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  • Should the US cut foreign aid??

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    25 posts, 13 voices, 1391 views, started Feb 12, 2011

    Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2011

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      One of the side notes that came out of the recent turmoil in Egypt is that some are pushing for the US to cut all foreign aid. The thought is that this money went to Mubarak’s pockets and not to the people.

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      Those that are for it believe the money would be better spent at home

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      Those that are against feel that we will lose our place of influence in the world

      Do you think we should maintain what we are doing, cut all aid, or something else?

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          Tuliplady wrote Feb 12, 2011
        • I don’t know about cutting all aid.  I’m sure some of it is well spent and actually helps the people it was intended to.
          Cut most of it, YES!  

          I don’t know that it would be better spent at home though.  It’s money that we don’t really have that’s being sent to these countries, so let’s stop sending money we can’t afford and balance our own budget.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Feb 12, 2011
        • This is something I’ve been thinking about for a lot of years. It depends on what the aid from the US is going for and if the government of that country actually cares about aiding their people. The US has sent aid to some countries that so little of it filters down to the people in need. It’s only countries with a dictatorship government that I hate to see us financilly support because our own country has needed help for our citizens for decades.  

          Cathie



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          UK Girl wrote Feb 12, 2011
        • My view is I think about 70% never actually reaches those we think it should - when we see a disaster and people bereft and no place to turn to so we send aid - you can bet your last dollar about 70% is used to barter for arms or to feed the army which represses the people who still suffer .....

          I don’t think if the UK stopped sending aid we would lose our influence in the world - but I’m a big believer in charity begins at home and sometimes we are quick to tell other folk what is wrong with their country when all is not well in our own back yard - just my view



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 12, 2011
        • I think we probably should stop funding, strengthen our countries infrastructures and finance. Then if another country needs our aid then they should have to jump thru the same hoops we make our people jump thru to get aid.



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Feb 12, 2011
        • It’s not about who it helps its about keeping us a power nation. The powers that be has rose our debt so high in the name of keeping the u.s. a power and the sad truth is now we can’t afford not to be one!! There would be no extra money to help our own because we don’t have it and that’s the sad of it but by being a power our country still holds it’s pride even broke and without the citizens are still proud to be Americans and even with all the many faults most wouldn’t want to live elsewhere and that’s partly because we have the power.or seem to.
          So we will continue aide take it away when it serves us to and give it again also when it serves us too. It’s part of the rollercoaster ride we are on as a nation.
          But again I would pick no other place to live it’s damn good here even in the weaker times.
          Hope this made sence and if not I’m claiming morphine and being in hospital with my phone ...lol
          cris



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Feb 13, 2011
        • Thank God lol it( being the whole mess ) goes with the saying “the tangled web we’ve weaved “worried



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          Cathie Beck wrote Feb 13, 2011
        • Sadly, it is about the US remaining a power country and we‘re broke because of it.  

          Cathie



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          Mary Clark wrote Feb 13, 2011
        • I think we should still help others but we need to be VERY SELECTIVE in doing so.  I too am a firm believer for helping our OWN before helping others.  

          I also tend to agree with Vicki...so much of we what we give to other countries doesn’t go where we think it does.  

          I say cut some of it out but not all.



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          Momofthreeprincess wrote Feb 13, 2011
        • I am going to make a point that no one has made.  We have borrowed billions of dollars from China then we turn around and give money to other countries.  Just who the hell are we fooling?



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          Tuliplady wrote Feb 13, 2011
        • Exactly Momofthree!!!!   We‘re not a POWER, we‘re a stinking laughing stock.



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          Anne E wrote Feb 13, 2011
        • I agree with Cris- although I wish we weren’t giving so much foreign aid and I wish we weren’t so quick to forgive the debts of nations that have borrowed from us!



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          Momofthreeprincess wrote Feb 14, 2011
        • "I think our need to borrow from China is more a reflection of our inability to manage our own budgets and our continual increase in spending on stupid stupid projects than it is a reflection of what we give to other nations. We've always given to other nations, we've never had to borrow like this before."  

          You said a whole lot just right there but I do not think that after someone else is in office that it will end the budget problems.  We have are to use to having it all here and when other countries are relizing that they can be the power through the money.  We have priced our jobs out of the country sending them overseas.  We want the lower price items at Wal-Mart but we do not want to pay for the manufactoring here in the U.S.  We have become dependent on those prices so much so that we don’t even bother reading where things are made.  We have become depended on a Global Economy without knowing how we can live by our own means.  Credit here Credit there, We borrow from Pete to Paul all the time.  But we need to learn how to live within our means.



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          Tuliplady wrote Feb 14, 2011
        • I was just listening to a discussion about that new budget and his proposed cuts.  Nobody wants their pet programs cut.  Nobody wants taxes raised.  We‘re going to have to step up as a nation and say, we have to cut the budget, across the board and raise taxes for everyone.. Otherwise nothing is ever, ever going to get us out of this mess.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Feb 15, 2011
        • I agree with you, Tulip. It’s the most logical solution.  

          Cathie



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          UK Girl wrote Feb 15, 2011
        • Okay look at this in today’s headline Daily Mail  

          Why are we giving £1bn aid to India? A nation with three times as many billionaires as we have (and its own space programme)

          Read more: [Link Removed]

          Kind of answers the question really - we should be sorting our own back yard out - if they can afford a space programme they can afford to look after their own starving people !


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          Mary Clark wrote Feb 15, 2011
        • AMEN VICKI!! EXACTLY!!



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          UK Girl wrote Feb 27, 2011
        • As we struggle in the UK I think finally the Government have got the message if we can’t look after our selves then we shouldn’t be looking after others - today it was announced :

          Britain freezes millions in aid to 16 countries after inquiry discovers they are actually no longer in poverty
          Britain freezes millions in aid to 16 countries after inquiry discovers they are actually no longer in poverty - the rest of the story is below
          [Link Removed]

          Now knowing we have free health and excellent benefits and the US doesn’t how long do you think it will be before you guys stop bailing folk out ?


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          Cathie Beck wrote Feb 28, 2011
        • Good question, Vicki... and I have no idea how long it’ll take the US to investigate aid to other countries and if they really need aid.  

          Cathie



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