The latest blow up over Trump seems to be because he has questioned the wisdom in giving $3/4 Billion to folks who want us dead and complain about us not converting to their religion, while killing and maiming “infidels” whenever they get the chance (remember that Arafat invented the airliner hi-jacking and blowing up for ransom process…)
My question is just WHY in hell are we giving them ANY money?
(As a sidebar, I’ve seen the number $1 Billion stated as what we give Egypt.. IMHO another total waste).
Looking into it is at best confusing. Al Jazeera stated it was about $3/4 Billion. Other sources just say “hundreds of Millions”. One source says $300 Million directly to Palestine and another huge chunk to UNRWA – a UN agency that seems to exist only to fund free medical care, food, and schools for Palestinians. Hey, how about some of that for US Citizens, eh? WHY are our students up to their eyeballs in Student Loans, and our citizens forced to pay $THOUSANDS/year for “medical insurance” (that then hits them with more costs in co-pay fees and fractional coverage…) when we give free medical care to folks in another country? Insane doesn’t begin to cover it. Complete Patsy starts to get there.
Near as I can tell, it’s about $1 Billion PER YEAR we ship off to Palestine to folks who hate us and everything we stand for, want us dead, and mostly just cause trouble in the region. I say just shit can the lot of it and “re-visit” the issue in a few years, if needed…
The New York Times has some information in it (even if drowning in “progressive thought” surrounding it). For example:
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program, more so for the UN:
Why was Unrwa set up?
The agency was set up in 1949 to provide humanitarian aid in the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which left hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced in the Middle East. Unrwa was initially intended to be a temporary agency, but it has continued to provide support for Palestinian refugees for the better part of six decades. Palestinians are the only refugee group whose support is not handled under the broader mandate of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
So let me get this straight: For almost my entire life, over 1/2 century, we, the USA, have been the major funder of a UN Agency who’s sole purpose is to funnel OUR money to free medical treatment, education, food, etc. for Palestinians?
Man oh man what a con job!
What does Unrwa do?
Unrwa mainly provides services and funding for those registered as Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. (The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is responsible for Palestinian refugees outside Unrwa’s areas of operation.)
Nearly the entire population of the Gaza Strip receives aid from Unrwa. The agency acts almost as a de facto government there, responsible for the majority of schools, health care facilities and some public services.
In Jordan, which hosts more than two million registered Palestinian refugees, hosts the largest number of people who are provided aid by Unrwa.
More than half of Unrwa’s budget for programs goes toward education, and in 2016, 17 percent of the budget was set aside for health care. On Wednesday, the agency pointed out the role that it plays in the region, while also highlighting the United States’ contribution to those efforts.
My spouse works in the local school district. They are presently deciding just which schools to close due to insufficient funding. This is in California in the USA.
So we are spending money to provide schools to folks who hate us, while closing our own schools for our own children.
Insanity doesn’t even come close to capturing the stupid in this.
This is just ONE group. Just ONE set of the money suckage out of the USA.
Dear Mr. President Trump: Please go to zero based budgeting for ALL such money transfers out of the USA. Establish a requirement that ALL USA students, families, and citizens must have THEIR needs for food, education, and healthcare met before ANY money is shipped off to foreigners. It makes no sense at all to rob the American poor to pay foreigners.