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While reading through Parade magizine, in comes in the weekend paper, I found something interesting about foreign aid



The US will give an estimated $26 billion to foreign aid in 2008 (figures do not include funds related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) More than 150 countries get financial assitance from the US.



Israel - $2.4 billion (most of this will be spent on weapons. Begining 2009 the US plans to give $30 billion over 10 years



Egypt- $1.7 billion ($1.3 billion for weapons, $103 million for edu, $74 million for health care, $45 million to promote civic pareticipation and human rights



Pakistan - $798 million ($330 million for security, $20 million for infrastructure)



Jordan - $688 million ($326 million to fight terrorism, $163 million cash payment to the Jordan government)



Kenya - $586 million ($501 million to fight A

How do you think that Foreign Aid should be handled? Should the US really be pumping BILLIONS of dollars into other countries every year while they can't take care of their own?

  • Foreign Aid is fine the way it is

    5%
  • We should be able to choose where we give Foreign Aid

    14%
  • Foreign Aid should be lessen while we are in resession

    52%
  • The US should not do Foreign Aid

    28%
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megkel
Submitted by at 9:33 AM on Dec. 15, 2008
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How do you think that Foreign Aid should be handled? Should the US really be pumping BILLIONS of dollars into other countries every year while they can't take care of their own?

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megkel
Submitted by at 9:33 AM on Dec. 15, 2008
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  • lori9878
    Submitted by   at 10:35 AM on December 15, 2008

    Foreign aid is a terrible idea--it usually creates more problems than it solves. Since we're the poorest nation on earth (considering that we have more national debt than we can ever hope to pay--more debt than all other nations' debts COMBINED), I'd say that we would do well to put that money to more practical uses.

  • AmaliaD
    Submitted by   at 9:46 PM on December 15, 2008

    okay lori, i think that if you believe the us to be the "poorest nation" you are truly uneducated. check this out, just a 60 minutes story about an advancement in Africa in their food struggles, i dont know aNYONE in america that needs that and i work at a school with 97% free lunches... http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/19/60minutes/main3386661.shtml

  • AmaliaD
    Submitted by   at 9:46 PM on December 15, 2008

    i meant that i dont knwo anyone who needs the stuff the story is about (stuff is called "plumpy nut")

  • lori9878
    Submitted by   at 10:40 PM on December 15, 2008

    Amalia, you call me uneducated, but it seems that you are the one who doesn't understand how debt works.

    Maybe this example will make it a little clearer for you: Imagine a family that has a really nice house--full of beautiful and expensive furniture, a big-screen TV, and all the finest luxuries that credit can buy. Now imagine that they can no longer make the payments on their house and belongings. What happens to them? They LOSE IT ALL. They are poor, because they have no real assets, only debt. This is called "living beyond your means" and the US has been doing it for DECADES.

    I'm not kidding when I say that the US has more debt than all other indebted nations combined. The bills are coming due, and the financial crisis we've seen so far is child's play compared to what may be just around the corner.

  • megkel
    Submitted by   at 10:33 AM on December 16, 2008

    I just don't understand how we are funding other countries and yet we cannot fund our own public schools. We are funding other countries security and yet cannot keep immigrants from coming over in droves illegally. We are giving them money for jobs and government however the min wage is at $6 and people are loosing their jobs/homes left and right. While I do not blame the government entirelyI do think they made credit way to easy to obtain. Instead of bailing out big business they should look at cleaning off people's personal debt (ieschool loans) so they can start anew in this horrible economy  

  • mesmoreyez...
    Submitted by   at 3:10 PM on December 16, 2008

    Foreign aid is very important. I will def say that we probably need to lower what we are giving but our foreign aid brings peace and business from other countries. It is what makes people look at America and think we are the greatest country. Foreign aid is a necessity to global responsibility and stability.

  • allgirls
    Submitted by   at 1:27 AM on December 19, 2008

    I think that foreign aid is very important but when you do not have the money you do not give it. If we were not so dang far in debt that would be different.

  • realtorshe...
    Submitted by   at 8:29 PM on December 21, 2008

    Foreign aid is necessary for good foreign relations. The United States is one of the richest nations. Those poor unfortunate people who "lose it all" need to learn a thing or two about personal responsibility and delaying gratification.

  • lori9878
    Submitted by   at 10:17 AM on December 22, 2008

    So, Realtor, do you also believe that "poor unfortunate GOVERNMENTS who lose it all need to learn a thing or two about personal responsibility and delaying gratification"?

    My previous comment to which you referred was an EXAMPLE of how our government is behaving.

    If people are intent on believing that the US is wealthy, they are living in a fantasy world. "Wealth" built on DEBT, is not wealth at all.

  • Stuffed_Ba...
    Submitted by   at 7:16 PM on December 23, 2008

    Foreign aid is great, when we have the money to give. I don't want to sound like a grinch, but we have our own problems. We have starving families in this country. We have children who don't receive the medical care that they need. We have children at risk because we do not have the social structure we need to pump into the child protective services. The elderly freeze in the winter because they do not have the money for power. You can go on and on. Our school systems, medical systems, social programs, etc....

    Before we try and take care of others with our tax money, we need to take care of the tax payers here.

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