WASHINGTON, September 20 -
Over the last week, we have watched as anti-American groups throughout the world have killed Americans, attacked our embassies, had protests, burned the American flag, and destroyed our property in many parts of the world. These events and events that have preceded them bring up that question again that these countries that we give aid to seem to be countries where there is violence against America. So I want to spend a few minutes talking about the aid Americans, when they write that check to the government, our government, spend all over the world.
This is a map of countries in the world that the United States of America taxpayers give assistance to worldwide. You’ll see there are three colors. The red are colors that the United States gives foreign aid to – And you can see that’s most of the countries in the world – and it is most of the countries. There are 191 countries in the world. Sometimes there are 193, depending on whether those last two are really countries or not. And American taxpayers give money to do 158 of them. So you see those that are in the red. The green represents countries that we give military aid to. And the few little blue countries – a couple in Europe, a couple in Africa – those are countries we don’t give any money to. By far, the minority. So you see the massive world as we know it, American money goes to most of it.
Now you notice over here there’s a red block in this part of the world. And I’m sure, Mr. Speaker, you would recognize this massive country here. That’s Russia. Yes, American aid goes to Russia. And did you know even though China controls so much of our debt, American money, yes, goes to China as well.
So maybe we need to rethink how we do this. With all the problems we’ve got in the United States, the taxpayers are writing checks for countries throughout the world. And here’s how we vote on foreign aid. And I suspect the Senate does it that same way. We put all the countries in a list and in a bill and the State Department usually submits an amount of money they would like us to give to this country. And then this House votes “up” or “down” on all 158 countries.
Now maybe we ought to do business a little better. Maybe should vote country by country. Some say, Oh, it’ll take too long. Hey, we’re talking about American money here. It wouldn’t take very long at all. I think that if we voted “up” or “down” country per country, most of these countries are not going to get any aid from the United States in a bipartisan way. Of course, probably Israel would. And 80 percent of the money given to Israel is spent back in the United States. I think most Members support Israel. Maybe one or two other countries.
Let’s vote “up” or “down” country by country. And some of these countries that we’ve had unrest in in the last couple of weeks – like Libya, like Egypt – maybe we need to reevaluate the money we send to them. At the very least, what we ought to do in countries like Libya and Egypt, and in some of these other countries that are destroying American property as we speak, who have looted, pillaged, and destroyed our embassies, like in Egypt, the money that we’re going to give them in aid, take a portion of it out to help rebuild the embassies that are in that country and pay for the property damage, and probably even take money out we’ve given to Libya and pay reparations to the four Americans were killed in Libya.
Let’s use some common sense when we’re spending money oversees. And maybe we shouldn’t be trying to go all over the world and play nice with people. We’ve had a foreign aid problem since before I was born. We continue to give money to countries in the hope that they will like us. Well, how’s that working for you? Not too good, is the way that I see it.
Mr. Speaker, we don’t need to continue support countries like Pakistan. I’m astonished we will still give money to Pakistan. They harbored Osama bin Laden. They put in prison the informant that told us where he was hiding. I believe some of the money we give Pakistan ends up in the hands of the Taliban and corrupt military government. But yet we keep paying them.
This summer the House did vote to out $625 million from Pakistan. But yet when the CR came through last week – the continuing resolution – that money is back in, going to Pakistan. Pakistan is just one of many examples, Mr. Speaker. We don’t need to pay these countries to hate us. We don’t need to pay them to betray us. They will do it for free.
And that’s just the way it is.