The United States pays out over $12 billion every year in nonmilitary aid, according to figures I received from Rep. Reid Ribble. Meanwhile, other politicians, such as Rep. Paul Ryan, are seeking to reduce domestic programs like Social Security and Medicare for seniors.
I am 65 and my husband is 80; we worked hard all our productive lives until we retired. Yet our fixed retirement income of Social Security and pensions is just a few thousand above federal poverty level.
At a time when even the bare necessities of food and gas are outrageously priced and rising all the time, we seniors must forgo most luxuries; yet, we find that our government is now squandering our hard-earned tax dollars on aid to other countries.
Worse yet, the recipients are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq and Egypt. These countries continue to engage in wars and violence, depriving their own people of their civil rights. Most of these countries could care less about fostering democracy, using our money as it was intended.
When I pump gas into my vehicle at $4.15 a gallon or pay over $3 for a loaf of bread, I think of that $12 billion being wasted on hostile countries. What is wrong with this picture?