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    Posted December 29, 2012 by
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    The fiscal cliff: Messages to Washington

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    My New Years Message to Washington: Re-evaluate Foreign Aid

     

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    I understand foreign aid is very important for our role in the world, but we keep talking about cutting healthcare, un-employment and education for Americans yet we continue to provide Billions to other countries for similar programs there. The government web site foreignassistance.gov shows a break down by country of where we are providing aid. While I’m absolutely sure we’ve done some good in these countries for the money we’ve spent – I think we should be looking to spend more of this money here in America – or not at all.

    Any foreign aid that is given out should require the country receiving the aid to use the money on goods made ONLY by American companies.

    We should also Reduce Job Offshoring. Washington needs to provide incentives for companies to create more jobs here in the United States. We should become a net jobs importer, not a jobs exporter.

    I’d love to see a lively discussion on this.

    Thank you and happy new year.
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