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Foreign Aid to Israel puts the U.S. deeper in debt and is bad Foreign Policy

 When the United States government gives foreign aid to any nation, it throws the concept of Fiscal Responsibility completely out the window.

The U.S. is deeply in debt and must continually borrow money from nations such as China just to operate on a daily basis.  Borrowing money to give away to foreign nations that do not pay into our national treasury is fiscally irresponsible.  Borrowing money to give to Israel is a heavy burden on the American taxpayer and we simply can not afford to increase taxes so that we can give that money away to foreign nations, Israel included.  Giving foreign aid to Israel is not fiscally conservative.

Considering that the U.S. has a massive problem with the debt ceiling and the Debt-to-GDP ratio is higher for the U.S. than Israel, one could argue that Israel giving foreign aid to the U.S. would make more sense.  The U.S. can support Israel in many ways, but financially is the wrong way.  The U.S. is over $14 Trillion in debt, an amount of over $46,000 per citizen and growing by the day.

The position that a portion of my income should be taken from me by force and given to foreign nation goes against the concept of limited government.  American citizens can and should be free to give their own private money to Israel if they wish.  When the government is spending taxpayer’s money to fund another nation’s programs, it is simply redistribution of wealth.

Redistributing wealth from American taxpayers to a foreign nation is simply another form of welfare.  Welfare is favored by socialists and it is looked upon as a situation where the ends justifies the means.  Socialism and redistribution of wealth is wrong, even if it is done with the best of intentions. 

For many decades the national debt of the U.S. has been ignored and fiscal irresponsibility has been tolerated.  The debt is now over $129,000 per taxpayer and growing.  It is not possible to borrow our way out of debt and the only solution is to spend less than we have.  Redistributing money we do not have and must borrow is part of the problem.  Part of the solution is for Israel to use their own tax revenues for their own programs. 

Borrowing money from China to give to foreigners and sticking the bill to our children is not fiscally responsible for any nation and is a bad foreign policy.

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Is Ron Paul a true conservative Republican?

Ron Paul is a conservative Republican in the mold of Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.  Ron Paul in not a neoconservative Republican in the mold of George W. Bush, John McCain or Irving Kristol.  It is important to look at history to understand the difference between a  conservative and a neoconservative.

Conservatives:

Robert Taft was a Republican Senator from Ohio from 1939 until his death in 1953.  Taft was one of the most important Republican Party congressional leaders of the twentieth century as was known by the nickname of Mr. Republican.  Taft was the acknowledged national leader of the Republican party’s conservative faction and was the chief ideologue and spokesperson for conservatism during the 1940s and 1950s. 

Barry Goldwater was a Republican Senator from Arizona from 1953 until he stepped down from the Senate in 1964 for his presidential campaign.  Goldwater returned to the Senate in 1969 and continued to serve there until he retired in 1987.  Goldwater was known by the nickname of Mr. Conservative  was the epitome of a conservative Republican during his five terms in the Senate.

Ronald Reagan was a two term Republican Governor of California from 1967 until 1975.  In 1976 Reagan lost his run for the Republican Presidential nomination, but did win the nomination and Presidency in 1980 and 1984.  Reagan was known for his conservative speech “A Time for Choosing” in support of Goldwater’s 1964 Presidential campaign and as the conservative Republican choice for President in 1976, 1980 and 1984.

Ron Paul was elected as a three term Republican Representative in Texas from 1979 to 1985 after which time he returned to his medical practice in Texas.  Ron Paul returned to the House of Representatives in 1997 and has been re-elected seven consecutive times as a Republican.  Ron Paul is known by the nickname of Dr. No because he never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.

  • Robert Taft was a conservative Republican
  • Barry Goldwater was a conservative Republican
  • Ronald Reagan was a conservative Republican
  • Ron Paul is a conservative Republican.

Neoconservatives:

Irving Kristol was the godfather of neoconservatism.  Irving Kristol was not a follower of conservatives such as Taft, Goldwater or Reagan.  Irving Kristol was a follower of Leon Trotsky.  Leon Trotsky was a Russian Marxist revolutionary, a Soviet politician and the founder of the Red Army.  Trotskyism is a theory of Marxism.  Karl Marx was a German philosopher and revolutionary socialist who developed the socio-political theory of Marxism.  Marx published various books during his lifetime, with the most notable being The Communist Manifesto.

