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  •  Well. Foreign aid accounts for less (4+ / 0-)

    Than 1% of the budget if I recall. And that small percentage buys us a whole lot of influence.

    The reason you aren't going to see a debate on it, though, is because no politician is going to take a strong stance against increased aid to Israel. It's just not going to happen. Much less advocating REDUCING the aid.

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      Well. Foreign aid accounts for less Than 1% of the budget if I recall
      US Foreign aid is less than 0.2% of GNI (0.19%) and, as you say, less than 1% of the government's budget. Most is concentrate on payments to Israel, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

      Increasing Overseas Development Aid to the Millennium Goal figure of 0.7% is not only a political issue as this statement makes clear:

      "We accept the moral case for keeping our promises to the world's poorest even when we face challenges at home. When people are dying, we don't believe in finding excuses. We believe in trying to do something about it."
      Those are the words of the Conservative British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

      But ODA is also a tool for increasing national security and even border control. What if all the money the USA has given to Israel over the year had been used to develop the economies of Central America and Mexico? What would the position of the poorest in those countries be like and how many fewer would be so desperate that they risk their lives to get into the USA?

      As for buying influence, one word ... Israel.

      "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 02:18:04 AM PDT

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