With the U.S. government scrambling to pay its bills, we desperately need to make responsible decisions. Many people actually believe that our foreign aid is 20 percent or more of our federal budget. In fact it is actually less than .5 percent. Less than one half of one percent of our federal budget goes to international development assistance! In 1965 it was 2.75 percent.
Microfinance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and the Global Partnership for Education have empowered millions of women and their families to work their way out of extreme poverty through tiny loans, enabled …