Despite America’s position in the world as a powerful nation, many Americans believe we are routinely taken advantage of by the rest of the world, from NATO to China. They think our treaties have been poorly crafted to our disadvantage. Any amount spent on foreign aid is seen as a waste since so many of us think the beneficiaries of our generosity still hate us and seek to destroy us.
Where is the line between doing our civic duty in the world and spending wisely when it comes to foreign aid?
The U.S. government has a history of setting aside foreign aid money for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. However, the Trump administration isn’t satisfied with providing even $200 million to Palestine and has announced that it is redirecting that money to higher priority projects.read more
Foreign aid money is less than 1 percent of the federal budget, yet President Trump wants to zero it out. However, cutting the foreign aid budget would do little to promote American interests and may even do more to hurt our economy and promote international terrorism than it would to protect Americans or help our economy.read more
Republicans in Congress are pushing to end US foreign aid to Pakistan, a move that could create international instability and weaken the U.S.’s bargaining power. On Tuesday Congressmen Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Thomas Massie of Kentucky introduced the...read more
One of the common misconceptions about foreign aid is that it takes up a huge portion of the federal budget—one reason many people think of it as a scandalous use of taxpayer money. However, according to government agency USAID, it actually makes up less than 1% of...read more
On Tuesday, January 9, California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) dropped a bombshell on the American public: she unilaterally released the full transcript of the Judiciary Committee’s interview with Glenn R. Simpson of Fusion GPS, the firm that produced a dossier in...read more
President Trump gave a major foreign policy speech this past week at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in which he outlined a radical new, America First direction for US foreign policy. Instead of a US foreign policy based on multi-lateral...read more
Myth: The average American believes foreign aid is 31% of the federal budget. Fact: Our entire foreign aid budget is only 1% of the budget, or about what we pay for three aircraft carriers. America is strong, and we all believe we can and should use that strength to...read more