Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) Says U.S. Foreign Aid Is a "Moral Obligation"Submitted by pawnstorm12 on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 16:48
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???
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)...
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...
And here is an article about Adam Smith and his philosophy about foreign aid and the CRIMINAL agency U.S.A.I.D.
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.