Can we stop all foreign aid now and pay down our debt?

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Initial post: May 4, 2007 1:38:31 PM PDT
S. ead says:
We're done as a world leader. We didn't ask for the power. All it has gotten us is criticism and scorn. It's time to pull our heads back in our shell and stop being the world police.

Disaster strikes? Call China or Russia. Starving people due to corrupt government officials selling the grain from the UN? Maybe Chavez will give you some money, because we know loaning money is evil.

Don't call us for help when you find your freedom gone.

We're tired of wiping rears and providing food clothing and monetary assistance. Time for some tough love, time for the world to grow up and learn to do for itself.

We've paid for more than our share rebuilding countries where we have toppled oppressive governments and replaced them with democracies.

We'd like a divorce please. Find another sugar daddy, our pockets are bare.

We'd like to do nothing more than sit back drink a beer, eat some barbecue, go fishing, watch a ball game on TV and relax. We are due for a vacation. We're tired of being a world power. Someone else can have the job and the headaches.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2007 8:57:44 PM PDT
Youssif says:
First, foreign aid consumes a very small portion of our budget. Second, isolationism is NOT a good answer. Re-negotiation of the distribution of costs and benefits is, but it has to be done multilaterally. It is not participation in the world that is costing us so much, it is our current unilateralism. The isolationism you appear to recommend is very, very bad for the United States.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2008 1:39:46 AM PDT
open ears says:
The U.S needs a global market to which American goods can be exported, so that the economy keeps going. U.S efforts in dropping trade barriers, or the effort to make the world use Monsanto's altered seeds are but 2 examples. The world aid is but a tool to facilitate U.S involvement in other countries. You saw the good results of the U.S aid to Europe past WWII: Now the U.S has a finger in every European pie, builds bases in areas it has "liberated" and sends money to, applies pressures, and so on. So, no, the U.S cannot abandon the strategic tool called "aid".
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