Leah Barkoukis

According to the U.S. Treasury, U.S. spending on foreign aid has not only skyrocketed, it also trumps the amount spent on U.S. border security. CNS News has the details:

From fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2011, according to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government increased spending on foreign aid by 80 percent and, in fiscal 2011, spent 76 percent more on foreign aid than it did securing the borders of the United States.

In fiscal 2008, the government spent a total of $11.427 billion in international assistance programs, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement. In fiscal 2011, according to the statement, it spent $20.599 billion—an increase of $9.172 billion, or 80 percent, from 2008.

Prior to President Obama taking office, international assistance spending had been trending down for three years, according to the Treasury. In fiscal 2005, it was $14.787 billion. In fiscal 2006, it dropped to $13.914 billion. In fiscal 2007, it dropped again to $12.764 billion. And, in fiscal 2008, it dropped yet again to $11.427 billion. […]

The $20.599 billion spent on foreign aid last year was 76 percent more than the $11.698 billion spent on customs and border protection.

Let’s get a few things straight. As the national debt burgeoned over the past few years, the largely ineffective and bloated foreign aid industry, which has a penchant for propping up dictators and regimes harboring terrorists, received 76 percent more funding than border security. Meanwhile, farmers and ranchers among others along the U.S. border live in a constant state of fear, Mexican drug cartels control some parts of Arizona and “due to human safety concerns,” parts of Arizona’s Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge have been closed to U.S. citizens. As this occurs, Obama makes a joke about it, warning signs are put up, and our border patrol agents are being murdered:

 

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Priorities.


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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