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Show Of Hands November 19th, 2014 3:27pm

Some say that the U.S. should continue to give foreign financial aid to allies because it helps developing countries and buys us greater influence than we would otherwise have. Agree?

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inthehole
11/22/14 11:48 pm

Broke countries break countries.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
11/21/14 3:39 pm

The problem is that some numnuts in the white house writes checks to countries that hate us. Audit every country: friend or for? Iran, Af-Pak: you get squat! China: one more hacker and all our factories relocate the next day!

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ziplock
11/22/14 4:57 am

Foreign assistance is authorized by Congress and implemented by he executive branch.

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
11/21/14 11:58 am

We should try to overhaul our broken mental health system, actually work at our education system instead of throwing money at it and seeing if it works, paying off our credit (our deficit, to other countries) get a welfare to work program working.

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
11/21/14 11:58 am

etc, work to fix our borders. THAN we can work a deal...

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
11/21/14 5:01 am

Our foreign aid buys us no influence!! Most of those countries hate what we stand for.

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themahcrow Louisiana
11/20/14 8:10 pm

Let's use that money to pay down America's credit card bill.

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Lucidra
11/20/14 8:10 pm

How are you gonna help other countries out when we're currently like trillions of dollars in debt? They're only increasing the national debt and sooner or later another country is gonna say pay up, which puts your own citizens in harms way.

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Seanas541 Lucedale, MS
11/20/14 7:10 pm

Considering how negatively the rest of the world views America helping out is hopefully a good thing It also makes us look like a crackhead helping an alcoholic get clean because the problems we have and we're trying to help others

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theNobamist Silicon Valley
11/21/14 3:40 pm

And Obummer was going to "transform the world opinion of America". Went down, didn't it.

JHawk3205 MD
11/20/14 2:37 pm

It's just leverage. It maintains the alliance better..

honeypot
11/20/14 1:44 pm

On one side, we should always help and be the big brother. On the other, we are so darn broke we should probably get our own shit together...

bamaboy33
11/20/14 12:56 pm

Even the republican senators from Alabama support foreign aid. That says it all.

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TiredofIt Texas
11/20/14 8:41 am

I think it's funny that there isn't a single cause that Dems don't want us to give tons of money to. Do you libs want to pay higher taxes? I know I don't so why should just a few people you are jealous of have to?

krestep USMC VFW
11/20/14 4:17 am

It's never a bad idea to give aid to people in need, but it is a bad idea to hand out money you don't really have.

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SpecialAgent3D lake mills, wi
11/20/14 1:00 am

There is only so much we can do. We DO so much already. Don't cut it off but cap it and give it out to the most deserving and in the most efficient form so that the help actually helps. Also STOP GIVING MONEY TO ISREAL. THEY ARE RICH....please!!!!!

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gprohc south
11/19/14 10:27 pm

never give cash. only infrastructure food and military protection.

GloMom
11/19/14 10:16 pm

We need the money ourselves ... Stop adding to the out of control deficit we already have

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Bugaboo Battle Ground, WA
11/19/14 9:44 pm

Foreign aid should only be to aid developing countries.

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kobebryant Texas
11/19/14 9:39 pm

"Foreign aid" is just a clever term for the US to mask the constant proxy wars that they fight, usually in the name of Zionism.

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kobebryant Texas
11/19/14 9:37 pm

We should stop enforcing the border between India and Pakistan and start focusing are efforts on our own unsecure border.

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LordAF
11/19/14 8:44 pm

"Hey let's fork over taxpayer money to countries for free, instead of paying off our massive debt."

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Spiritof76 USA 1776
11/19/14 8:09 pm

I'd like for my influence to be earned, not bought, thank you Feds.

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sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
11/19/14 6:25 pm

Foreign aid should come with not strings but ROPES attached...equal or greater value in goods, services, land or mineral rights based on the amount of aid provided. I've always wondered why we don't own all of Kuwait and Iraq for what we gave them.

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sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
11/19/14 6:28 pm

With all their oil, we should be THE driving force in OPEC. But what do we do? Fix infrastructure set up hospitals, schools, mosques, reestablished government and order, build back their cities, feed and water their citizens and for what?

RJ1969 SoCal
11/19/14 6:51 pm

Uh, so we can use the Suez Canal?

