October 7, 2013 By

Foreign Aid unaffected by ‘Shutdown’

Despite all of the clamor coming from politicians about the end-of-the-world scenario called the “government shutdown” — the State Department confirmed that there’s enough money lying around for foreign aid to continue as usual.

Just before the shutdown last week, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, “we’re able to sustain our [USAID] operations on a limited basis, the vast majority of normal functions and operations will continue.”

The Inter Press Service news agency reports:

“For the moment, U.S. officials have been quick to offer assurances that most U.S.-assisted development programming would not be affected by the shutdown, which formally began at midnight Monday night. But the complexity of U.S. federal programmes and their varying budgetary schedules means that it is impossible to offer an overarching analysis of the ramifications for USAID, the government’s main foreign aid arm.”

While the U.S. government is prohibited from engaging in new contributions to foreign nations or from intervening in any new international emergencies during the shutdown, existing foreign aid contributions will be serviced.

Even with such assurance, some are worried that USAID will cease if the shutdown persists. IPS reports that Rev. John L. McCullough of Church World Services is concerned that “hungry people relying on U.S. aid will not receive food, and children will not receive inoculations against disease” under shutdown conditions.

Like domestic welfare, international welfare programs have to be paid for. And what happens when the money stops? Is furnishing the world with federal aid really a benefit to the foreign poor if they become addicted to it like a drug and don’t learn to absorb their own troubles without U.S. intervention? The world’s poor need to aid, yes, but is such the task of the United States Government?

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Infuriating isn't it? Foreign aid is the very place the cutbacks should start. If we could only get every single taxpayer on board and refuse to pay our taxes come April 15th we could make one hell of a statement!

October 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm

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Glenn Shannon

Barb they started with holding from you check for one reason. If you had to pay that money at the end of the year it would be totally shocking. Sort of like the frog where if you turn up the heat slowly the frog will cook to death but if you throw the frog into boiling water he will immediately try and jump out.

October 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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they only like us for our money…which politicians and the state dept…gives to all others countries while we the people are being enslaved and fleeced…….then we re elect the same liars and thieves to continue the slaughter……maybe the truckers oct 11-13 can awaken the masses…but it is getting harder to wake people up….this shut down should bring many out to disobey authority and use the areas that we the people have paid for with money and blood….Semper Fi

October 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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Mike Travis

Ovomit is not only hurting Americans but he has committed Treason by arming Syrian rebels. He must be charged, tried, convicted, then executed using the very laws he has violated repeatedly.

October 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

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Glenn Shannon

I remember in 1950 a professor at the University of Wisconsin said do not feed these people because if you do instead of a few hundred starving to death in the future hundreds of thousands will. His statement was if you feed them they will continue to multiply and come to a point where it is impossible to take care of them all. Guess what happened to that professor, he was run out on a rail. So you see even back in the 50s you couldn't state facts without dire consequences.

October 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm

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People value sympathy because it makes them feel good, not because it actually gets good results. A great deal of charity is very, very selfish, and the anecdote about that professor is a good example of selfish charity in action. If we lived in a world where people cared enough about helping others to do what had the best results even if it felt bad, we would live in a very different world.

Promote Analytical Empathy!

October 8, 2013 at 12:46 am

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Agreed, but I think you missed one point. "Government Charity" is what the libs want, because they don't want you to have a choice in what you voluntarily give your money to. After all, you might give it to some Christian "hate group." They want the government to TAKE your money and use it for the "correct" charities. Like corrupt dictators who know how to keep their people on a chain.

October 9, 2013 at 1:12 am

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Just whose money does obama think he's spending?

He must think we have unlimited patience and money.

October 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

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Elizabeth Clark

he doesn't care, when are people going to understand this, he is here to rule not govern

October 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

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I could care less if foreign aid is impacted negatively. We shouldn't be sending monies to other nations when we're trillions of dollars in debt, anyway. We have our own citizens to worry about. Once we get our own house in order, then we can consider helping others.

October 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm

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Isn't that swell , throw old people out of there homes in the name of the shutdown and still handout foreign aid , Is there not even one honest man in Washington ?

October 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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Cesare Beccaria


October 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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Used to be one. A doctor from Texas. Name of Ron Paul. People in this country do not want someone honest. That is documented. They want someone who will tell them what they want to hear—Not the Truth. For Whom did you vote?

October 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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Linda Buvens-Butts

A lot of people think/thought Ron Paul was way out there………….Well, compared to what all lis going on now…………I must say he was right.

October 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

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Elizabeth Clark

actually anyone in the republican party would have been better then what we have, if you don't like one u can vote him out in four years, so come on people just do your homework and vote in 2014 we need the senate and the house to get rid of these jerks, that are corrupt. Can not do it with the senate dems in charge

October 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

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Not no but h3ll no!

October 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

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Beverly Golato

Of course the hungry and poor in foreign countries have grown dependent on our money to support them. Sounds like Socialism to me. Get up off your arse and earn your own food. We have people starving here and it's almost all because of the problem with Socialism. This shut down is a good eye opener for people to see the waste in our government. I think that any one of our agencies, like the EPA who only kept 6.6% of it's employees working because the rest were non-essential is a great example of waste. Why do we have them if we don't need them?

October 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

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Unfortunately the hungry and poor never see the "aid". It goes to foreign governments as bribe money. That's how we keep our allies. It also goes to known terrorist groups…for whatever the hell reason.

October 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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K Bright

This is ALL political posturing. Know the US Constitution, ONLY the congress decides funding because they are our direct representatives.

Obamacare was lawfully defunded by the congress – 'Conservative Action' should already KNOW this. That should have been the end of it. Because the senate is doing this supposedly over obamacare tells us, the American people (or should) – that there is a dirty deal somewhere happening that is NOT good for us.

Look, they shut down Amber Alert but kept open M. Obama's online site, etc. They PAID officers to go and close parks that the STATES paid for, that had no federal funding (NONE). This is all posturing.

Most of the "alphabet soup" agencies are not lawful agencies and that is why Ron Paul said that he would shut them down within a few weeks of being a US President. He would invoke the US Constitution and they, including the federal reserce would be gone.
THAT is why both the dems and the repubs USED election fraud to cheat him when he had lawfully won as republican presidential candidate.

Obama was never a lawful candidate ad is not, nor ever will be, a lawful US president. Think not: The 2008 Democratic Nominating Committee (DNC) document did not include language stating that Obama was qualified to be a candidate – neither was H. Clinton. The 2008 Republican Nominating Committee (RNC) document did, as is normal. This shows that the DNC knew that Obama was not qualified, or why change the form?
South Bend, Indiana jury found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election.

If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths? 

October 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

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USMCVeteran USMCVeteran

Of coarse foreign aid is unaffected, just like the bankster bailout we the people are considered nothing more than an ATM machine.

October 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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