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The media is abuzz about President Obama's request for 3.7 billion dollars in emergency funds to assist with the border disaster that he himself created. WTF?? We are way over our heads in debt, entitlement programs are bleeding us dry and the economy continues to suck pond water - where are we gonna get that money from? Are we just gonna swipe our nation's credit card through the scanner and pray that the Chinese don't deny our charging privileges?
It got me thinking. What could we do to kill 2 birds with one stone - get the emergency funds without raising our deficit for the millionth time. Then it hit me - what about all the damned money we send to the very same countries shipping their kids (and criminals) to the United States? According to the Congressional Research Service, the proposed amount of federal aid for fiscal year 2013 that was earmarked for Central America is 350.3 million dollars! Guatemala alone was slated for 93.6 million while El Salvador was due 41.8 million. If you include the money that we were supposed to fork over to Mexico, the total jumps to 619.8 million.
Now I realize that is not enough to foot the bill totally but it's a great start. After all, the aid money is supposed to be used to "combat trafficking in persons", "promote the rule of law and good governance" and "to control the borders". I think the current crisis falls under all of those items plus more. Why do we need to send our hard earned money to all these other countries anyway? No one sends the USA any money to help bail us out of this hell-hole of debt. Yes, I know that's silly to believe that our tax dollars should stay here in the USA to help the people who actually earn the money...
I did come across an article on the Heritage website - which I usually agree 100% with - that addressed why removing the foreign aid would cause problems and destabilize our security in the long run.
"When used wisely, foreign aid is a key national security tool. It ensures U.S. partnerships, promotes like-minded democratic institutions, and provides the U.S. with leverage abroad. Congress should understand that as security conditions in the region continue to deteriorate, cutting foreign aid would undermine the U.S.’s security interests."
Meh - right now our main concern should be the threat to our security from the thousands of illegals (not just kids making the trek and holding up in those DHS shelters) spilling across our border. Not to mention the gangbangers and illegals from Yemen or Pakistan that are crossing along with the rest of the crowd.
Then I found this little tidbit from a link at FreeRepublic...
The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, will provide for more border checkpoints along Mexico's border with Guatemala, and offer more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north. The illegal aliens will receive a so-called Regional Visitor's Card, according to El Universal.
Still researching to see if the Southern Border Program to Improve Passage is the real deal or another Internet conspiracy theory so take it with a grain of salt.
Anyway - let's quit sending the money to the Central American countries who don't give a rats' ass about the sovereignty of the United States. We can use the funds to send their citizens back to live within THEIR borders instead of our own. And once we send them back - make sure we lock the door and only allow LEGAL immigration. Our doors are open but only if you obey the rules to get across the threshold.
Rush Limbaugh talked about The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage on his show Friday. Today World Net Daily has a column about it also. I guess I can take off the tinfoil hat cause it looks like it's the real deal. WHAT. A. FREAKING. DISASTER.