RJ1969 SoCal
11/19/14 7:03 pm

That's worth hundreds of billions a year in commerce for us. I'd say that's a good deal.

Rotavele Alabama
11/19/14 7:26 pm

Because we turned Iraq to shit.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
11/19/14 7:29 pm

How do you turn shit to shit? Iraq was, is and always will be a shithole.

Rotavele Alabama
11/19/14 7:32 pm

You're probably thinking of Afghanistan. Iraq has always been an ok place as far as development wise. Even in biblical times as Babylon.

pappaledu
11/19/14 5:44 pm

Not if we have to print money to do it

JDR Arkansas
11/19/14 9:42 pm

Until inflation smacks us in the face.

dirkdd
11/19/14 4:40 pm

We've been doing it for decades. What do we have to show for it?

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NorthAmerican
11/19/14 3:53 pm

You people must be kidding me. You guys really think that cutting on foreign aid will help us with our debt problem? Why not cut military spending? magazine.good.is/infographics/infographic-u-s-military-spending-versus-foreign-aid#open

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
11/19/14 6:29 pm

No, but it will stop the dysfunctional benevolence. Maybe spend that money to care for US Citizens.

Ernest Make it so
11/19/14 7:07 pm

Why not cut the biggest 2 expenses we have? 1) Social Security 2) Medicaid. Why skip the first two and jump to number three? I'm not being wholly serious, but I am trying to prove a point.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/19/14 3:40 pm

The influence and goodwill we buy only lasts until the first missed payday. The influence and goodwill we earn (not that we've earned any lately) lasts generations.

hoosierwisdom inner voice
11/19/14 3:08 pm

Key word is "allies", which mean it's goes both ways

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ldsmom02
11/19/14 2:54 pm

I haven't seen it get us anything ever. Especially now.

jalapeno verdadero
11/19/14 2:34 pm

Foreign aid is about .5% of our budget. I'm not concerned about it either way. Medicare, Medicaid, and defense are the ones that worry me.

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jalapeno verdadero
11/19/14 4:28 pm

Pardon me, it's .19% so yeah, not concerned.

gsgrandpa
11/19/14 2:23 pm

I think the key word is "allies". Some of the countries we give money to don't act like allies.

dfish at home
11/19/14 2:22 pm

It's irresponsible to give out money when you're in debt

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CudOfCow Oregon
11/19/14 2:04 pm

I think its a viable strategy to gain influence and exposure. Although it doesnt seem to make sense when we are in debt. If i was personally in debt Id focus on paying my own bills first.

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Injectable Mojave Mo Problems
11/19/14 1:55 pm

The thing that bugs me most is that there seem to be no real strings attached to it. We hand it out and eventually have to keep handing it out because if we don't our unstable puppet government will fall, and apparently that beats the democratic way.

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cheeseontop FactsOverFeelings
11/19/14 1:54 pm

Using the US Gov's definition of allies: heck no, mine:yes.

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vstrom Washington
11/19/14 1:50 pm

You do know where that foreign aid money goes right? The answer is not to the people.

jDinOR Oregon
11/19/14 1:15 pm

I hate the idea, but it's a necessary evil.

Henry123 Connecticut
11/19/14 1:32 pm

Why is it necessary? We were pretty isolated for a lot of our history?

I'm not saying I don't think we should be involved in the world I'm just saying it's not 100% necessary

dudley northern Virginia woods
11/19/14 1:06 pm

Yes, but it should be carefully reexamined regularly . Automatic donations can go to the wrong places .

Toranius California
11/19/14 12:36 pm

Foreign aid, makes up about 1% or the budget, it helps hundreds of millions of people around the world, and it gives the U.S. a lot of influence in World Politics. For the love of God. Why do people regard it so negatively.

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ScrewU Gone
11/19/14 12:44 pm

Because it's our money. There's no authority in the constitution to give it away.

Toranius California
11/19/14 12:51 pm

Article 1: Section 8
The Congress shall have the power:
1. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debt and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.

Toranius California
11/19/14 12:52 pm

It's in there alright. Whether Foreign aid is in favor of the General Welfare of the United States? That's debatable. But it seems to have made the world better...and the U.S. happens to be in the world.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
11/19/14 7:24 pm

Made the world better? Are you high? Have you looked at the condition of those countries "receiving" our aid?

