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"Why do we continue to send foreign aid to other countries when we need all the help we can get for ourselves?"
The question, posed to the Republican presidential candidates during their
There are answers to that question that many Americans will accept, if leaders have the guts to offer them. Counting defense and diplomacy, the United States spends a lot keeping the peace and promoting freedom and prosperity around the world, but pure foreign aid is a minuscule part of the budget — a little more than 1 percent. That money, leveraging donations from other nations, helps keep alive millions of people, many of them parents of children who would otherwise be orphaned. It helps prevent some nations from becoming failed states that would spawn security threats to the
So there are answers. But you wouldn't have known that Tuesday night. Rep. Ron Paul,
It's sad that, only three years after the George W. Bush presidency, no candidate defended foreign aid as a marker of American generosity and a transmitter of American values. Bush ramped up