Far be it for me to talk politics, especially at a time like this when all's quiet on the political front.
That's sarcasm in case this is the first time you've ever read this column.
In the past months, we've heard politicians from both sides of the aisle talk about spending, wasteful and otherwise. I too would like to weigh in on one particular area of what I believe to be wasteful spending.
Can we please stop giving money to countries who repeatedly betray us? As a matter of fact, let's stop giving resources, food and assistance to countries who gladly take our gifts of generosity and then turn around and betray us in a moments notice.
I can't even begin to fathom the amount of dollars sent overseas to "aid" foreign countries that never reach the people for whom it's intended. Yet, we continue to send it, knowing full well it's stuffing some fat cat government official's retirement fund while his people continue to live in abject poverty.
Personally, I admire U.S. church-based mission groups and other volunteers who go to countries and really serve the people, helping to build liveable homes, working water supplies and offer education opportunities. Those aren't wasted dollars or efforts. They reach the people.
So, how much money could we save our strained federal budget if we decided that any country deemed anti-American -- meaning they burn our flag, curse our president, and call for our downfall -- no longer received a penny of support, a grain of food or military backing?
Sure, we have organizations in our own country that have been doing these very same anti-American activities for decades, but we don't really view them as enemies-of-the-state. They're just "activists" who apparently have way too much "government subsidized" time on their hands or jobs which offer ridiculously extended periods of acceptable absence. Most working people can't find time to stand in parks for days on end and burn taxpayer property to make a point.
Come to think of it, I guess I wouldn't have trouble cutting off funding to these "rebels" either. Perhaps then they would be more interested in finding jobs rather than complaining about those who provide them.
But, back to our foreign dollar issues.
Whenever there is a foreign crisis or natural disaster, which country is always at the front of the line with dollars and assistance? And two years later, these same countries which we helped dig out and provide infrastructure for, will be calling us "capitalistic pigs from the West, responsible for the decay of their society."
So I say, let's be a bit more discretionary in our foreign spending. I'm not saying cut everybody off, but we're tossing a lot of money to the wind that's neither getting to those for whom it's intended or buying us any love across the seas.
Face it, we're a pretty self-sustaining country. Is there really anything we don't have that we really need or couldn't manufacture if we needed it?
Perhaps if we saved a few bucks here and there on our obscene spending around the world, for countries who despise us and wish for our demise, maybe ruffling a few feathers here or there, we could start rebuilding our own financial standing. Just a thought.