$37.7 Billion in Foreign Aid in 2012

2012 Foreign Aid

2012 Foreign Aid

Tom Coburn’s $30B Wastebook was publicized recently.  What about foreign aid as a form of big government waste?  This infographic is a representation of where we are  “investing” $37.7B in foreign aid abroad in 2012.  It “appears” to make some sense, but foreign aid has always been a sore spot with many people.

Why not reinvest foreign aid money right here at home on our highways and bridges?  Why give aid to countries run by dictators, who pocket the millions and billions we give them?  What about giving piles of money to countries that hate us?  Will they use it against us?

Here are some of the more acute reader responses to the article from the Blaze

R1: First and foremost from an accounting standpoint this figure is woefully low as it does not break out the aid provided through the DOD and State Department. Second, there has never been good reason to provide charity/aid to countries like Israel and other developed countries. In fact we should be charging them for military assistance and military support in the region.  The US has to get dollars out into the rest of the world to maintain the global reserve status, if they don’t global economies get starved of liquidity and they will reject the US dollar as the global reserve…

R2: The US has to get dollars out into the rest of the world to maintain the global reserve status, if they don’t global economies get starved of liquidity and they will reject the US dollar as the global reserve..

It sounds crazy, but everything is not as you think… the US military, foreign policy, energy policy has one primary goal, “maintain the US dollar as the global reserve” if that is threatened, it is a threat to the US financial system and its stability. The “ponzi” needs to keep the money/debt liquidity game going.

Don’t worry the debt can’t and never will be paid…

R2: It sounds crazy, but everything is not as you think… the US military, foreign policy, energy policy has one primary goal, “maintain the US dollar as the global reserve” if that is threatened, it is a threat to the US financial system and its stability. The “ponzi” needs to keep the money/debt liquidity game going.  Don’t worry the debt can’t and never will be paid…

R3: The constitutional authority to remove, via tax, a citizens funds to be transferred to foreign citizens, organizations or governments? I can see “some” for domestic assistance for Americans, none for foreign.  I also see no prevention of any American privately providing assistance to foreign interests. How does funds removed under threat of jail, asset seizure, fine given to others display a generous populous ? “Only” 1%…yea well we have 20 or so “only” x%…those who can… ADD.  I assume the billions in indirect aid via the multiple standing armies we have worldwide are excluded…of course…that’s different. Meanwhile Vets at home have one horror story after another…less than 1% I guess. The world doesn’t hate us, but they are tired of hearing how much better we are than they are… wouldn’t you? You know that guy that makes the TD catch then stands there pounding his chest about how great he is? We have turned into that guy. If you feel a need to even mention you are “exceptional”…you most certainly are not.

R4: The world hates the U.S.A. because all of our “aid” goes to FATTEN-UP SLAVE-WORLD DICTATORS and guess-what…. what little aid actually gets to their “people” REPLACES all normal ACTUAL food production.”OH, NOW WE DO NOT HAVE TO GROW ANY FOOD. WE GET PAID U.S.A. TAX MONEY NOT TO !! Plus the DICTATORS tell their SLAVES/peons “Guess-what— all the food sent by the enemy is poison!!!” Then the DICTATORS eat the food and sell the rest on the BLACK MARKET!!

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