Your tax dollars overseas.
BETWEEN THE LINES: How much foreign aid does the U.S. government provide? It is worth a brief review.
Though U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the United States (at Notre Dame in 2000) "one of the least generous" nations in the world, that is laughable. During the four decades or so after World War 11, the U.S. supplied more than a trillion dollars in bilateral aid. Washington still provides more foreign aid than any other country. (Keep in mind, however, when governments hand over other people's money, that isn't generosity--it's theft.)
President Bush, singing a different tune than in pre-election days, has pledged a 50 percent increase in ODA (Official Development Assistance) by 2006, not counting $15 billion aimed at AIDS and other diseases primarily in Africa.
Foreign aid also fuels corruption. British economist Peter Bauer often said that foreign aid represents taxing poor people in rich countries to benefit rich people in poor countries. And there's always another rat hole into which to toss money: Recent reports indicate that Washington may start aiding Muammar Qaddafi's Libyan dictatorship.
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|Title Annotation:||Between The Lines|
|Author:||Hoar, William P.|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2004|
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