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Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) Says U.S. Foreign Aid Is a "Moral Obligation"

But I will be asking this rat (since I'm in his district unfortunately), the following:

WHERE IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION DOES IT AUTHORIZE YOU AS AN ELECTED MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO TAKE ONE PENNY FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS AND RE-DISTRIBUTE IT TO ANY OTHER NATION???

WHERE?

AND DIDN'T YOU TAKE AN OATH TO FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION???

I've read the entire Constitution and nowhere does it say our government can do this.

Specifically in the enumerated powers of Article 1 Section 8.

Here is the episode (from C-SPAN)...
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Assistancea

Here is about halfway through during a particularly bad segment where Smith slams the private sector for being "profit driven" when they give to foreign projects NOT using government money...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ormq7pmCydI&feature=player_de...

And here is an article about Adam Smith and his philosophy about foreign aid and the CRIMINAL agency U.S.A.I.D.

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Global ‘Reforming Aid’ Seminar Draws Experts On International Development

In August (2011), local development organization Global Washington hosted a discussion between policymakers and experts on foreign assistance and effective modes of reforming aid to meet today’s global challenges.

Adam joined a panel at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall that included Paul Weisenfeld of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security; Kent R. Hill Senior Vice President, International Programs, World Vision; and Sophia Belay, Microinsurance Program Coordinator, Oxfam America.

Adam talked about the importance of foreign assistance during today’s dire budget situation.

“Global Stability,” he said, “is important for national security, further eco-nomic interests in terms of access to foreign markets and global health, as diseases do not recognize national boundaries.”

He also applauded the efforts made by USAID Admin-istrator Rajiv Shah to make the case for funding of more efficient aid programs, but pointed out some im-provements that could be made to the structure of America’s aid delivery.

The congressman drew a comparison between UK’s Department for International Development, (DFID) and USAID. He pointed out that DFID, as an independent ministry, prioritizes the goal of reducing poverty and controls 95% of the budg-et. Meanwhile, USAID exists as one of the 37 agencies responsible for foreign assistance delivery with limited control over the budget.

Adam strongly recommended the DFID model, saying “We need to have a clear set of goals, focused on reducing poverty, and one person in charge.”

Adam finished by arguing that the public needs to send a clear message to their elected officials, including two key points: “1) Foreign aid is not a lot of money, and 2) it does impact all of us, both the moral obligation and from the view of countering instability in the world.”

During the meeting, Smith heard from concerned citi-zens who highlighted the need for job growth, addressing our mounting national debt and deficits, regulation of Wall Street, and worries about the future of programs like Social Security.




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Mother Bleeeeeeep

I'm in Smith's District as well (NE Tacoma/Fed way). He will always vote DEMOCRAT, regardless of who or what he's voting on.

Just like Murray (D-WA).
Just like Cantwell (D-WA).

And I can't vote them out because Diebold says so.

Hey Pawnstorm: were you at the freighthouse during the Precinct Caucasus last election?

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

It is ironic and unfortunate

It is ironic and unfortunate that he bears the same name as the author of "The Wealth of Nations"...

True - It is a disgrace to the memory of the REAL Adam Smith.

The idiot Smith needs to read some of the real Smith's writings.

"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

Funny

I saw your comment in the side bar, and I thought you were talking about that online lefty economist movement that claims Adam Smith was proto-communist. It's something like, "Well, after making his economic observations Smith argues how horrible it all is, and claims the King should step in and set up regulations and boundaries and councils to make everything fair." Those people make my head spin, mental loop-de-loops you know (it has to the do with the way lefties presume the truth of marxist social and economic theory, and THEN go on to analyze the rest of the world, so darn convoluted), but anyway they're good for a weird laugh.

Anyway, I'm pleased that your reference to the REAL Adam Smith is one to the actually real, REAL Adam Smith.

He free to send as much money as he wants.

It is immoral to steal from others for money to send.

Free includes debt-free!

That's right. Charity is one thing...but when the government...

...taxes us and gives it away in our name, that is THEFT.

The problem is that Americans have confused theft with charity because their government has indoctrinated them from an early age that foreign aid is "just part of what the government does."

Then they show the plight of the poor nations.

But the FACT is that foreign aid starts at the lobbyist level because many U.S. based businesses profit greatly from foreign aid.

That's because there is small print requiring much of the aid we give away to be spent on American goods and services (like Egypt who must spend 33% of their aid on U.S. made military weapons).

It's as immoral as possible to steal our tax money and have it end up being spent on weapons for foreign nations.

But the defense contractors laugh all the way to the bank.

"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

What an easy Bust!

Respectfully let him know that you know he's not only an oathbreaker, he's just another opportunist working for The network of global corporate control. (If he was in Congress from 2007 on, then he's been informed by Karen Hudes.)

