U.S. giving away billions in foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries

Updated March 4, 2013

Washington’s spending insanity continues.

A few days ago Obama’s Sequestration kicked in. The national debt has reached over $16.7 trillion and still they keep spending. The 2013 requests for foreign aid can be found here. “Read it and weep”, as they say!

 

Here’s another story that makes one wonder, “What the hell are they thinking in Washington?” This is from an excellent piece in the Palestine Herald-Press (that it’d be Texas, Mam) written by Gary Connor.

A report titled “Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy” prepared by the Congress Research Service for congressional members lists only the top 15 ranking countries receiving foreign aid from the U.S. in 2010; however, a web site, www.foreignassistance.gov illustrates every country and the amount of U.S. foreign aid recommended for distribution in 2012. Foreign countries completing the 2010 Top 15 List include: Egypt $1.269 billion, Haiti $1,271 billion, Iraq $1,117 billion, Jordan $693 million, Kenya $688 million, Nigeria $614 million, South Africa $578 million, Ethiopia $533 million, Colombia $507 and West Bank/Gaza $96 million. More of the foreign aid recommendations for 2012 are most disturbing. The repressive regimes of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Omar al-Bashir in the Sudan are recommended for $109.9 million and $518.2 million respectively. Further, Russia $64.6 million, Mexico $333.9 million, Cuba $20 million, Somalia $82.3 million, and China $12.8 million are once again on the list for foreign aid next year. The following is only a partial list of proposed foreign aid for 2012. Iraq $2.36 billion, Egypt $1.5 billion, Nepal $93.8 million, India $142.6 million, Bangladesh $266.1 million, Vietnam $125.2 million, Philippines $163.5 million, Indonesia $253.1 million, Israel $3.0 billion, Jordan $675.7 million, Senegal $119.8 million, Liberia $211.4 million, Ivory Coast $142.8 million. Also, Ghana $204.5 million, Nigeria $660.4 million, Democratic Republic of the Congo $261.8 million, South Africa $561.9 million, Mozambique $424.5 million, Zambia $400.7 million, Tanzania $571.8 million, Kenya $751.4 million, Uganda $527.7 million, Columbia $400.2 million, Bolivia $32.7 million, Peru $111 million and Haiti $405.3 million. Foreign aid in smaller million dollar amounts are tagged for Tajikistan, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, New Guinea, Morocco, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Chad, Angola, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Madagascar, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. These are only 61 of the 149 countries recommended to receive U.S. foreign aid next year. Certainly, the long list and the astronomical dollar amounts should send an alarming message to taxpayers and voters.

All of this hasn’t gone unnoticed in the rest of world. The U.K.’s Mail on Line recently noted the U.S. is giving billions of foreign aid dollars to countries that they owe money to including China and Russia! Pray tell, what could be the possible rationale behind these policies? Why are we giving away our precious taxpayer dollars to some of the world’s richest counties when we are essentially broke?

Billions in foreign aid wasted!

The U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries – while at the same time borrowing billions back, according to report seen by Congress. The Congressional Research Service released the report last month which shows that in 2010 the U.S. handed out a total of $1.4bn to 16 foreign countries that held at least $10bn in Treasury securities. Four countries in the world’s top 10 richest received foreign aid last year with China receiving $27.2m, India $126.6m, Brazil $25m, and Russia $71.5m.

Even if this country were flush with cash and we weren’t facing massive unemployment and massive deficits, a foreign aid program that gives money away to countries that don’t need it is asinine at best, criminally lacking common sense and good stewardship.

25 thoughts on “U.S. giving away billions in foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries

  1. george wells

    The Mantra
    ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!
    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.
    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.
    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.
    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?
    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?
    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?
    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

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  2. lifeson

    Why are we giving a single cent away ?? We just incurred another $5 Trillion in borrowing over the last 4 years thanks to Obama. We should not give anything away – AT ALL – unless we have our own house in order.

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  3. Tay

    Cutting foreign aid is so small compared to the overall budget, and that is why we continue to give. Our foreign aid expenditures amount to less than .2% of our total GDP.

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  4. LaTanyia Williams

    I don't get it. One website says we owe Japan, China, Iraq, Iran, and a host of other countries from whom we have borrowed, and have to pay back with inerest. So…..why are we giving them, and paying them too? We should demand that past 'gifts' be credited toward our debt to them, or take them off our charity list. Then negotiate a lower interest rate or 0% interest rate. We could then pay our debts, after which we could resume charitable donations. Right now, we need the charity, and that's a tragedy.

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  6. brian green

    Thank God,Allah. Great Spirit, Yhwh, that the poor and most lower middle class do not vote or are interested in current events, because if they realized no real healthcare, no ssi, no subsidies for U.S. born citizens, because upper middle class and wealthy politicians were cutting out U. S. benefits to give billions in foreign aid, Wow it would be bad.

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  7. Jaysen

    Incredible. I just do not get it. This is insanity. Why are we paying off terrorists? Why are we the USA supporting dictators. Why would Hillary Clinton want to control such a large amount of taxpayer money and give it away indiscriminately? We must put an end to foreign aid altogether with the exception of substantial "natural" disasters.

    If you want to keep your money then vote for Ron Paul in 2012. Because of this and Hillary in particular I have switched my "party affiliation" and am voting Ron Paul. We need our money and it really is a tragedy for many starving American's that this Woman and her syndicate are sooo out of touch with reality.

    Women the next time you want to vote for someone because they are like you please stop and consider their rational qualifications, experience, and intent. I'm disgusted with this madness. America really should be to.

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  8. malcom

    so we borrow money from china only to give it away to ungrateful nations, and to make things worse we expect out citizens to work and pay taxes until they are 80 so they can pay the loans back? whats wrong with this picture? at least 75 percent of nations who vote against the United States in the U.N. are getting some form of aid. Our politicians are so quick to stop or cut off benefits for American Citizens but not for foreign aid. Infact it was the Democrat congress who voted to INCREASE foreign aid to 48 BILLION dollars a year. Up from 38 Biillion. So you tell me, is your government workging for YOU?

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