Rotavele Alabama
11/19/14 7:25 pm

Sdbrev would you like to see them before our help or without it?

Rotavele Alabama
11/19/14 7:25 pm

We give them food most Americans would consider themselves too good to eat.

Toranius California
11/19/14 9:28 pm

Sdbrev. Have you ever been to a Third World Country? I highly doubt that. The number of people in the world that rely on foreign aid just for their food and water would astonish you.

Toranius California
11/19/14 9:29 pm

While we here in the US, are literally throwing away and estimated 50% of the food we eat, and we can't spare one stinking penny per tax dollar to help someone who would be

Toranius California
11/19/14 9:29 pm

totally satisfied with eating one tenth of the amount of food the average American consumes.

Toranius California
11/19/14 9:31 pm

The fact that so many of my fellow countrymen think so narrowly and selfishly, absolutely makes me sick.

ScrewU Gone
11/20/14 7:24 am

Bull. Americans give a tremendous amount to charity on top of what is taken from them by force to give away.

Rotavele Alabama
11/20/14 7:52 am

Because it lowers their taxes.

Toranius California
11/20/14 10:23 am

Yep. By about 1 little percent. It's okay though. That little 1 percent only pays for the lives of a couple hundred million people per year. I mean, God forbid that I be forced to pay for something useless.

vin woof
11/19/14 12:17 pm

Yes since we're trillions in debt. It's the least we can do and give more away until the debt reaches infinity.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
11/19/14 11:46 am

Not neccessarily...we would still have influence over most of the planet, especially the poor bc they know they make more money with us than without us. Even if we are taking advantage of them.

truenuff
11/19/14 11:38 am

Absolutely no money for any other country period.

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Shell4323
11/19/14 11:32 am

We don't even have enough money to help ourselves

leader77 California
11/19/14 10:49 am

Not a huge fan of giving away US tax dollars to other countries. However, if these nations were to receive monetary support from our enemies instead, we would have some serious problems.

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bnnt Los Angeles
11/19/14 10:47 am

No. We're deep in debt. That should be taken of first before giving money away.

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curtron basement of the Alamo
11/19/14 10:14 am

If we could afford it I might be more willing to support it. Until then I vote nay

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ncbuc Get Over It
11/19/14 10:03 am

Because it's worked splendidly so far right? No...

STOP IT!

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Rotavele Alabama
11/19/14 10:40 am

I'm sorry but 1 shipment of foreign aid going bad is not worth stopping thousands of packages going out. Without USAid a lot of people would die. Including probably half of North Korea.

ncbuc Get Over It
11/19/14 11:35 am

Nothing to be sorry over. I understand your opinion, which doesn't change mine.

political Georgia
11/19/14 9:55 am

Key word ALLIES! Pakistan is not one of our ALLIES!

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DonWichita Kansas
11/19/14 10:19 am

Don't support those who are against us.

political Georgia
11/19/14 1:19 pm

Correct! Such a hard concept to grasp.

bogusbasin
11/19/14 9:46 am

No $$ to allies or enemies, how bout we take care of our own first. then after we pay off our national debt , if we have a surplus , we help other countries.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/19/14 9:43 am

Allies? Yes.
"Palestine"? Never.
Saudi Arabia? Nope!
Qatar? Oh, HELL no.

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fuhgahwz bourgeois nihilist
11/20/14 5:03 pm

If you could extrapolate on how Saudi Arabia isn't an ally that would be interesting- as they have historically been a huge representative of U.S interests in the region, and have been a great trade partner.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/21/14 3:15 am

And they financed the 9/11 hijackers, and have been secret sponsors of a world of terrorism. You do realize that Osama bin Laden was from Saudi Arabia, and al-Qaeda had its roots in Wahhabi Islam in Saudi Arabia, right?

Nos4at2 demented weirdo
11/19/14 9:36 am

why are we buying their friendship, they should be buying ours

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JDR Arkansas
11/19/14 11:21 am

This is Reddy Roosevelt's America anymore...

JDR Arkansas
11/19/14 11:22 am

Teddy*. Autocorrect is being difficult again.

JDR Arkansas
11/19/14 11:23 am

And isn't*. You know what, I'm going to give up on writing for the day lol.