"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
"Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn
Is it advisable for us to continue to provide military aid to countries that commit human rights violations, even though they support our interest in ME oil?
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
All well in good, but that will take care of approximately .2% of the deficit. Average annual foreign aid is about $25 Billion to all nations. Deficit is 1.4 Trillion.
So how we gonna fix the other 99.8%?
This is honestly what bothers me about these things. We have glaring problems in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and a MASSIVELY bloated defense budget. But instead of taking care of those things; which would actually have impact, the current Congress will pretend they're doing things by going after programs that amount to .2% or in some cases (Corporation for Public Broadcasting), .01%.
So, if we eliminate foreign aid and the CPB, that would take care of .21% of the deficit.
If you were a person and you were spending more than you made would you first cut iceberg lettuce out of your budget or would you get rid of your second home?
Saudi Arabia would be nothing without us.
We just picked one of their random tribal warlords and gave him tanks, that's why they like us now.
All foreign aid should be cut and enough of the military welfare we give to Europe, Parts of Asia, Latin America and Africa. If people want to give money to these nations they should be free to do so via private charities, not tax payer theft.
Jackboots always come in matched pairs, a left boot and a right boot.
Even a isolationist can be right once or twice. However politco wasn't trying to paint Rand Paul as a isolationist.Rand Paul, like his father, is an isolationist.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
1) Cut ALL foreign aid. This includes Israel, Europe, Africa, and everywhere else. America should aid it's own first. America first. Period.
2) The cold war is over. We need to cut our military bases by at least half. There is no excuse to bust the budget, whether by excessive welfare programs for our citizens, or welfare to the military-industrial complex. Let's also include welfare for the banksters in this.
Budget cuts doesn't mean cut all programs which I don't like, but give the programs I like a pass. It means making hard choices over the whole spectrum, and trimming what we need to trim, in order to get to a point where we are once again fiscally responsible. THIS is what Rand Paul was talking about. We can't give away money that we desperately need ourselves. Did you know that, during the winter storm we just had, Texas ended up receiving foreign aid from Mexico, in the form of electricity? This is totally unacceptable. We need to take care of our own first, before we even begin to think about taking care of other nations. Foreign aid in better times? Sure. But these are not better times. It is time to trim the fat, and look after our own first, and as a voting citizen, this is what I demand from Barack O'Bummer and Joe Bite Me.
Last edited by danarhea; 02-06-11 at 02:08 PM.
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