$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!!

2012 – You’re Dead To Me… Part Three – You Didn’t Build That!

The Real One Percenters - Small Business People

The Real One Percenters – Small Business People

Pants on Fire! Where’s Politifact When You Need Them?

The Tampa Bay Times Thursday July 26th, 2012 issue, posted this front page headlines…

“Tampa businesses criticize Obama at Romney event, but live off government work.”

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If it takes you 25 years of sweat equity running a ‪small business to make it into the 1% don’t you think there should be a waiver from the Obama administration on his tax on everyone who makes $250,000 or more?

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The Endangered Species, Entrepreneurs, a.k.a. Small Business Owners

President Obama is disingenuous when he says he is championing small business and the middle class.  Most small business owners are Sole Proprietors, Limited Liability Corps (LLCs) or Sub S Corps.  I own a Sub S Corp.  President Obama knows the challenges I face.  He is counting on you, the voter, to lump small business owners like me into his campaign to denigrate the high income earners in this country.Hug

The Regulatory Tidal Wave – Vote Early and Vote Smart

The current path for our country includes tax increases and a tidal wave of more than 4,100 new federal regulations with a calculated cost of a half-billion dollars. This is a reality looming in Washington that has not been pushed to the forefront of discussion as “pending” under the current administration. It is impractical to think that businesses large or small can continue to hire employees without some semblance of predictability on taxes and regulations.Capture

Small Businesses – Over Regulated? Thousands of Community Banks a.k.a Small Businesses May Disappear!

Many community banks and credit unions are small businesses too and are subject to the same laws and regulations facing big banks.  The Feds have closed down 10 of our FI customers, costing them their jobs and costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenues.  Speaking to many of our contacts at these FIs, most closing could have been avoided.

According to several of these sources, the Feds come in at the end of business day, Friday and take over the bank.  One source, described it similar to be treated as a criminal as she was forced to stand outside her cubicle while they accessed her PC.  She was kept there until after midnight.

Recently, an expert on financial services stated “there will be no de novo (startups) financial institutions due to the steep financial requirement and regulations.”

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As the number of community banks and credit unions shrink we are forced to seek new markets.  An added burden to  already burdensome economic conditions.  While the Obama administration panders  to big business, big union and advocates big government, small businesses continue to bear the brunt of over regulation.

This is the official government “fair warning” website regulations.gov.  Be afraid!  Be very afraid!

 

2012 – You’re Dead To Me… Part Two – Reflections

June 2012

Cody and Tug - Lazy dayzEyes wide open… Reflections In the darkest hours of the night, when sleep should prevail, without prejudice, without mercy, questions pour into my head.  I lie awake and I wonder…

Tallahassee Fire Dept Extrication Team 911

Tallahassee Fire Dept Extrication Team 911

May 2012

“If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche  I made a point to take my two young daughters to NYC shortly after 911 even though they missed the ascent to the top of the Statue of Liberty for security reasons, they were able to ascend to the top of the Empire State Building.

April 2012

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Governor Rick Scott

The Tampa Bay Times “Scott Bashing” on the Wrong Track… The Tampa Bay Times in the editorial section of the 04/10/2012 edition AGAIN trashes Governor Rick Scott on the issue of rail.

r-CUSTODIAN-large570Have You Hugged Your Building Custodian Today?  Leadership begins with mutual respect.  The leaders I respect the most lead by example.  Politicians, pundits and the media can go around trying to divide people into haves and have-nots, but there’s really no divide between most of us. 

2012 – You’re Now Dead To Me – Part One – Forewarned is Not Forearmed

2012 – You’re Now Dead To Me… is about my early 2012 blogs – a time when I imagined sanity still ruled the earth.  I blogged a lot about stuff hoping reason would or could prevail.  Nope!

middle seat fullJanuary 2012

The Real Middle Class?  Invisible. The mainstream media and the politicians can’t see us from where they’re sitting.

Getting Religion – People only know you’re a Christian by your Facebook.”

What does “shovel ready” really mean to a small business owner?  It means building a business from the ground up!

What were you thinking?!

What were you thinking?!

Lick of Sense! I wish we could all afford to be like Newt Gingrich.  Gingrich is obviously someone who is used to getting what he wants.  If he doesn’t get it, he throws a childlike tirade.

February 2012

Paul Ryan for President – “America Deserves a Choice”

0_21_101508_Wallenda01Who isn’t afraid of failing?!  The Wallenda factor is just a normal fear of falling!  Who isn’t afraid of falling?!

March 2012

Added Regulatory Burden is a Tax on Community Banks, Credit Unions and Small Business

Lead with Words. Live Free, Not Die! John McCain said we should arm the freedom fighters in Syria.  John needs to spend more time on his iPad.

Alien_movie_poster

Alien Nation a.k.a., The Obamacare Nation, Alien, the movie was all about spreading spores and breeding aliens to prey on mankind, should the spores reach our planet.  Obamacare and its spores are already here.

Don’t hold your breath, but call me maybe, I have more rants in 2012.  I plan on summarizing them just for you, but I’m busy right now, sleeping.

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