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By Virgil Vaupel
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But It's Just A Few Billion Dollars

 


Let's take a closer look at the federal budget and where your tax dollars end up. Please keep reading. It's important for you to know this stuff as it affects your very lives.

Folks think that what happens in Washington, D.C. (District of Corruption) won't affect us here in Glasgow, Hinsdale, Valley County or the state of Montana. Buffalo Bagels to that! As Colonel Potter had a penchant for saying.

Every tax dollar that leaves Valley County affects us in some way or other. How much of it comes back here? All or none? And if it all doesn't come back, where does the excess go?

Will it be sent back here to help provide services for the needy? Will most of it come back to help build roads, schools, sewer and water systems, and other badly needed infrastructure?

What is it that those folks we elected to run this country don't understand when we use the words “broke,” “insolvent” and “bankrupt”?

With the debt at 17 trillion and going up quickly, one might think what's just a few billion more when another country needs it so badly?

Well, let's just say that your body has the capabilities to make a cup of blood per day. That amount is just enough to enhance the nine cups of blood it takes to keep your body alive every day and to keep your blood balance balanced.

What will happen when you start losing blood at the rate of a teaspoon per day because you haven't been taking care of yourself and eating the foods you need to rebuild blood?

First off, you probably won't notice just a teaspoon full because you'll be thinking, “I have lots of blood and a teaspoon full won't make that much difference.”

Then the teaspoon turns into a tablespoon and the tablespoon turns into half a cup and the half a cup becomes a pint and the pint becomes a quart and so forth.

It won't be long before your body can't replace the blood you use every day and you become anemic and your body slowly dies.

Pretty much what's going on in government today.

President Obama said that of the money being sent to other countries around the world, it's “only” 1.6% of the total federal budget.

The other argument made by the feds – liberal and conservative alike – about foreign aid is that it “promotes business between the two countries.”

Yikes!! Think about that one folks.

Here's the scenario. We send $100 million to a country overseas. The small amount that finally reaches the people after the heads of state and other government officials get done “dipping their beaks” is a paltry sum indeed, and this has been proven time and time again. Yet those in power keep requesting and we keep sending.

The paltry sum of money that finally reaches the people is then spent to buy goods that were manufactured mainly in China, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, et al.

So what that means is that by the United States giving millions to some foreign country, we are promoting trade between that country and the country that makes the goods they are buying with your tax dollars.

With our manufacturing in the toilet here in the United States, some countries that benefit by receiving a chunk of the foreign aid budget given out by the U.S. government are certainly not buying stuff from us.

But as the pols on both sides of the aisle say, “Hey, it's just a couple bucks.”

Or as I say, “Hey, it's just another teaspoon full of blood.”

That's it for now folks. Thanks for listening.

 

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