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May 22, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Start spending cuts with foreign aid

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In response to the piece Wednesday from a Boston Globe columnist, “What happened to the 20 percent?” may I offer a comment or two?

In the piece, it was stated that the “fiscal cliff” solution should include tax increases on the top 20 percent of wage earners or cuts to “entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.”

That may be so, but why is it never mentioned that we might also reconsider contributing amounts such as $1.3 billion to Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?

And how about considering the extravagant amount of foreign aid we give to the other 17 countries in the U.N. that have voted against the U.S. over 88 percent of the time?

Why do we only seem to consider cutting domestic programs to our own citizens, when we fund countries, many of whose citizens celebrate our misfortune when airplanes destroy our buildings and kill our citizens?

Borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend, and then gifting billions of those dollars to countries that couldn’t care less about our welfare seems to fall into the category of “fiscal insanity.”

As one of our freshman congressmen recently commented, “Why should we pay countries to hate us when they’ve shown they’re willing to do it for free?”

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