I know this blog is about Pennsylvania but some national issues beg exposure.
It never ceases to amaze me how Obama has us looking left when we should be looking right, pun intended. Fox News has a great piece about American aid to despots and wealthy nations.
The U.S. is expected to spend about $36.7 billion on its foreign aid budget next year, but large chunks of that money will be going to countries whose leaders openly vilify the U.S. -- and to others that are already rolling in dough.
Americans went broke last year filling up their tanks thanks to high gas prices leveraged by OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Yet this year, the State Department budget provides millions to oil-rich kingdoms relishing huge profits, like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Much of the foreign aid budget is spent on military, disaster and humanitarian assistance. But some of the spending for 2010 will be heading to countries where dictators rule:
$98 million to persuade Kim Jong-il of North Korea to give up nuclear weapons
$20 million for political prisoners and political rights in Castro's Cuba
$6 million to promote civil society in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela
$500,000 for border security in Muammar al-Qaddafi's Libya
$26 million to help train police in Evo Morales' Bolivia
$56 million to support the rule of law and human rights in Vladimir Putin's Russia, arguably one of the world's richest nations
And the Democrats have the nerve to talk about rich Republicans when they are supplying the likes of these characters with an immense amount of money. Chavez...al-Qaddaffi...unbelivable.
If you really want to crack up look at where Qaddaffi took up residence this week in New York. Is there comfort in the fact that he is having trouble pitching his tent.