Essay on The Benefits of Foreign Aid

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An enlarged, long-term program of economic assistance to the peoples of Free Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America is justified on this positive and constructive basis; it is in the interest of the United States that we and our children live in a world of independent, open societies, each developing its own version of political democracy...our enemy is poverty, despair, stagnation and the fear that only totalitarian methods can lift a poor agrarian society into sustained growth. Our task is to demonstrate in this generation that economic growth and human liberty can evolve hand in hand. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961

President John F. Kennedy established the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in
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There are many Americans who live in poor conditions, and the United States should consider their needs first before considering the needs of foreign people. The destitute and penniless Americans have priority over the destitute and penniless foreigners. According to Senator Jesse Helms, "We've reached a place in our foreign policy that we need to concentrate on what's good for America and stop this business of handling out money to gonernments all over the world." America's first priority should be toward's the citizens of its nation.

Tens of thousands of Americans are losing their jobs. In some states there's no gasoline for school buses, and rural children are staying at home. In many of America's cities, water and sewer systems are cracking with age; whole sections of cities are beginning to look like sets for post-nuclear war films. Dangerous toxic-watse dumps remain dangerous because there is no money to clean them up. Too many Americans are hurting. (Reese A22)

Another reason for not providing foreign is is due to the overpopulation of the world. There are too many people and not enough food to feed them with. The number of people outstrip the food supply, and helping them will only prolong their agony. According to John Harpers, author of What Libertarianism Is, "Population growth is outstripping food production, ... the more people who are saved the more misery there will be in the long run." The

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