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Here’s $5.9 billion to help with the U.S. budget

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 25, 2011

These are numbers from 2008, and old, but you will get the point.

Why are  we looking to cut domestic programs to get under the debt ceiling and get closer (he he) to a balanced budget? Why are we so quick to cut domestic programs when we pay out all this foreign aid? Are we the world’s martyrs?

Why not simply cut 10% of the US foreign Aid to each country we support?  Don’t touch their military aid. We don’t want to hurt their sovereignty. Cut the economic aid.  We Americans are tightening our belts, why shouldn’t they share in the tightening?

We simply don’t have the money!

If we cut 10% of our foreign aid (economic aid only), we save $5.9 billion!

Table 1298. U.S. Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country: 2008

 

Cutting only Economic Aid.  Leaving Military Aid Untouched.

[In millions of dollars (16,836 represents $16,836,000,000). 2008.

 

2008

 

Region/Country

Total Economic & Military

Economic

Military

Cut Economic Aid by 10%

Savings to U.S. Budget (in $ millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

$                     53,243

$ 5,915.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit indicator

 




 

Afghanistan

8,892

2,880

6,012

$                        2,592

$                     288.00

Albania

46

43

3

$                             39

$                          4.30

Algeria

13

12

1

$                             11

$                          1.20

Angola

58

58

0

$                             52

$                          5.80

Antigua and Barbuda

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Argentina

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

Armenia

221

217

4

$                           195

$                        21.70

Austria

11

11

0

$                             10

$                          1.10

Azerbaijan

37

33

4

$                             30

$                          3.30

Bahamas

20

19

1

$                             17

$                          1.90

Bahrain

6

1

5

$                               1

$                          0.10

Bangladesh

171

170

1

$                           153

$                        17.00

Barbados

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Belarus

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Belgium

24

24

0

$                             22

$                          2.40

Belize

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

Benin

94

94

0

$                             85

$                          9.40

Bhutan

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Bolivia

128

128

0

$                           115

$                        12.80

Bosnia and Herzegovina

36

32

4

$                             29

$                          3.20

Botswana

211

210

1

$                           189

$                        21.00

Brazil

38

38

0

$                             34

$                          3.80

Bulgaria

26

18

8

$                             16

$                          1.80

Burkina Faso

42

42

0

$                             38

$                          4.20

Burma (Myanmar)

83

83

0

$                             75

$                          8.30

Burundi

46

46

0

$                             41

$                          4.60

Cambodia

76

75

1

$                             68

$                          7.50

Cameroon

20

20

0

$                             18

$                          2.00

Cape Verde

18

18

0

$                             16

$                          1.80

Central African Republic

31

31

0

$                             28

$                          3.10

Chad

127

127

0

$                           114

$                        12.70

Chile

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

China (P.R. Hong Kong)

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

China (P.R.C.)

103

103

0

$                             93

$                        10.30

China (Tibet)

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

China, Republic of (Taiwan)

21

21

0

$                             19

$                          2.10

Colombia

888

834

54

$                           751

$                        83.40

Comoros

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Congo (Brazzaville)

