The Trump administration is trying to cut the deadwood from our foreign aid budget. There are two criteria. Is the program a waste of money and why are we giving money to countries that consistently vote against us at the UN?
As long as we subsidize countries who oppose us, they have no incentive to come over to our side. Most African countries and the Palestinians come to mind. Some programs just don’t make sense money-wise.
For instance, we have a program to diversify crops in Bangladesh, diversion programs for felons in Guatemala, funding for solar panels in Central Asia, investments in Guatemalan agricultural technology, and strengthening and controlling other countries’ borders in the Pacific and East, South, and Central Asia. Democrats won’t even allow money to defend our own borders.
The Trump administration is looking to make major cuts to some foreign aid, such as programs promoting crop diversity in Bangladesh, in the hopes of reining in government spending.
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is working with the State Department to identify areas where they can slash foreign spending, primarily on programs they view as wasteful, a senioradministration official told the Daily Caller.
Politico reported on Thursday that the requested cuts sent to Congress in the rescissions package could be as high as $4.3 billion, including $2.3 billion from USAID and $2 billion from the State Department.
“They’d be sabotaging these missions and ensuring untold suffering for millions of innocent civilians who rely on the missions for protection,” Jordie Hannum, executive director of the Better World Campaign, told Politico. “If we cut funds for U.N. Peacekeeping missions around the world, our country will be less safe. This is a direct threat to U.S. national security.”
Wasteful programs and subsidizing countries that fight us at every turn makes us less safe? How?