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Old August 8th, 2011, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Manuel View Post
I dis-agree on foreign aid. because if you cut 1% here and 2% there it's a step in the right direction.


While it's certainly true that small cuts can eventually add up, it's also true that it's necessary to honestly evaluate the benefit to the nation of the investments we make. Your position carries the implication that all foreign aid is either useless or of minimal value at best.

There's another side to that argument that says that while there are obviously abuses and political excesses, much of what we do overseas is not only reasonable, but in some ways necessary, and certainly in our own national interest.

Again, it's all about honest and thoughful evaluation on a case-by-case basis, and painting with too broad a brush is dangerous. Unfortunately, most politicians aren't thoughtful enough to make the distinctions.
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