With a record $16 trillion in debt and a federal government consistently spending a trillion dollars a year more than it has taken in, Congress must address the fundamental issue at hand: a serious overspending problem in Washington. One area of federal spending that has been the focus of recent debate is foreign aid.
For decades, the United States has used foreign assistance to provide humanitarian aid, promote economic development, and foster good governance, often in places where American security interests are at stake.
Despite the cost, some believe that the federal government should continue to provide this funding as an investment to advance the nationâ€™s security, prosperity, and global leadership. Others argue that the United States should end foreign aid and, instead, spend that money on programs for American citizens.
There are four key questions that I believe we must ask in order to assess foreign aid accurately and to determine if it is an appropriate investment of American tax dollars. Does foreign aid to a given region offer the American people return on investment in terms of their own security? Does such aid promote the free flow of goods and materials critical to the success of American trade? Does it protect supply routes and safety for American troops stationed abroad? Does it seriously mitigate the potential impact of disease pandemics?
Question of the week: Do you believe that the United States should continue to utilize foreign assistance as a tool to support our foreign policy?
( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I donâ€™t know.
( ) Other.
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