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    Trump Proposes Cutting Foreign Aid by 37%

    Another shortsighted, penny wise and pound foolish idea from the idiot in chief. Fortunately, Congress is unlikely to do such a stupid thing.

    A big target for President Trump's budget cutting turns out to be foreign aid:

    The Trump administration is proposing to cut spending by 37% for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budget, according to a person familiar with the budget deliberations....One U.S. official said that the State Department is looking at development assistance to other countries as a significant source for the cuts.

    ....“That is definitely dead on arrival,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) told reporters Tuesday, saying the proposed State Department budget “puts our diplomats at risk.”

    This is the perfect Trump budget cut. Congress will turn down these cuts almost instantly, and anyway, there's not even much money there (foreign aid accounts for about 1 percent of federal spending). However, the American public has long been convinced that foreign aid is a huge part of the budget, so Trump's base will view this as a bold action to rein in our spiraling federal debt. It's cynical, ignorant, futile, and makes for brilliant PR. What could possibly be more Trumpian?
    Today Brings Us the Most Trumpian Budget Cut Ever | Mother Jones

    “The State Department, USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Peace Corps and other development agencies are critical to preventing conflict and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way,” the letter said. “As Secretary James Mattis said while Commander of U.S. Central Command, ‘If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.’”
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    the Globalist/Marxist/Secular/Humanist/Progressive cohort are going to stroke out before the end of Trump's tenure.

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    Good.

    We can redirect those funds towards Veterans, the elderly (Who have paid IN to Social Security, their entire lives...), and our own infrastructure.

    NOTE: I don't pay "protection" money to the ex-convict bum, that lives under the bridge, down the street, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    the Globalist/Marxist/Secular/Humanist/Progressive cohort are going to stroke out before the end of Trump's tenure.
    I don't mind reducing foreign aid. Lets start cutting the billions.

    I have real doubts Trump is going to cut any funds from Israel's 3 billion annual gift.

    Trump said he is not the world's president.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rorschach View Post
    Good.

    We can redirect those funds towards Veterans, the elderly (Who have paid IN to Social Security, their entire lives...), and our own infrastructure.

    NOTE: I don't pay "protection" money to the ex-convict bum, that lives under the bridge, down the street, either.
    Has Trump proposed increasing the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs? Last I checked, Trump was reducing funding for all agencies other than the Department of Defense, which operates from a different cabinet department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    I don't mind reducing foreign aid. Lets start cutting the billions.

    I have real doubts Trump is going to cut any funds from Israel's 3 billion annual gift.

    Trump said he is not the world's president.
    Most of the money that goes to Israel is in the form of U.S.-manufactured military tech - which employs U.S. citizens. This doesn't completely offset the cost, obviously, but it's not like we're just signing them a check so they can blow it all on skee-ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Has Trump proposed increasing the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs? Last I checked, Trump was reducing funding for all agencies other than the Department of Defense, which operates from a different cabinet department.
    Does it make you sad, that we aren't funding the societies of people who despise us?

    You know...Trump is NOT the typical Politician.

    Perhaps, he is somewhat reluctant to spend money we don't have, choosing, instead to FIND the money, and redirect it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    I don't mind reducing foreign aid. Lets start cutting the billions.

    I have real doubts Trump is going to cut any funds from Israel's 3 billion annual gift.

    Trump said he is not the world's president.

    Same here, if it was guaranteed that a decrease in foreign aid could be earmarked for infrastructure or the VA, go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    the Globalist/Marxist/Secular/Humanist/Progressive cohort are going to stroke out before the end of Trump's tenure.
    As Secretary James Mattis said while Commander of U.S. Central Command, ‘If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.’”


    Surely it is nothing less than DOWNRIGHT FUNNY that webrockk evidently believes that our new Secretary of Defense James 'Mad Dog' Mattis is part of "the Globalist/Marxist/Secular/Humanist/Progressive cohort."

    DOWNRIGHT FUNNY!!
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