Letter: Adjust our aid disbursement
Thursday, August 4, 2011
I agree with Mitchell Heynemann’s July 24 letter, “Only give money you can spare,” that it would be good for our country to cut back on foreign aid. What a different and better world it would be if the United States decided to stop providing military aid to our “friends,” estimated at $19.5 billion in 2010. Next, how about eliminating the economic aid that lines the pockets of multinational corporations and corrupt governments? I’d be reluctant to reduce our humanitarian aid, since the U.S. already ranks near the bottom (16 out of 23) on the Humanitarian Response Index. But it might still net out better for the world if stopping U.S. humanitarian aid was required as part of the package. If we quit supporting the hurting, then there won’t be as much healing to be done.