The Endless Pit of U.s. Foreign Aid
You hear politicians talk about U.S. foreign aid pretty frequently, but rarely do you hear them ever mention numbers. There is a reason for that. In 2008 we handed out a total of $50 billion dollars in foreign aid to just about every country on the face of the earth, minus North Korea, Iran and Syria. I can only imagine that in the 3 years since this report that number has only gone up. Now, there is a noticeable disparity in amounts between countries. Afghanistan is collecting a hefty $8.9 billion per year while Comoros only get’s a measly $2 million. Eritrea’s $3 million pales in comparison to Iraq’s $7.5 billion.
Those numbers might seem insignificant in the world of government spending, but take a step back. From 2000 to 2008, Iraq has amassed a total of over $51 billion in aid collected, Israel $30 billion, Afghanistan $26 billion, Egypt $19 billion, and even Russia made off with almost $11 billion in our democratic dollars. That’s just the top 5 of a seemingly endless list.
I’m not by any means familiar with the Foreign Aid conundrum so I imagine there are other programs, nooks and crannies in which money is being accounted for elsewhere. I would only expect so much from a government so proficient in half truths and white lies.
Now comes the million dollar question: does this foreign aid accomplish anything? I guess that depends on who you ask. According to The Heritage Foundation – no. They have a very in-depth report on this subject, but overall they claim “about 95 percent of U.S. foreign aid recipients voted against the U.S. in a majority of the non-consensus votes” brought before the United Nations. Yea, they said 95%. I think that number speaks for itself.
Source: U.S. Foreign Economic and Military Aid by the U.S. Census Bureau.