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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:37 PM
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Pennies for Haiti, Billions for Israel, Egypt
Rush Limbaugh is quite right to question why American taxpayers ought to be required to spend another red cent on Haiti. The problem is that El Rushbo -as well as his critics - are looking at the wrong data and so the debate has gone off in a fruitless direction.

"We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax,'" Limbaugh said earlier this week. Considering the enormity of the Haitian tragedy, which is unfolding in real-time across our television sets and computer screens, that was pure Ebenezer Scrooge. Limbaugh's suggestion invited reproach from many. Even Republicans like Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan expressed dismay. But making this into a referendum on whether Limbaugh has a heart of lead leads nowhere. He was doing what he gets paid to do as a radio provocateur. Besides, he relishes the attention.

Actually, Limbaugh deserves a thank you - even from his harshest detractors -because his rant inadvertently raises an important issue that demands a closer look. I'm talking about the outdated calculus of considerations Washington uses to decide how to spend its foreign aid budget. Foreign aid is a long-standing instrument of U. S. foreign policy. In fiscal 2008, the government offered financial assistance to 154 nations. Starting with the Marshall Plan (1948-1951) and the rebuilding of Europe, development assistance was viewed as a way to check Soviet growth. In the aftermath of the end of the Cold War, however, Washington refocused its foreign aid on more regional issues, and since 2001 the new emphasis has included the battle against terrorism.

But consider this: in fiscal 1998 Haiti received $106 million from the U.S, the No. 9 nation among foreign aid recipients. Ten years later, it didn't even make the top 15 list.

Compare that to the more than $5 billion paid out to Israel and Egypt.

MORE...

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/01/16/blogs/coopscorn...
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:44 PM
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1. My question is why do we send Israel and Egypt $5 billion?
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:56 PM
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4. It was part of the Camp David peace accords
and the subsequent Wye River agreement. We pay them not to kill one another.
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vadawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:54 PM
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8. yup pretty much its a bribe not to go to war and enflame the whole middle east
probuably worth every cent in the long run...
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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:01 PM
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9. Plus, a good chunk of that cash comes back to DC laundered through AIPAC.
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 08:02 PM by NorthCarolina
Among the best-known critical works about AIPAC is The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, by University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government professor Stephen Walt. In the working paper and resulting book they accuse AIPAC of being "the most powerful and best known" component of a larger pro-Israel lobby that distorts American foreign policy. They write:<4>

"AIPAC's success is due to its ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support its agenda, and to punish those who challenge it. ... AIPAC makes sure that its friends get strong financial support from the myriad pro-Israel PACs. Those seen as hostile to Israel, on the other hand, can be sure that AIPAC will direct campaign contributions to their political opponents. ... The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress. Open debate about U.S. policy towards Israel does not occur there, even though that policy has important consequences for the entire world."

AIPAC has also been the subject of criticism by prominent politicians including Representative Dave Obey of Wisconsin,<40> former Senator Mike Gravel,<41> and former Representative Cynthia McKinney.<42>

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Israel_Public_Aff...
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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:45 PM
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2. Not to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars spent (wasted) to take down Cuba every year.
Last time anyone looked, Cuba ranks among the highest in international rankings for their universal health care and education systems, and sustainability .... and yet US tax dollars are spent to overthrow the Cuban regime that is also helping Haitians cope with disaster (and has been - long term).












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Bobbieo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:55 PM
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3. I sure wish Linbaugh's liver will overtake him, soon!
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:58 PM
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5. Apples and oranges.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:12 PM
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6. You donate to Israel and Egypt - what charities do you use for the victims of the earthquake there?
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 07:13 PM by stray cat
:shrug:
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:48 PM
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7. You lost me at limpballs being 'quite right'.
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Tejas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:03 PM
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10. and $0 for Detroit - nt
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vadawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:08 PM
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12. well if detroit threatened to attack canada then mayb y they might get some bribes for peace as well
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:06 PM
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11. ""Actually, Limbaugh deserves a thank you" Fuck that racist pig. n/t
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:24 PM
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13. Locking
Inflammatory and highly likely to turn into a thread more appropriate for the I/P forum.

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