Think with your heart
I’m a baby boomer-Italian American-Christian-Old Timer and I have something to say.
Most baby boomers are nice old timers — But not all.
Most Italian Americans are good citizens — But not all.
Most Christians are good people — But not all.
Most Muslims are good people — But not all.
Most Liberals are good people — But not all.
Mosr concervatives are good people — But not all.
Most cops try to do their best — But not all.
Most parents try their best — But not all.
AND ON AND ON ...
We are human — all good guys are a little bad and all bad guys are a little good.
As we get older — we realize that life is more gray than black or white.
So — Think with your heart and make this world a better place.
Do something nice for someone — Karma is a beautiful thing.
John A Fortuna
Busting myths about our nation’s foreign aid
A few weeks ago, President Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan. He prefaced his statement explaining he shares in the American people’s frustrations over the amount of time, energy and money put into rebuilding Afghanistan instead of pursuing national security interests.
Here’s what President Trump got wrong. On average, Americans believe foreign aid comprises 25 percent of the federal budget. In reality, foreign aid only accounts for less than one percent of the federal budget. Military spending, on the other hand, accounts for 18 percent of the federal budget which amounts to $663 billion a year. Foreign aid only amounts to $30 billion annually.
Yet, President Trump believes the United States spends too much on foreign aid. Ironically, even though the United States spends significantly more on defense, President Trump insinuates this budget is not enough to properly pursue national security interests.
What if the United States could pursue its national security interests in a country like Afghanistan while also helping to rebuild a poor country? Furthermore, what if there were a solution that would provide long-term benefits to both the United States and Afghanistan?
The solution lies in increasing the foreign aid budget. Poverty often goes hand in hand with weak governments and corruption. An unstable government also makes a country more vulnerable to terrorists. Terrorism is one of the United States’ top national security priorities. Increasing the foreign aid budget and giving poor countries, such as Afghanistan, the opportunity to rebuild their nation will lift people out of poverty while also reducing the threat of terrorism to the United States.
President Trump claims the United States has invested too much time, energy and money into rebuilding Afghanistan and not enough effort into national security. The facts show this is not true regarding Afghanistan. It also explains why in 2011, after the United States left Afghanistan, the country fell back into the hands of terrorists. The facts are that the United States is not investing enough in long-term solutions in Afghanistan. It’s time to learn the facts and adopt a new strategy.