And Why Are We Giving Money To Foreign Countries?
I meant to write about this a while ago but now it is front and center in the news, again.
US prepares $1B aid package for troubled Ukraine
Since WWII the United States has led the developed world disbursements of foreign aid almost every year.
However, my research on the Constitution, (the law of our land for those that didn’t know) shows that we are not supposed to give money to other countries.
[Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 says that “no money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.”] But that clause says that money can only be appropriated by law. It does not confer upon Congress any additional mandate to spend that they would not have without it.
Borrowing from Bill Lockwood of Patriots4Liberty: “Billions of dollars are squandered annually in overseas projects by one interventionist administration after another.” Then he asks, “Just which constitutional provision allows the Congress or Executive Office of the United States to send money to foreign nations?”
In 2012 the U.S. sent 37.7 BILLION dollars overseas for foreign aid! The reasons given for disbursing all of this foreign aid range from “peace and security” to “governing justly and democratically.”
But just who decided what countries get our money and why?
Some of these countries are in need if you consider famine and genocide “need”. Yet many of the countries don’t need our money because they are rich with natural resources. They just need people to help teach them how to tap into their own well.
As you can see, the top 5 recipients of your hard earned resources are Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Egypt. Special arrangements that benefit these and other countries, combined with aid paid out to them cost Americans nearly $8.5 million each day and thousands of jobs.
So the question is this: Why is this happening? Don’t we need our own resources here? With the unemployment rate and lack of proper infrastructure I think we need to rethink our generosity to foreign lands.
The 2012 outlay alone would have put a large dent in the housing crisis and kept a lot of people in their homes! I think CHARITY starts at home.
Tell me what you think! Post your comment below for us to discuss.