Texas congressman Ted Poe brings up a point that I have been griping about for decades. There are currently 192 countries in this world. Do you know how many of them to which the United States provides foreign aid? If you guessed over 75% of them, then you would be correct. The United States provides either monetary or military aid or both to 158 nations on this planet.
I find that interesting since it would seem that there are nowhere near 158 nations that stand up for freedom and have common interests with the United States. In fact, often times many of the nations to which we are providing aid are either strategic competitors or downright hate us altogether. I really don’t understand the purpose of spending tax payer dollars in support of such nations like Russia, Cuba, or even Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. These nations do not have our best interests at heart, and as Representative Poe says in the video, I don’t need to pay people to hate me. They can do that on their own.
The problem lies in the fact that the spending authorization for foreign aid comes in the form of one large consolidated bill. Either every nation on the bill gets their tax-payer funded foreign aid or nobody does. Congressman Poe is proposing that we single each nation out and provide for an up or down vote for aid individually for each nation. Now there are some allies that absolutely are in need and indeed deserving of our aid, such as Israel, but I would be willing to bet we could whittle that number of 158 down to low double digits REAL easily. In light of our current fiscal situation, this is an idea that is long past due.