America, help thyself, not other countries

October 11, 2011

It's hard to imagine why we continue to give away billions in foreign aid when America is sinking further into debt and problems at home are rising at an alarming rate.

Unemployment is sky high, food stamps are at a record high, home foreclosures/evictions are rising and our infrastructure is crumbling.

Our schools are dilapidated, jobs continue to go overseas, many pension funds have gone be the wayside and citizens are going without health care or cutting back on prescriptions. Homelessness and hunger are evident across the country.

America always has and always will aid other countries in distress. However, America is now in serious trouble itself. Perhaps Congress should consider introducing a bill to limit foreign aid temporarily so the government can provide much-needed assistance to states that are about to go bankrupt and help them avoid layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters.

John V. Daley, Ellicott City

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