Most of us have distinct visual memories from one of the most horrific days in U.S. history – September 11, 2001. Many of those visuals are the smoking and collapsing towers, while others are firefighters carrying corpses out of the rubble. Still others are of people screaming and running away from the Trade Center as it fell, while others are of the smoldering aftermath at Ground Zero.
One of my visual memories from that fateful day comes from when television news crews captured reactions from other areas of the world. The one that really stands out in my mind is of Palestinians dancing in the streets, celebrating the terrorism that had just been inflicted upon the most generous country in world history.
Recently, the Obama Administration gave $500 million to the Palestinians and is seeking another $200,000 in aid, despite previous attempts by Congress to freeze that money. But that’s not the only group of people we support despite their hatred for us. We also give $1.5 billion to Egypt, $1 billion to Pakistan and $600 million to Jordan. I wonder how much money we’d be giving to Adolph Hitler and the Nazis if they were still around.
America has a deficit of approximately $17 trillion. Detroit is going bankrupt. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, including children, are wondering where their next meal is going to come from. And yet our government is giving away billions of dollars that we desperately need to people who hate us and would never lift a finger to help us under any circumstances. I have just one question. Why?
Some politicians are wondering the same thing, and fortunately they’re becoming more vocal about it. South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright calls foreign aid a form of redistribution of wealth and says it should only be permissible when the action is vital to our national interests. Senator Mike Lee of Utah says he thinks a lot of Americans have a problem with taxing citizens in order to give it to foreigners.
Former U.S. Representative Ron Paul says, “To me, foreign aid is taking money from poor people in this country and giving it to rich people in poor countries.”
I couldn’t agree more. Continuing to fund countries with ties to radical Islam while the U.S. suffers economically is one of countless insanities our government practices on an ongoing basis.
How do you feel about your tax dollars going to countries where so many of the people hate us? Please let me know how you feel about this very important topic.