Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Help Abroad Confrimed, Help at Home Denied.

The United States is sending $100 million in aid to Pakistan to help alleviate the plight of the estimated 2 million people displaced by the offensive against Taliban extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday.

The money comes on top of $60 million in assistance already provided by the United States to Pakistan since last August.

The assistance is "essential to the global security and security of the United States," Clinton said in a White House briefing. Much of the aid will be directed toward the purchase of Pakistani grain as part of a larger "investment in the people and economy in Pakistan." Read More Here

So…What about America? I am honestly curious as to why Pakistan is receiving so much money in this time of economic hardship. Hell, we tell homeless people that funding is drying up to help them. We close several inner city schools and make one conglomerate one in many major cities due to lack of funds to adequately run the appropriate amount of schools. (They should be opening far more, not closing so many.) They don’t properly treat veterans that went and shed blood on the politicians behalf. We let over a thousand homes a month get foreclosed, and watch millions stand empty handed in the ever long job search. Yet, somehow, someway, we find $100 million for Pakistanis?

Let me write it out so it looks like a more formidable number. $100,000,000.00 dollars. TRUE, it is for poor, displaced people of a war torn are. It is a noble cause, I can say. BUT WHAT ABOUT OUR OWN? We need to take care of our own before so eagerly handing out millions that could benefit Americans that seriously need it. Granted, some Americans do not deserve help, but I would rather they were at least on their feet and had a second chance, as they should, rather than help some random foreigner. Maybe I am just cold hearted.

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