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Tag: foreign aid


FISCAL CLIFF: It’s time to bite the bullet

There are a number of ways that we could begin to cope with the absolutely disastrous financial situation we are in, but none of them are popular with most of the people who would have to make any meaningful sacrifices.

Just raising taxes on the rich would not even begin to solve the problem. All of us will have to make do with a little less if we can ever hope to turn the situation around.

In addition to significantly raising taxes on wealthy people, I would strongly support government spending cuts in a number of areas (including some that

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ECONOMY: Turn out the lights, the party’s over

Back when Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and “Dandy Don” Meredith introduced America to Monday Night Football, if a game became a lost cause for one of the teams, Dandy Don would sing, ‘’Turn out the lights, the party’s over.” That pretty well sums up what was once the American dream.

Twenty-three million Americans are unemployed while 15 million illegal aliens are here doing work those U.S. citizens could be doing and are receiving government benefits while demanding amnesty and full citizenship. Forty-seven million people are getting food stamps that can be used to buy fillet minion and lobster. Unemployment compensation

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HEALTH: World can help children live longer

Remember the sights, sounds and feelings from your child or grandchild’s 5th birthday party and the joy and changes experienced during those first five years of life. Now, consider the 20,000 children dying every day from treatable and preventable diseases.

Remarkably, in the past 30 years, the number of children dying every year around the world has been cut in half because of global partners working together to get simple vaccines and antibiotics to children to fight common killers like pneumonia and diarrhea.

This week, world leaders are gathering in Washington, D.C., for a “Call to Action” co-hosted by the

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U.S.: Ideas for saving the country

Here are four suggestions for saving our country.

• Term limits on elected legislators (national and state). Career politicians have lost sight, refuse to recognize or understand what the people of this country want. Most have never had a “real” job.

• Cut foreign aid to countries that hate us (which is most of them).

• Review the social programs that have created the “entitlement mentality.”

• Bring our troops back home. Saving the world cannot be our priority when we have people with no jobs. This alone could create the money required to save Social Security for our children.

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VACCINES: Immunizing kids is win-win for all

I was very happy to see that the U.S. has pledged support for the GAVI Alliance (a public/private global health partnership to immunize children in the poorest countries). Today, more than 30 common infectious diseases are preventable with vaccines.

By the end of 2010, GAVI-funded vaccines had prevented more than 5 million future deaths caused by hepatitis B, Hib (H. influenza type b), pertussis, measles, yellow fever and polio, as well as new vaccines against pneumonia, meningitis and diarrhea. And that’s not including millions more who would have suffered debilitating illness and/or permanent disability.

Aside from the fact that this

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FOREIGN AID: U.S. can help children around the world

People in the streets of Nairobi will be singing praises to the U.S. for help in saving their children from death by pneumococcal disease and rotavirus. Each year 800,000 and 500,000 deaths respectively around the world. If the U.S. pledges funds next week at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) as developing and other donor governments and non-governmental organizations will do; we will be well remembered all over the world.

GAVI is focused on rapidly increasing access to new vaccines as they become available and in keeping the costs down. If the U.S. will pledge $450 million over

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WAR: U.S. should put its own house in order first

What a enigmatic foreign aid policy is apparent here in the United States.

We will bomb a country in the name of humanity or defense and then supply weapons and ammunition to that country as long as they have oil or a supposed political philosophy akin to ours. Then at our cost we will send contractors to rebuild everything that was destroyed.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we are going broke. We have unemployment, porous borders, cities in decay, drug problems, border difficulties and a screaming deficit. How can this be?

My mother had a simple motto: “Be sure to

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CONGRESS: Support for foreign aid also supports U.S. jobs

Very soon the U.S. House and Senate will have to get together on a spending bill for 2011. At this point, Congress has voted for deep cuts in foreign aid spending.

Some people think the U.S. spends more than 25 percent of the U.S. budget on foreign aid. Actually we spend less than 1 percent on poverty-focused foreign aid programs. Even former Bush administration official Michael Gerson called the cuts “both irrelevant and destructive” in a lengthy Washington Post column. He also said, “No one can reasonably claim that the budget crisis exists because America spends too much on bed

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