Jan Helfeld, investigative journalist, asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) if he was against foreign aid:
“No,” Graham said. “Smart foreign aid, I’m against giving money to dictators, but we must invest in the world. Africa, George Bush did a great thing by helping people avoid being decimated by AIDS and malaria. I do believe the 1% of the budget we have in foreign assistance needs to be maintained.”
“But foreign aid is redistribution of wealth right?” asked Helfeld.
“No, it’s not,” said Graham. “It’s helping friends and allies at the time you need friends and allies.”
Reuters reported that the U.S. State Department and foreign aid budget escaped devastating cuts in a fiscal 2012 spending plan that Congress has approved, and according to the Huffington Post, the United States recently has continued to pump around $50 billion in aid to other countries each year.
Ironically, those countries who receive the most foreign aid from U.S. taxpayers are the ones who hate America the most.
Here are the top recipients of U.S. foreign aid who harbors anti-American sentiments according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.
Egypt – $1.5 Billion
Palestinians – $500 Million
Jordan – $600 Million
Pakistan – $1 Billion
Foreign Aid is Redistribution of Wealth
In contrast to Graham’s statement above, South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright told theGreenvillePost.com,
“Foreign aid is, in the strictest sense, a form of redistribution of wealth, since it is a transfer of wealth from one group of people to another. As such, it should only be permissible when the action is vital to our national interests. For instance, we should not be in the practice of sending American treasure abroad when the recipients are historically inclined to violent, anti-American action (i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood). There needs to be an attitude of "America first" that keeps in mind the consequences of inappropriate foreign entanglements and the buildup of national debt.”
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) echoes Bright’s statement when recently asked if he is in favor of taxing American citizens in order to give it to foreigners.
“I think there are so many problems with that. And I think a lot of Americans have a problem with that, too.”
Concerned citizens continue to voice their frustration with the U.S. government funding countries with ties to radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood, while states in the U.S. continue to suffer economically.
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Right Side News
By: Joshua Cook
July 29, 2013