And send him the link to the study-
http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1107/1107.5728v2.pdf

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

Smith became a U.S. Congressman in 1996. Thanks for the study.

Smith won his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 by defeating another incumbent Republican, religious conservative Randy Tate.

Smith hasn't faced serious opposition since, and has turned what was originally drawn as a "fair fight" district into a fairly safe Democratic seat.

After redistricting in 2012, Washington's 9th district became the state's first with a majority of residents who are racial or ethnic minorities.
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I'm starting to think this rat is one of the worst in congress.

The next time I'm in a bad mood, I'm going to write him an email he's not going to like too much.

And since he's my congressman (unfortunately), he WILL get the email.

"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

Redistricting put me

in Sheila Jackson Lee's district. I won't even go there--she's beyond ridiculous...she's surreal.

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

That's why they redistrict - to get rid of people like you...

...who might dare to question their socialist/communist actions.

I've heard that in the 14th district of Texas they tried for years to redistrict Ron Paul out of his elected office, but they failed.

In WA-State it's a different story.

SAY WA???

"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

Adam Smith (D) = Douche

At least that's how i see it

Love Liberty, be Vigilant

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Faith in God will prevail all things!

B.S.

"Foreign Aid" in this context is bribery and extortion. Either these people are stooped or they think we are. We are not.

Get em! Adam Smith is a

Get em! Adam Smith is a freaking globalist rat and a war monger! You're lucky that he's in your district, imagine all the fun you can have ruining his next election and primarying your friends against him!

;-)

60 to 80% of US aid??? Is used to buy "THINGS" from the US military Complex!! They force the country that gets the AIDlol to buy our Weapons!!! The rest, The friendly government steals!!! People get WELL.. Nothin!
fascism aint it grand!!
Like Gen.Motors... Wonder where all them car sales come from? ;-))Peace!

Ah now I get it.

Steal from Americans, extorted theft called tax. Send stolen money to IzUnReal to acomplish Palastin genocide. And what does this guy say?

Its a MORAL RESPONSIBILITY? What EXTORTION and THEFT to fund GENOCIED is this guys moral oblligation. He is a evil person. With evil morality.

sovereign

Israel is not mentioned

The biggest recpritant is the UN which members from Islam outnumber ALL, and which represent Palestine, who is enslved by Islam and the UN, not Israel.

Not only is it not authorized for congress to do this...

...the country is BROKE so we don't even have the money to GIVE away.

And not that I advocate giving away tax money to anyone (because there should BE no tax money to GIVE away in the first place), but with many Americans living in the same kind of poverty as the nations we give money to, it's even MORE of a head scratcher.

Let's remember, many of the people living on the streets of America once paid INTO the federal tax pool.

Yet as they live in poverty (for whatever reason), their country dares to give away money by the billions each year to "poorer" people around the world.

It's partly because those agencies created to GIVE AWAY the money, profit handsomely by administering the give-aways (namely the criminal agency U.S.A.I.D.).

AND...many U.S. domestic companies get a lot of that "foreign aid" money back when the receiving nations are forced to buy U.S.-made goods like military equipment, infrastructure goods and services, food etc, with a percentage of the money they receive.

Egypt for example, must use about 1/3 of its U.S. foreign aid money to buy military products made in the USA.

THAT is why lobbyists from domestic companies petition members of congress to give away all that money because they will get a lot of it.

But what about all the businesses and citizens who DON'T profit from foreign aid, yet they're forced to pay tax money to the federal government to fund foreign aid.

Foreign aid is one of THE MOST CRIMINAL of all the anti-constitutional, anti-liberty mischief the federal government participates in.

"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

SteveMT's picture

Is invading other countries a moral obligation, also?

This neocon Congressman would probably say 'yes,' and try to justify why.

Foreign aid - an Amoral obligation

Didn't take much to fix that.

deacon's picture

heh heh heh

nice comment,You get an "A" for effort :)
deacon

setting your expectations to high,can cause depressiuon

So foreign aid is a MORAL OBLIGATION???

I know - I'm just a mean man to think that our government shouldn't steal from us (via taxes) and give it away to foreign nations.

"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 is

Because we have been the reason for the disporea's of so many nations in the ME due to wars and Islam chasing USA aupporters out of their native countries, it becomes our moral, not constitutional obligation. If we were more religious, it would be parishoners who could be depended upon to do this, but since the secular government has taken over the religious, and since they are the ones who hold the majority of jobs, it become moral in that it's their tax money, not the millions of Americasn who live off their tax money as well.

Huh? You totally lost me Granger...

...But it's not the first time.

"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

“Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people

of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country” - Ron Paul, Speech at CPAC 2011