RE ER in AFSay hello to "Mad Bob" in Zimbabwe for us. I
wonder how much foreign aid his country receives.yes I agree that
the huge amount of borrowed money for foreign aid returns to our military
industrial complex for weapons systems.It is my feeling that
Military Foreign Aid is the equilivent of "Corporate Welfare" for the
Defense Industries with one exception. Do you know which country is allowed to
spend a large portion of their Military Aid Dollars with in their own economy?
We jointly develop systems in that country as if we did not have the
capabilities in our own country to do it. At times that technology that we paid
to have developed in that country is sold to the Chinese.I feel a
lot of the foreign aid is designed to placate domestic pressure groups. In my opinion it is really not to smart to borrow money to give it away
in the form of foreign aid even if some of it comes back to our defense
industries.A unjust transfer of wealth from my acount to the account
of the "Military Industrial Complex."
I am not sure where I stand on this issue. I work overseas and see the
recipients of the non-mil-aid. They need it. Do we have the cash to give it?
One thing this article and 99% of others like it is the way money is given in
Mil-aid. We give a country an account for $X. They can spend their $X with any
US contractor. No French jets, no Russian helos. So where does the money go?
To a defense contractor who pays the salary of all its workers and the community
it is in and taxes to all levels of government. I point this out, we are not
just sending pallets of cash to other countries to spend as they wish.Now aid. I am not sure about this because we usually give them what we think
they need rather than what they say they want. Like we know what is best for
them, our "children". Would you want to have someone come into your
home and remodel your kitchen they color and way they think is "best"
for you?Yeah. Going to Zimbabwe next, I'll tell you how it is
If we are unable to adequately fund health care and education and roads here in
the United States perhaps we ought not to be giving money away over seas?If we need to borrow the money to give it away over seas in the form of
foreign aid perhaps we ought not to do it?Personally I find it
interesting that the number one recepient of US foreign aid for the past 50 or
60 years is not even mentioned in the article, Why?. Israel receives annually
more than $3,000,000,000. I have been to Israel and they are not a third world
country like Africa.In my opinon foreign aid other than food aid is
just another word for "Corporate Welfare" for the defense industry.
Foreign aid is a waste to money. Where has it actually changed anything over
time? Other countries are so corrupt that pouring tax money in is like
throwing it away. Look at all the money we have poured into Haiti...is it any
different. We need to face facts that money is not the problem... Liberals
love to waste tax money and then beg for more. The best solution for the third
world countries is for us not to become one, but to let private groups try to
help if they want, but realize that nothing will change until the people and
governments change. There never will be enough fish to take care of people who
won't or can't learn to fish.
What country would you guess is $1 in US foreign aid? Here's a clue. It
starts with "I", but isn't Iceland, Ireland or Italy. This country
has had top dog status with us for decades, through administrations of both
parties. Who wants to take the job of telling this country that the aid party is
Current foreign aid and all the proposed alternatives are nice ideas, with the
best of intentions.But, we can no longer afford to be giving
billions of dollars borrowed from other countries away to various nations, most
of whom hate us, or at the minimum do not support us when we ask for their
help.Sorry, guys, you are on your own. Maybe you will be able to
give foreign aid to thers someday, but the U.S. cannot afford this luxury any
more, so it is stopping immediately.But, if anyone insists this is
the most important of all priorities, then tell us which other spending programs
you will cancel to be able to pay for foreign aid. "Nothing" is not an