations like the World Bank...

...International Monetary Fund, the U.N., WTO etc.

They are nothing more than re-distribution programs aimed right at the United States' taxpayer.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul