It’s a great, big, beautiful world out there. But it can also be an expensive world to American taxpayers.
Congress just approved $12 billion in foreign aid. Now President Clinton wants even more.
Ultimately, American taxpayers should be the boss of whether their money goes abroad, and if so, how much. That’s why we elect representatives so we’ll have folks in Congress who represent our interests. Whatever your feelings on foreign aid, it’s another sign that our representatives in Washington don’t pay much attention to the majority of taxpayers.
A survey by the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland found incredibly that not a single congressman believes the American people support foreign aid. Not one. But they keep sending our money overseas just the same.
In his new book Who Rules America, Eric O’Keefe writes: “Take, for example, foreign aid. Even a cursory glance at the record of Congress demonstrates that they do not think like the folks back home when it comes to matters abroad. Perhaps the political class is right about foreign policy. Why then don’t they take their case to the public that will pay the price?”
Most Americans oppose foreign aid. That’s why those in office who support it should take their case to the people. Instead, career politicians just arrogantly continue to send billions to foreign countries against the known wishes of the public.
When a career Congress just ignores the people on the issue of foreign aid, is the problem really foreign aid, or a foreign Congress?
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.