Is there a better way for US to spend $37 billion in foreign aid?

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  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    RE ER in AF

    Say 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."

  • ER in AF Baghdad, 00
    Sept. 7, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    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 going there.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    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.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 7, 2013 4:43 a.m.

    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 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.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    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 over?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    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 acceptable answer.