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Congo (Kinshasa) \2

255

249

6

$                           224

$                        24.90

Costa Rica

9

9

0

$                               8

$                          0.90

Cote d’Ivoire

79

79

0

$                             71

$                          7.90

Croatia

5

5

0

$                               5

$                          0.50

Cuba

32

32

0

$                             29

$                          3.20

Cyprus

17

17

0

$                             15

$                          1.70

Czech Republic

8

4

4

$                               4

$                          0.40

Djibouti

10

8

2

$                               7

$                          0.80

Dominican Republic

53

52

1

$                             47

$                          5.20

Ecuador

51

51

0

$                             46

$                          5.10

Egypt

1,492

201

1,291

$                           181

$                        20.10

El Salvador

223

216

7

$                           194

$                        21.60

Equatorial Guinea

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Eritrea

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Estonia

11

8

3

$                               7

$                          0.80

Ethiopia

1,008

1,007

1

$                           906

$                     100.70

Fiji

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

France

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

Gabon

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Gambia

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Georgia

274

264

10

$                           238

$                        26.40

Germany

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Ghana

230

229

1

$                           206

$                        22.90

Greece

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Grenada

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Guatemala

111

111

0

$                           100

$                        11.10

Guinea

26

26

0

$                             23

$                          2.60

Guinea-Bissau

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Guyana

29

29

0

$                             26

$                          2.90

Haiti

310

309

1

$                           278

$                        30.90

Honduras

74

72

2

$                             65

$                          7.20

Hungary

30

28

2

$                             25

$                          2.80

India

147

146

1

$                           131

$                        14.60

Indonesia

208

194

14

$                           175

$                        19.40

Iran

7

7

0

$                               6

$                          0.70

Iraq

7,452

3,083

4,369

$                        2,775

$                     308.30

Ireland

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Israel

2,425

44

2,381

$                             40

$                          4.40

Jamaica

22

21

1

$                             19

$                          2.10

Japan

4

4

0

$                               4

$                          0.40

Jordan

833

532

301

$                           479

$                        53.20

Kazakhstan

111

109

2

$                             98

$                        10.90

Kenya

719

718

1

$                           646

$                        71.80

Kiribati

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Korea Republic

6

6

0

$                               5

$                          0.60

Korea, Democratic Republic

188

188

0

$                           169

$                        18.80

Kosovo

207

207

0

$                           186

$                        20.70

Kuwait

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Kyrgyzstan

76

74

2

$                             67

$                          7.40

Laos

7

7

0

$                               6

$                          0.70

Latvia

9

6

3

$                               5

$                          0.60

Lebanon

195

187

8

$                           168

$                        18.70

Lesotho

362

362

0

$                           326

$                        36.20

Liberia

221

133

88

$                           120

$                        13.30

Libya

10

10

0

$                               9

$                          1.00

Lithuania

5

2

3

$                               2

$                          0.20

Macedonia

31

28

3

$                             25

$                          2.80

Madagascar

119

119

0

$                           107

$                        11.90

Malawi

103

103

0

$                             93

$                        10.30

Malaysia

53

52

1

$                             47

$                          5.20

Maldives

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Mali

142

142

0

$                           128

$                        14.20

Malta

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Marshall Islands

47

47

0

$                             42

$                          4.70

Mauritania

24

24

0

$                             22

$                          2.40

Mauritius

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Mexico

95

95

0

$                             86

$                          9.50

Micronesia (Federated States)

80

80

0

$                             72

$                          8.00

Moldova

20

19

1

$                             17

$                          1.90

Mongolia

326

324

2

$                           292

$                        32.40

Montenegro

10

10

0

$                               9

$                          1.00

Morocco

696

691

5

$                           622

$                        69.10

Mozambique

799

799

0

$                           719

$                        79.90

Namibia

129

129

0

$                           116

$                        12.90

Nepal

106

105

1

$                             95

$                        10.50

Netherlands

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Nicaragua

145

143

2

$                           129

$                        14.30

Niger

49

49

0

$                             44

$                          4.90

Nigeria

485

483

2

$                           435

$                        48.30

Oman

23

17

6

$                             15

$                          1.70

Pakistan

963

605

358

$                           545

$                        60.50

Palau

27

27

0

$                             24

$                          2.70

Panama

17

16

1

$                             14

$                          1.60

Papua New Guinea

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Paraguay

17

17

0

$                             15

$                          1.70

Peru

159

159

0

$                           143

$                        15.90

Philippines

161

132

29

$                           119

$                        13.20

Poland

31

2

29

$                               2

$                          0.20

Portugal

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Qatar

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Romania

26

13

13

$                             12

$                          1.30

Russia

1,261

1,261

0

$                        1,135

$                     126.10

Rwanda

172

172

0

$                           155

$                        17.20

Samoa

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Sao Tome and Principe

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Saudi Arabia

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Senegal

78

77

1

$                             69

$                          7.70

Serbia

58

58

0

$                             52

$                          5.80

Serbia and Montenegro \3

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Seychelles

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sierra Leone

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Singapore

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Slovak Republic

7

5

2

$                               5

$                          0.50

Slovenia

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Somalia

351

303

48

$                           273

$                        30.30

South Africa

568

567

1

$                           510

$                        56.70

Spain

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sri Lanka

69

68

1

$                             61

$                          6.80

St. Kitts and Nevis

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

St. Lucia

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sudan

1,196

997

199

$                           897

$                        99.70

Suriname

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Swaziland

14

14

0

$                             13

$                          1.40

Syria

36

36

0

$                             32

$                          3.60

Tajikistan

70

69

1

$                             62

$                          6.90

Tanzania

1,061

1,061

0

$                           955

$                     106.10

Thailand

55

53

2

$                             48

$                          5.30

Timor-Leste

35

35

0

$                             32

$                          3.50

Togo

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Tonga

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Trinidad and Tobago

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Tunisia

11

1

10

$                               1

$                          0.10

Turkey

22

12

10

$                             11

$                          1.20

Turkmenistan

22

22

0

$                             20

$                          2.20

Uganda

456

455

1

$                           410

$                        45.50

Ukraine

111

103

8

$                             93

$                        10.30

United Arab Emirates

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

United Kingdom

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

Uruguay

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Uzbekistan

14

14

0

$                             13

$                          1.40

Vanuatu

13

13

0

$                             12

$                          1.30

Venezuela

19

19

0

$                             17

$                          1.90

Vietnam

87

87

0

$                             78

$                          8.70

West Bank/Gaza \4

575

575

0

$                           518

$                        57.50

Yemen

37

32

5

$                             29

$                          3.20

Zambia

262

262

0

$                           236

$                        26.20

Zimbabwe

234

234

0

$                           211

$                        23.40

Other

49,057

33,611

15,446

$                     30,250

$                  3,361.10

source: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/foreign_commerce_aid/foreign_aid.html

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2 Responses to “Here’s $5.9 billion to help with the U.S. budget”

  1. Sammi78 said

    Why hasn’t anyone else brought this up?

  2. ewwood said

    10%?
    I am not really a completely stingy bastard… but I do not think that would be enough. Every “here-it-is” hand-out the U.S. gives out should be cut down to somewhere in the 50 to 25% range. A 10% decrease is fine for actual debts we may owe other countries, but if we are just giving money away, that seriously needs to be curbed until the countless issues within this own country are seriously addressed, and I mean by more than a “woe-is-they” commercial spot on MTV. Consider the possibilities that could be accomplished if the charity we provided, we provided right to our own country! I am not and will never be a huge supporter of unregulated welfare programs, but I do completely admit that those programs are short-funded. But it is better to send that money overseas to countries that admit to despising this country, or do nothing to pick itself up? Is that not insane?

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