The neoconservative persuasion emerged during the early 1970s among Democrats that were pro-war in Vietnam and disagreed with their party’s opposition to the war.  These former liberals advocated the assertive promotion of democracy and United States national interest in international affairs including through military means.  Neoconservatives began to reject LBJ’s Great Society programs and moved away from the Democratic Party and into the Republican Party during the 1970s. 

Henry Jackson was a Democratic Senator from Washington from 1953 until his death in 1983.  Jackson lost his run for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1972 and 1976.  Jackson was the inspiration for neoconservative foreign policy in 1970s.  Democratic aides to Jackson such as Paul Wolfowitz, Elliott Abrams, Charles Horner, Douglas Feith and Richard Perle were the first generation of neoconservatives.

  • Irving Kristol was a Trotskyist and the godfather of neoconservatism
  • Leon Trotsky was a Marxist
  • Henry Jackson was a Democrat and the godfather of neoconservative foreign policy
  • Neoconservatives favor an expensive interventionist foreign policy based on deficit spending
  • Deficit spending is not conservative and is not fiscally responsible
  • An interventionist foreign policy is not conservative as it expands the government and the national debt

Being conservative is not supporting Marxist positions such as neoconservatives do. Neoconservatives took over the Republican party from men such as Taft, Goldwater and Reagan and brought in their Trotskyite ideas thanks to Irving Kristol.  Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, and Richard Perle are neoconservatives.  George W. Bush is a neoconservative.  Neoconservatives are highly in favor of deficit spending and a foreign policy of unlimited government intervention. 

Is Ron Paul a true conservative Republican? Yes, Ron Paul is a conservative Republican and is dedicated to fiscal responsibility and limited government.  Ron Paul in not a neoconservative Republican and rejects deficit spending and expanding the government.

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Fiscal Responsibility: Ron Paul vs. Mitt Romney

When it comes to the issue of fiscal responsibility both Ron Paul and Mitt Romney understand that the spending of the U.S. federal government is out of control.  The annual budget deficits are leading to an ever increasing national debt that is unsustainable.  The federal spending must be cut massively in order to balance the budget and that means massive cuts to the size of the federal government.

There are three steps that must be taken in order to get to a point of fiscal responsibility.

  1. End deficit spending
  2. Reduce entitlement spending
  3. Reduce military spending

Ending deficit spending is simple, as an adult knows, just do not spend more money than you take in.  Living within your means is the only responsible thing for any adult to do and it is no different for a government.  Not only must our federal government balance the budget each year, but they need to run a surplus if we are ever to have a chance of paying down our national debt.  This means we must spend significantly less than we take in each year.

Reducing entitlement spending is necessary, but difficult, as that requires American citizens to be willing to get less entitlements than they are expecting and have paid taxes for.  Medicare and Medicaid account for about 23% of federal spending and Social Security accounts for about 20% of our federal spending.  Combined they are taking up an increasing amount of our federal budget as the workforce of taxpayers is decreasing.  Reform is essential and must be done in a way that does not cause harm to the very citizens that have come to be dependent upon the programs they have paid for and expect.

Reducing military spending is absolutely necessary as it accounts for about 20% of our federal spending.  This amount increases as the federal government wages wars in more and more places around the globe.  In addition to the existing wars going on, the U.S. has over 900 military bases in over 130 countries all over the world.  The U.S. State Department recognizes 194 countries in the world, which means we have bases in over 67% of the countries on Earth.  All of this military spending is unsustainable and unnecessary for our national defense.

While both Ron Paul and Mitt Romney recognize steps 1 and 2 are required for the federal government to become fiscally responsible, only Ron Paul is willing to take on step 3 to reduce the expense of military spending.  The U.S. taxpayers simply can not afford to provide for the defense of nations that do not pay into our national treasury.  Increasing our military spending will not only strain our budget, but it will continue to strain peace around the world.  The path for peace and prosperity can only be achieved by including a reduction of military spending in our plan for fiscal responsibility.

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