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#233799 - 03/29/07 09:44 PM US Military building schools in Belize!
Happy Birthday Sir Isaac Newton Offline
Well done! Some positive vybez for the day.

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#233827 - 03/30/07 01:10 AM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: Sir Isaac Newton]
Otteralum Offline
SIN, while I'm glad that the U.S. military is gaining credibility in some small way, I must remain intellectually honest here.

It would be hypocritical for me to decry U.S. funding of unethical wars and then support this action. Both are inappropriate uses of my tax dollars as a U.S. citizen.

I am not equating the building of schools with killing people, but both use my money for purposes not permitted by our constitution.

Sorry.
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#233847 - 03/30/07 04:35 AM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: Otteralum]
Bill Mc Ghee Offline
Well said OTTER.

However, being the realist I am, it will be long forgotten. The "Invasions" are the only thing that makes the news, and shapes the perceptions of the U.S. No one ( or nation for that matter) ever remembers, talks about, or appreciates the Humanitarian efforts we as tax payers fund day after day.




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#233849 - 03/30/07 05:04 AM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: Bill Mc Ghee]
Anonymous
Giving foreign aid is against the US constitution?

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#233852 - 03/30/07 12:57 PM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: ]
Otteralum Offline
seldom recognized that way, but most certainly YES!

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

And nowhere are the treasures of the U.S. to be given away in the constitution. Thus, unless approved by individual states or the people by direct authority, foreign aid is illegal.
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#233854 - 03/30/07 01:57 PM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: Otteralum]
Bobber Offline
I recognize both points of view as definitely valid. Pragmatically tho, I have seen my tax dollars so frequently pi**ed away on feel good/accomplish nothing projects domestically, that it refreshes me to see something which has a positive impact on the perception of the military. This benefits us as much as them. These people are not conscripted cannon fodder, they are our fellow citizens and talented individuals who have a decided regard for the welfare of others. My hat is off to them, bravo.
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#233856 - 03/30/07 02:07 PM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: Bobber]
Otteralum Offline
Agreed Bobber, and I'm not so naive as to believe our own laws are being followed otherwise.

However, to accept this is to accept the door remaining open for any number of efforts for which there is minimal oversight and accountability.

Americans give more of their personal income as a percentage than any other people on Earth. I would much prefer that taxes be lowered and our citizens be able to give even more. This is a very public story because it involves the U.S. military -- there are countless more stories of generosity that go untold because the givers do not seek the publicity paraded such that this is. Shame.
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#233859 - 03/30/07 02:15 PM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: Otteralum]
Bobber Offline
Agreed Otter. Think the change of power will lower the taxes? Doubtful. I think it has been proven in the last few decades that lowering the taxes rejuvenates the economy. Unfortunately, the new power base would rather get all the control they can, so they can dole it out to those who they deem need it (or party favorites, or entitlements, or whatever. Redistribution of wealth, by any other name is the same). Is it just me, or does this money more often go to those who want it, instead of those who need it?
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#233862 - 03/30/07 02:20 PM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: Bobber]
Otteralum Offline
Not just you at all. The latest Iraq funding bill is a perfect example this. The powerful placate others with power by redistributing the assets of the weakest.

"You give me my subsidy for beet farmers to aid my re-election campaign and I'll fund the troops."

Sick!
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#233866 - 03/30/07 02:41 PM Re: US Military building schools in Belize! [Re: Otteralum]
SP Daily Offline
Originally Posted By: Otteralum

Americans give more of their personal income as a percentage than any other people on Earth.

I don't believe that! Show us the stats.

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