[Rushtalk] Time to end foreign aid to Israel and everyone else

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Fri May 25 09:48:12 MDT 2018

Published: May 25, 2018
Author: Jacob G. Hornberger

Given the recent shooting of unarmed Palestinian protestors at the hands
of Israeli soldiers, leaving 58 people killed and 2,700 injured, isn’t
it time for the American people to be asking the following question
about the role of the federal government in the lives of the American
people: Why should any American be forced to subsidize the salaries of
the Israeli soldiers who did the shooting and the rifles and bullets
they used in the massacre?

I am referring, of course, to “foreign aid,” the federal program by
which American citizens are forced to fund foreign regimes that many
would choose not to fund if they had a choice.

Even those who support the deadly mayhem in Gaza nonetheless would be
hard-pressed to explain why anyone should be forced to fund something
that violates his own conscience.

In a genuinely free society (as compared to an unfree society that only
purports to be free), people keep their own money and decide what they
wish to do with it. Some donate to this cause, others donate to that
cause, and some don’t make any donations at all.

That was one of the basic principles of freedom on which the United
States was founded. Our American ancestors decided that this would be a
society in which there would be no income taxation or IRS. Thus, for
more than 100 years, the American people were free to keep everything
they earned.

By the same token, no one was forced to share his income with others. In
other words, no mandatory charity. That’s because our American ancestors
believed that no one should be forced to be good and caring. If
donations were to occur, they would have to come voluntarily and
willingly from the income that people were free to keep.

At the risk of belaboring the obvious, the society that America’s
founders brought into existence was the most unusual in history,
especially given such other features as no Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, farm subsidies, welfare, public schooling, drug laws,
immigration controls, Federal Reserve, paper money, minimum-wage laws,
price controls, massive standing army, military-industrial complex, CIA,
NSA, FBI, entangling alliances, foreign wars, foreign interventions, and
other welfare-warfare departments, agencies, and programs that
characterize the type of system that Americans (and everyone else in the
world) live under today.

Moreover, no foreign aidI

Let’s break down foreign aid to its essentials in order to clearly
comprehend why it is so reprehensible.

Unlike the first century of Americans, Americans have lived under a
federal income tax since 1913, just as most people around the world do.
The law requires them to send a certain portion of their income to the
U.S. Treasury. If they refuse to do so, they are met with the full
totalitarian-like powers of the Internal Revenue Service, including
liens, garnishments, attachments, audits, harassment, arrest,
indictment, prosecution, conviction, incarceration, and fine.

Thus, the myth that some U.S. officials have promoted over the years
that the income tax is voluntary is just that — a myth, actually a lie.
It’s not voluntary because if any individual decides against paying the
tax, the feds, especially the IRS, do very bad things to him. That’s not
voluntarism. That’s coercion in its purest form.

The U.S. government then uses a portion of those seized monies to send
money or armaments to the Israeli government. We call it “foreign aid”
but in actuality it is nothing more than government-to-government
welfare. The Israeli government then uses the “foreign aid” to
underwrite its programs and operations against the Palestinians.

U.S. officials and Israeli officials maintain that U.S. foreign aid to
Israel is justified because the Israelis, they say, are in the right in
their long-standing dispute with the Palestinians.

But why shouldn’t each American be free to make that call for himself?
Why should a person who disagrees with that assessment be forced to fund
something that violates his conscience? Why shouldn’t Americans be free
to decide whether to send money to Israel, just as they are free to say
“no” to the grocery-store clerk who asks if they wish to contribute a
dollar to “support the troops”? Don’t forget: voluntary charity was one
of the basic principles of freedom on which our nation was founded.

Indeed, today there are many Americans who send donations to the Israeli
state and to private groups within Israel. There are regular fundraising
drives in synagogues and by other private groups across America that
raise money for both the Israeli government and private Israeli groups.
No one forces anyone to donate. It’s all voluntary. That’s the way it
should be.

By forcing everyone to fund the Israeli government, including its
actions against the Palestinians, foreign aid clearly violates that
fundamental principle of freedom. Everyone, including people who would
ordinarily say “no,” is being forced to fund something whether he wants
to or not.

Of course, it’s not just Israel. Consider Egypt, which is governed by
one of the most brutal, unelected military dictatorships in history, one
that long considered itself to be an enemy of the Israeli state. The
U.S. government sends foreign aid to Egypt in the form of money and
armaments, which Egyptian officials use to maintain their brutal tyranny
against the Egyptian people.

Why should any American be forced to fund the Egyptian tyrants,
especially Americans who oppose tyranny? Why shouldn’t Americans be free
to decide for themselves who to donate to and who not to donate to?

Foreign aid is really nothing more than a crooked, corrupt racket that
the U.S. government operates as a way to control foreign regimes. The
idea is to place foreign regimes on the U.S. government’s welfare dole
as a way of making them dependent on the dole. It has never had anything
to do with any concern for the welfare of foreigners. It has always been
about control. Once a foreign regime goes on the foreign-policy dole, it
will be much more likely be compliant, submissive, and agreeable to the
dole-giver owing to fear of losing its dole.

This realpolitik was made clear just last March by John Bolton, who now
serves as President Trump’s national security advisor. In an article in
the Chicago Tribune, Bolton is quoted as saying, “I’ve been of the view
that votes in the United Nations should cost people, cost countries that
vote against us.” To confirm his point, Bolton pointed out that back in
1990, Yemeni officials voted in the UN against U.S. intervention against
Saddam Hussein, who had previously been a partner and ally of the U.S.
government. Bolton recalled, approvingly, that U.S. Secretary of State
James Baker told the Yemenis that it would prove to be the most
expensive vote they ever cast. Bolton pointed out, “And we did cut their
foreign aid. And there needs to be more of that.”

Moreover, in a time when the U.S. government’s debt, which hangs over
the American people like the sword of Damocles, now exceeds $21 trillion
and when the government continues adding almost a trillion dollars a
year to that debt, shouldn’t Americans be demanding a reduction in
federal spending before U.S. officials drive us all into bankruptcy?

What better place to start than by ending all U.S. foreign aid, not only
to Israel, but also to every other regime in the world? 



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