America is in a financial crisis. Congress and the President have been battling each other in their efforts to cut federal spending and balance the budget. They are looking to see what internal programs can be cut. Where can we trim budgets internally within the US?
Yet at the same time, we are sending billions of dollars to other nations, many of which hate us. For example, in the past ten years, the US has sent over $13B to Pakistan and Obama is currently proposing to send them an additional $3B. Pakistan clearly demonstrated their contempt for the US in how they reacted to the US raid and assignation of bin Laden.
Middle East foreign aid (economic and military) has cost the US over $100B in the past several years. Yet the hotbed of anti-American sentiments are strong in this region of the world.
There are also many programs where the US is spending hundreds of millions of dollars through the world. For example, the US approved spending $50M to fight AIDS in Africa while we have thousands of Americans with life crippling and threatening disease that cannot afford medical treatment.
Anyone familiar with the expression ‘charity begins at home’? I’m not against charity as long as we have the funds for it, but when don’t have the money to take care of ourselves, why are we continuing to give so much to others?
If America’s economy collapses, isn’t that going to adversely affect these other nations anyway? If Congress and the President are serious about cutting the deficit and balancing the budget and averting financial collapse, they need to close our financial borders and keep our money home.